“I guess in a little bit of a way, I feel my clock ticking. But I don’t feel it ticking like it’s going to be over real soon, but ticking like I want to accomplish a few more things. I want to fight. I want to be active. I want to make money. I want to get better and have more of these life experiences, and that’s it. I want to stay busy. I don’t want to sit on the shelf… When I was in my 20’s I said I’d do this at least until I’m 40-45, but now that I’m 32, I don’t know, I’d love to go until I’m 40. I want to pull off another three solid years, enough to get one or two more championships. It would be wonderful if I could come back and sneak the welterweight title back under my wing and keep that for as long as I can. And from there, then maybe go back and get the lightweight title one more time. Those are definitely two dreams of mine. I know those are big aspirations, but I guess you’ve got to shoot for the stars.”
— BJ Penn talking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about his plans to make runs at the welterweight and lightweight titles
That’s a tall order especially when the current champions both have two wins over BJ and he arguably should have lost to perennial welterweight contender Jon Fitch in his last fight. What do you think? Can BJ Penn pull off a championship comeback?
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