BJ Penn Turns Down Fight with Josh Koscheck, "Not Coming Back Anytime Soon"

Andrew BarrCorrespondent IMay 17, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: BJ Penn talks to the media during an Open Workout ahead of UFC Sydney 127 at Star City on February 22, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
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UFC veteran Josh Koscheck made big waves in the world of MMA when he announced that he had been offered, and accepted, a fight with the legendary BJ "The Prodigy" Penn.

"#UFC just offered me to fight BJ Penn...I said YES!!!!! Just waiting on him!!!!!! Let's scrap bra?" tweeted Koscheck.

Unfortunately, and much to the chagrin of MMA fans everywhere, The Prodigy has turned down the fight and it's unlikely we'll see him back in the cage anytime in the near future.

"@joshkoscheck I know it costs a lot of money to live that lavish lifestyle, big house, fast cars & you need big fights but sorry I’m not coming back anytime soon!" tweeted Penn.

Penn retired after losing a No.1 contender's match with Nick Diaz at UFC 137. It was a tough fight for Penn, who had trouble dealing with the reach of his larger opponent. By the fight's end, his face was a battered mess.

"I've got a daughter. I've got another on the way. I don't want to go home looking like this again. I'm done", said Penn, during his post fight interview at UFC 137.

While fans would have been excited to see Penn accept the fight with Koscheck, this story is not without some good news. Penn initially said that he was retiring from MMA, but his recent comments suggest that he will be back, just not "anytime soon".


 Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a stand-up comedian. Check him out on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.