It was announced recently that our namesake BJ Penn would be returning to the UFC for yet another fight. News then emerged that Penn had verbally agreed to a bout, however no further details were given.
On a recent episode of Chael Sonnen’s “You’re Welcome!” podcast, he was joined by 3-time UFC featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes, who sounded off on the return of Penn.
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“No, B.J. Just no. I think for a lot of people that have been the man for as long as he has – and I’m not saying this like I know him, and this is all speculation – but I think it’s hard for a lot of these people to let go. Some time passes, and it’s not like he’s being forgot, but he probably doesn’t get quite the attention he does when he’s in the octagon. I can’t imagine there are any financial issues, but you never know. But (expletive), he had a run. He did great. He’s a legend in the sport. There’s got to be a time. More than anything I just don’t want to see the guy get hurt. He’s getting older, and this is a brutal sport – not just in the fights, but through training camps. I feel like we get more damage done in training camps than most of the time when you step in the Octagon. If it’s that time, it’s that time.”