Hope was kindled around the MMA community this week when news broke surrounding a potential bout between Josh Koscheck and iconic former champion BJ Penn. According to Koscheck, the UFC offered him a fight with Penn, he’d accepted, and the ball was now in Penn’s court.
Unfortunately, it appears Penn is still content with his decision to call it quits at an age many would say was premature. The 33-year old hung his bloodstained gloves up last October after suffering a one-sided decision loss to Nick Diaz, citing an interest in spending time with his family rather than training like a world-class fighter.
“I know it costs a lot of money to live that lavish lifestyle, big house, fast cars & you need big fights but sorry I’m not coming back anytime soon,” wrote Penn to Koscheck in response to the TUF alumnus’ initial challenge.
UFC President Dana White has also pushed for Penn to come out of retirement but unsuccessfully so it would seem. If the popular Hawaiian does remain shelved he will exit the sport with a 16-8 record, belts in two divisions, and wins over some of MMA’s top talents like Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian, Jens Pulver, Takanori Gomi, Diego Sanchez, and Matt Hughes.
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