The incredibly long awaited return of UFC Hall of Fame legend BJ Penn will finally take place this Sunday at UFC Fight Night 103 against the potential future star Yair Rodriguez.
In what will be his latest return from retirement, 38-year-old Penn has stated that this time he returns with the singular goal of adding the featherweight title to long list of accomplishments.
History will remember Penn as perhaps the greatest UFC lightweight champion ever and with the addition of the previously acquired welterweight title, is one of only three fighters to have enjoyed championship gold at two weight divisions, the others being Randy Couture and Conor McGregor.
Now, with his intention to make history by taking the featherweight belt, Penn has spoken to MMA Fighting about his plans for 2017.
“My whole goal right now is to just get that third world title.”
“And then we’ll see. If it takes a little while, maybe we walk away. If we get it quick, then maybe we go to 155. I don’t know. I don’t know, but I know … I’m in here to fight and I’m going to win on Sunday, and you’re going to see me again quick after this, for sure.”
Assuming Penn overcomes the hugely impressive Rodriguez this weekend, his sights will then fall on Jose Aldo and Max Holloway, the undisputed and interim champions, respectively.
Since the reshuffle that saw the UFC strip the featherweight title from Conor McGregor following victory at UFC 205 over Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight strap, the featherweight ranks are once again heating up.
The addition of ‘The Prodigy’ to the 145lb roster will only further increase interest in the lighter weight class and though the third title is a major driving factor for the Hawaii native, he just loves the battle too it seems.
“I just love it. I love fighting. I love the competition. I love the struggle. That’s what it is, man. It’s a struggle, and I love it.”
The road to glory starts on Sunday at the Talking Stick Arena, Phoenix, Arizona.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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