UFC FN 103: BJ Penn Says he “Doesn’t Even Know How Old I am Right Now”
By FCF Staff
BJ Penn decided last year that he wanted to make another run, but the 38 year-old legend doesn’t have any regrets, about taking a two plus year hiatus from the Octagon.
Penn is booked to face the 24 year-old, featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez this Sunday night, in what will be the headliner for UFC Fight Night 103. The former welterweight and lightweight champ will be fighting for the first time since July, 2014, when he was stopped by Frankie Edgar.
In a recent story at UFC.com, “The Prodigy” had this to say about deciding to hang up the gloves, only to then end his retirement:
“I definitely needed that time off that I took in the retirement,” he said. “This is a funny sport. You see people like Dan Henderson, you see (Fabricio) Werdum up there fighting at 39 years old, and Mark Hunt. But you never know how you’re going to fit in when it’s your turn to turn 40 and get in there with all these world-class athletes. But it’s exciting, I’m having fun and I don’t even know how old I am right now.”
Leading up to his comeback bout, the Hawaiian star has also made it clear that he hopes to add the UFC’s featherweight title to his resume:”
“…When I got the 155-pound belt, I never thought about fighting for a 145-pound belt because it didn’t exist. I never thought this opportunity would happen, and then I see all the pieces of the puzzle that would have to be put together to make that accomplishment happen and the work that would have to be done, and that’s the direction I want to head in.”
UFC FN 103 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona.