There has been much speculation as to whether BJ Penn would be coming out of retirement for a fight with Nik Lentz.
Penn joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, where he revealed that his retirement is officially over, and that he’s going for the featherweight strap with coach Greg Jackson in his corner.
“That’s who I am, Ariel. That’s who I am. That’s what I do.
“I want to go get that 145-pound belt. That’s definitely a huge motivation for me. I believe with Greg Jackson’s help, I can get that done. And I believe that I will be able to walk away as the only man with three titles in three weight divisions.”
Many media members and fans alike were pleased to see BJ Penn retire following a brutal loss to Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale in July, 2014, however Penn says there is no doubt in his mind about whether or not he will go through with a comeback.
“I’m going through with this,” Penn said. “If I didn’t have somebody like Greg Jackson to come out and talk to me and tell me that I can do this… of course you’re always going to believe that you’re the best, you’re always going to believe that you can be the champ. But once in a while, you do have to step back and get someone else’s outside opinion.”
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