BJ Penn Still Contemplating UFC Return

Oct. 28, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC welterweight fighter B.J. Penn during weigh ins for UFC 137 at the Mandalay Bay event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mixed martial arts veteran B.J. Penn has reportedly been contemplating a comeback, but he is still weighing the pros and cons of the decision. The 34-year-old former multi-division champion has yet to commit to a decision either way, but the urge to fight is slowly creeping back and Penn can’t help but consider the option.

“I’m still just hanging out, honestly. At this moment, my guess is probably a little better than yours, but I don’t know,” Penn said. “I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I am training. I’m starting to train a bit more, for my health a lot. I’m a fighter, I’m a fighter deep inside. If I felt it, if it ever comes back — not saying that it’s gone — I don’t know.

“You know how being a fighter is, your mind changes from time-to-time. Of course I’m looking, Anderson (Silva) he’s 39 and he’s in there fighting, I’m like ‘I’m 34, why can’t I fight again?’ It’s gotta be right. There’s no sense in me going back into the Octagon and getting beat up in front of everybody, that just doesn’t make any sense.”

Penn last stepped in the cage in December of last year, but his last win inside of the octagon came in 2010.

“The Prodigy” has been involved in three straight wars with Jon Fitch, Nick Diaz and Rory McDonald, while receiving some serious punishment in all of the fights.

Fans would love to see Penn back in the octagon a few more times, but his passion for fighting has been questioned since losing the lightweight title to Frankie Edgar. Since then, Penn has won only one of his last six fights.

Below is a video of Penn discussing his fighting future with FUEL TV.

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