Back in June of this year, former UFC lightweight champion and all-around MMA legend BJ Penn made his latest return to cage opposite Germany’s Dennis Siver. While Penn nearly finished Siver in the second round, he ultimately came up short in this comeback bout, losing a majority decision.
Now several months removed from this loss, Penn is content simply relaxing and taking things slow.
“I’m just hanging out, I’m just relaxing, I haven’t really been training or anything,” Penn said on this week’s special Tuesday edition of BJ Penn Radio. “I don’t know, you never know what the future holds but I’m just hanging out. Maybe I’ll start training for fun again and just getting back into it for fun, we’ll see.”
“I don’t feel the fire to compete right now,” he continued. “I’m just kinda hanging out and, I don’t know, I don’t wanna scare anybody and say, ‘Yeah I’m fighting again.’ If I was knocking guys out in the gym all the time then maybe I’d be thinking about it. But I’m gonna go back and start training for fun and just enjoy myself. Just take it easy, enjoy myself.”
“It’s about fire and it’s about that burning drive and that burning desire on the inside to wanna be someone, wanna be something, make a name for yourself, gain some respect, make a life for yourself. That is a big part of the whole thing.”
“I’m gonna be taking it a day at a time and yep, just raise the kids,” he concluded. “We’ll see. I’ll be training but we’ll see. Never know what happens next year. Not saying I’m gonna fight or anything but who knows what’s gonna happen.”
Over the course of his legendary career, BJ Penn has defeated names like Matt Hughes, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Joe Stephenson, Jens Pulver, Renzo Gracie, Duane Ludwig, Takanori Gomi, Matt Serra, and many others. Would you be interested in seeing the UFC Hall-of-Famer step back in the cage?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 22/11/2017.