For the last six-plus months fans have speculated on what it would take to prompt UFC legend BJ Penn out of retirement, especially after “The Prodigy” recently turned down a fight with Josh Koscheck. Now the world apparently knows.
Penn, answering a challenge from 22-year old sensation Rory MacDonald, has stated he is willing to end his stint on the sidelines for a crack at the rising star (also a teammate of rival Georges St-Pierre). The bout is believed to be taking place on September 22 in Toronto though nothing official has been confirmed.
The popular Hawaiian’s response to MacDonald came by way of his personal website.
The 13-1 MacDonald has won his last three fights including a pair of strike-based stoppages, the eleventh and twelfth finishes of his career. Meanwhile, Penn holds a record of 16-8 with wins over some of the best the sport has seen such as Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian, and Matt Hughes.
A former champion at lightweight and welterweight, Penn hung up his gloves after an October loss to Nick Diaz, citing an interest in spending time with his family instead of dedicating 100% of his energy to MMA.
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