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UFC Targeting B.J. Penn vs. Josh Koscheck

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  BJ Penn of the USA watches the big screen after his drawn fight against Jon Fitch of the USA during their welterweight bout part of  UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Erik FontanezCorrespondent IMay 17, 2012

Retirement can take a backseat for now.

The UFC is targeting a matchup between former welterweight and lightweight champion B.J. Penn and longtime veteran Josh Koscheck, according to a tweet by Koscheck on Wednesday night.

"UFC just offered me to fight B.J. Penn ... I said yes!" Koscheck posted on Twitter.

Penn said after his last fight that it was likely the last time he would be seen in the UFC's Octagon, explaining that he couldn't perform at the top level of competition anymore. A matchup with Koscheck will put a stop to any retirement plans. All that awaits is a response from the former two-division champion.

"Just waiting on him!" Koscheck tweeted. "Let's scrap, bra?"

Penn's last performance saw him losing a decision to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in October of last year. The loss was the third in the his last five fights, and he hasn't seen two wins in a row since 2009.

Koscheck was last seen dropping a split decision to Johny Hendricks at UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller earlier this month. The loss was his first since losing his second bid for the welterweight title against Georges St-Pierre in 2010.

A date and venue are yet to be announced for the Penn-Koscheck matchup.

Erik Fontanez is a freelance journalist, specializing in MMA. Follow Erik on Twitter at @Erik_Fontanez

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