Report Of BJ Penn’s Return To The UFC Brought Into Question

June 6, 2013 1:02 pm by Brett Auten


There were headlines aplenty this week when it was reported on ‘UFC Tonight’ that UFC legend B.J. Penn was not only still interested in fighting again but also switching divisions.

“The door is still open for B.J. Penn to return to MMA in the future,” Ariel Helwani reported on the most recent edition of “UFC Tonight.” “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.”

But BJ MMA news director Pedro Carrasco put the brakes on the announcement on Wednesday’s BJPennDotCom Radio show.

“Ariel Helwani does a great job with what he does but I think sometimes he puts words into fighter’s mouths,” Carrasco said. “I think that unless you hear something from BJ directly or one of us directly, somebody from, if we actually hear it directly, as long as it’s a source from BJ, then it’s probably not 100-percent factual.”

Carrasco said he wasn’t going to labor over the story but he assured fans that if they want to know what is really happening with Penn’s career and future, there is only one place to look.

“I believe it to be that if B.J. was going to announce a comeback he would probably do it through me, on this radio show, on not through Ariel Helwani,” Carrasco said. “That’s just the way we roll on That’s the relationship we have with B.J. I’m not saying that Ariel was completely wrong in his report I’m just saying, he didn’t have any quotes from B.J. or interviewed him, he just kind of spouted off some stuff that may or may not be true.”

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