SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: BJ Penn talks to the media during an Open Workout ahead of UFC Sydney 127 at Star City on February 22 2011 in Sydney Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
Just one week ago, former lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn came out of hiding to tell the world he still hasn't quite made a decision on whether or not to retire but he has no plans on doing so in the near future.
He did admit, though, that someone is always trying to pull him back in.
That's why it comes as no surprise that the first chance the mixed martial arts (MMA) media got to ask UFC President Dana White about the status of "The Prodigy," he was quick to dismiss rumors of the Hawaiian's pending retirement.
"I heard some shit that he said he was going to retire and all this stuff," White said after the UFC 145 post-fight press conference last night (via MMAFighting.com). "He was like, 'Nah, I'm going to fight again.'"
Penn hasn't seen action since a three-round beatdown at the hands of Nick Diaz at UFC 137 back on Oct. 29, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was such a devastating defeat that Penn took his ball and went back home to his family, where he said he's been wanting to go for some time.
And if he's not motivated, why try to force it?
Then again, if Penn is telling White behind-the-scenes that he's ready to get back inside the cage, it's time to think of possible match-ups for him. There's no word on whether he would come back at 155 or 170-pounds but there are plenty of options in both weight classes.
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