BJ Penn reacts to Dana White's call for retirement: 'It makes a lot of sense'

Mark Kolbe

Is this the last hurrah for the future hall of famer?

Former two-division champion, BJ Penn, will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon when he takes on former lightweight rival and fellow reality show coach Frankie Edgar in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale, which takes place this Sunday night (July 6, 2014) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And if he loses, expect Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White to "push" for his retirement.

That's a sentiment that "makes a lot of sense" to the FOX Sports 1 underdog, who at 16-9 is just 1-4-1 over the past five years and hasn't stepped foot inside the Octagon since getting whipped by welterweight wunderkind Rory MacDonald in late 2012.

"The Phenom" talks to MMA Fighting:

"It makes a lot of sense for Dana to say that. We were talking about my retirement just before I took this fight. Do or die or not, I am going to go out and enjoy this whole thing. I'm just going to ride this until the wheels fall off. I love [being the underdog]. Make it 50-1, let me prove them wrong."

Penn will be making his featherweight debut this weekend in "Sin City."

Unfortunately for the Hawaiian, who turns 36 in a couple of months, there isn't much leeway for a struggling 145-pounder these days. It's hard to imagine Penn -- who has great hands and terrific jiu-jitsu -- being competitive against a wrestler like Chad Mendes.

Then again, he could show up and knock "The Answer's" head into the sixth row and end this entire discussion.

Find out if he can right here.

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