Over the last week I’ve been on a BJ Penn career retrospective, watching all of his old BJJ competitions and fights while reading his book whenever I need to make a pit stop in the bathroom (it’s a quick and fun read). BJ’s been one of my favorite fighters for years and I didn’t really think he was going to stay retired, but it’s been 8 months since his last fight, and I wanted to get my fill of The Prodigy. I was even thinking of making a Top Ten BJ Penn guard Passes, that sounds like fun. Now it seems like I somehow sent a telepathic message to BJ with my viewing of his footage, reminding him that he needs to scrap and he hasn’t tasted the blood of an opponent in a very long time.
So take this time to drop what you’re doing, put on a boot and responsibly kick out the nearest window so you can scream to the heavens that Baby Jay has come out of retirement to accept Rory MacDonald’s challenge!
Here’s a statement from BJPenn.com:
In speaking with the director of BJPENN.COM, and after contemplating the matchup and possible return to action with his advisors, BJ Penn issued the following response to Rory MacDonald…
“Rory, I accept your challenge!”
Now all that is left is to get the UFC on board and put “Penn” to paper.
The bout is proposed for the UFC’s return to Toronto, Ontario Canada on September 22 for UFC 152. No venue has been selected at this time.
BJ Penn will be a guest this Thursday on our very own “Just Scrap Radio” to discuss his return to action. Tune in on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET right here on BJPENN.COM.
There has been no confirmation that the EA UFC videogame swayed BJ to come out of retirement.