Josh Koscheck Says UFC Offered Fight With B.J. Penn

The future of UFC great B.J. Penn has been in a bit of doubt following his apparent retirement following his UFC 137 loss, when he said "Joe, this was probably the last time you'll see me in here. I can't keep performing at the top level. That's it Joe. I got a daughter and another daughter on the way, I don't want to go home looking like this. I'm done." Last month, UFC president Dana White said that despite having "heard some s**t" about Penn being retired, when he talked to B.J., he said that he was going to fight again.

There was also a story earlier this month where Dana said that he had tried to make a fight between Penn and Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, but that Penn told him he wasn't fighting for a while.

Now it's Josh Koscheck who looks like he may have won the Penn lottery:

#UFC just offered me to fight BJ Penn...I said YES!!!!! Just waiting on him!!!!!! Let's scrap bra?
May 17 via Twitterrific Favorite Retweet Reply

This may be an appealing fight for Penn as it's an easy fight to promote. The trash talk between Koscheck and Penn would be pretty solid and probably draw some extra fan interest.

It's also a great fight for Penn. Penn's wresting defense is still top notch, especially against someone like Koscheck who has good wrestling but doesn't really do a great job of mixing up where the takedowns are coming from. On the feet, Koscheck doesn't utilize a lot of variety in his striking. It's mostly uppercuts and overhand rights thrown like a baseball. That's the kind of striking game that Penn has always picked apart with his much cleaner boxing.

We'll see if the fight being offered to Koscheck actually leads anywhere or not, but this seems like the kind of bout that might bring Penn out of hiding.

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