Just when the talk of a Georges St. Pierre comeback heated up, his former nemesis beat him to the draw by announcing that he is ending yet another retirement to fight once again. And he isn’t returning to challenge GSP to a third bout, rather he is taking aim at the hottest belt in the UFC right now: the UFC Featherweight title.
B.J. Penn says he is ending an 18 month retirement to return to the Octagon one more time. The 37 year old Penn last fought at the TUF 19 finale in July of 2014. The former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion suffered a disappointing 3rd round TKO loss to Frankie Edgar ( his third loss to Edgar in as many fights). Penn lost so badly that he announced his retirement after looking like this after a one-sided beating from Edgar:
In an moving retirement speech, B.J. Penn emotionally said:
“This is the end. I’m thinking to myself, why did you step back into the Octagon after the beating that Rory MacDonald gave you? And the reason is, i really needed to find out, if I didn’t make this night happen for myself, I would have always wondered, I would have always went back and forth on whether I should go back in. I needed some closure.”
Apparently, that wasn’t the closure yet. Go to the next page for Penn’s statement: