Former UFC champ B.J. Penn not retiring, looking at lightweight return

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B.J. Penn rules out retiring but is considering returning to 155lbs from Welterweight.

UFC president Dana White has made no secret of his desire for former Welterweight and Lightweight champ B.J. Penn to call it a career. Here's what Dana said about it at the UFC 160 post-fight media scrum:

"B.J. is too tough for his own good," White said. "B.J. might not get knocked out, but the shots that B.J. took would have knocked out a normal human being. He's had his head bounced off the canvas like a basketball by Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald just did it to him. B.J. Penn has left that Octagon looking like a fucking alien. He's too tough for his own good. You don't knockout B.J. Penn -- he absorbs every amount of punishment you give him. It doesn't mean he hasn't taken any damage ... he's taken a lot of damage. And I don't want to see him take any more."

Ariel Helwani reached out to B.J.'s camp and shared what the enigmatic Mr. Penn is thinking with the UFC Tonight audience:

"The door is still open for BJ Penn to return to MMA in the future. He's actually training right now and has to check in with his body and mind in the next few months. If he does come back, it will be at 155 pounds."

Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for updates.


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