BJ Penn is a former UFC champion, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy a good, old-fashioned street fight.
Penn, who will return to the Octagon December 8 to face Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5, was re-energized by comments made by MacDonald.
The rising prospect from the Tristar Gym called Penn fat after seeing a photo of him posted online, and that pushed “The Prodigy” to get back into training.
“When Rory pulled out (the two were set to meet earlier this year), he said he would end up killing me in the ring,” Penn said, during a conference call on Tuesday. “That really lit a fire under my butt. I got my body fat down under 10-percent and I’m expecting the best BJ Penn I’ve ever seen.”
Penn had announced his retirement following a loss to Nick Diaz in 2011, but the prospect of seeing if he could step inside the Octagon again – against a fighter the caliber of MacDonald – was too much to pass up.
“I got the itch to fight again,” Penn said. “I realized I can’t do this forever and I wanted to make the most of it when I can.”
Penn added that he has not thought any further ahead than the MacDonald fight, placing all of his focus on that.
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