BJ ‘The Prodigy’ Penn(16-12-2) has probably achieved everything a Mixed Martial artist can.Penn is a Former UFC Lightweight Champion,Former UFC Welterweight Champion and a UFC Hall of Famer making him the one amongst 4 fighters to hold the belt in two weight classes.He shares this honour with star studded fighters namely Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture,Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor and George ‘Rush’ St-Pierre.
Penn retired from the sport on July 6,2014 after his loss against Former Opponent and Former Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.This was his trilogy with Frankie Edgar and Edgar had won the first two as well.From his retirement date,Penn last victory came around 4 years ago when on his Welterweight debut he knocked out Former Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes in just 21 seconds. Penn then had a majority draw against Jon Fitch and two losses against Nick Diaz in a virtual title eliminator for the Welterweight Championship and Former UFC Title Contender and Current UFC Welterweight Champion Rory McDonald.
Penn came out of the retirement to make his return against surging Contender Yair ‘Al Pantera’ Rodriguez in a Featherweight Bout.Rodriguez being the taller lankier and a fighter with a Taekwondo Black Belt used a lot of kicks.Penn managed to landed only 4 significant strikes before getting dropped by a front kick by Rodriguez.He then fought UFC veteran Dennis Silver at Fight Night 112 on June,2017.Penn did managed to drop Silver in the second round but still lost to Silver via unanimous decision.
Penn made a surprising entry at the UFC 222 open workouts to interrupt fellow teammate,UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg.
Penn in an interview with MMAnytt said,”I’ve got nothing scheduled.I’m just cruising. I don’t know, I guess I don’t know what to say. The door is always open. The door is always open. I don’t ever want to say never but I don’t have any plans on fighting. But if you’ve got an idea that you think would work well with me, give me a call.”(via YouTube):