BJ Penn makes his anticipated return to the UFC against Frankie Edgar this weekend at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, having not fought since December 2012.
The fight will be the first time Penn will fight at Featherweight, however it could either make or break his career.
If 'The Prodigy' loses the fight, UFC President Dana White would like to see the former multiple-weight UFC champion retire. On Fox Sports 1, White said: "If he wins, we'll see what he does from there, but if he loses, I will actually push him to retire. It could possibly be watching Michael Jordan playing his last basketball game. It could be Tiger Wood's last golf game."
White has always been a huge fan of Penn, and for years called him one of the sports pound for pound greats. He has captured both the Lightweight and Welterweight title whilst fighting in the Octagon, putting on superb displays and always had a killer instinct, finishing everyone of his title defences inside the distance.
However since losing the UFC Lightweight Title to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112, the Hawiian native has went 1-4-1 (including the UFC 112 loss) with his only victory against Matt Hughes, who retired after the bout.
Penn cuts to 145lbs to try and kick-start his career again. Personally, I think it's a great move and if the UFC had have had a Featherweight division for his complete time in the Octagon, he would have fought at the weight on a regular basis. He was always tiny compared to many Welterweights and it was amazing he captured the 170lbs title. Even when he fought at Lightweight, I though Penn looked a lot smaller in some of his fights, so this move to Featherweight could be the renaissance of his career.
He meets Edgar for the third time in his career, having lost both bouts previously. It will be a revenge mission for him, especially after being opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 19 together. TUF 19 Finale takes place on July 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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