UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn hasn’t found much success in the Octagon of late, losing five bouts in a row. His last win came way back in 2010. But that hasn’t dulled his desire to fight. Penn will return to the UFC next month when he faces jiu-jitsu specialist Ryan Hall in a lightweight bout at UFC 232 - and says that he’s likely going to sign a contract extension to continue his career after that.
The 39-year-old former two-division champion elaborated on his plans in an interview on his website:
“I’m just in the process of finalizing a new four-fight contract with the UFC. Everything is going good. I am down here in Brazil. Andre Pederneiras is running the camp. Leo Santos is doing the jiu-jitsu, and Johnny Eduardo is helping me with my striking.”
He was asked for his opinion on Hall’s style, which has been polarizing among MMA fans:
“I think people call Ryan Hall an awkward fighter because he goes upside down and does all the jiu-jitsu stuff and people are sort of afraid because they don’t understand what is going on. But, to me it doesn’t look awkward. It’s just a guy trying to do jiu-jitsu on the ground and I’m ready for that of course.”
He also discusses what he’s up to and where his head is at going into December 29th:
“I’m in a good place right now. I’m out here training and I’m focused. I have my life straight and I am ready to go man. The last time I came down here (to Brazil) and trained for something, I became the first foreigner to win the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships. I love it down here. Andre (Pederneiras) is like a father to me. All of the training he is having me do, it has me feeling like I could go win another championship.”
UFC 232 will be headlined by a light heavyweight championship fight between the returning Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.