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B.J. Penn Returns?

Yesterday it was announced that Dana White is planning a future UFC event in Hawaii and hopes B.J. Penn will headline it. After Nick Diaz put a beating on Penn at UFC 137, Penn announced his retirement. I’m thinking a date in Hawaii will bring him back to the octagon.

I’m hoping he’ll take a fight at lightweight. At lightweight we have such memories as Joe Stevenson covered in blood tapping out to a rear naked. Kenny Florian who claimed he was going to take out the master also fell to a rear naked. At UFC 107 Penn drove a shin into Diego Sanchez’s forehead, opening a gash that bled everywhere.

Penn did not have the same success at welterweight. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget the crucifix George St. Pierre put Penn in where Penn just looked like a giant baby. Penn did surprisingly give Jon Fitch a hard time before gassing out in the third. I couldn’t believe when Penn rushed for the takedown in the first.

So assuming he does the right thing and fights at lightweight who would it be against?

 

Since there’s no official date on this event it’s hard to judge who would be ready when but my first choice would be Gray Maynard. Gray has just headlined in his last two fights, and both of those fights with Frankie were exciting. Gray has some solid hands and his wrestling, which against Penn’s speed and jiu-jitsu would make for an interesting clash.

I think the winner of Jim Miller/Nate Diaz would also work and I’d love to see Nate take on B.J.

If he does return as a welterweight maybe a match with the winner of Thiago Alves/Martin Kampmann or Jake Ellenberger if he gets by Diego Sanchez.

Regardless of who he takes on I hope he does make his return because I think there are still exciting fights for him.

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