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B.J. Penn Talks a Potential Return to the UFC's Octagon and Fatherhood

Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterNovember 17, 2016

B.J. Penn is one of the most popular fighters in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The legendary lightweight and welterweight has been on the sidelines since being overwhelmed by Rory MacDonald last December. After the fight, Penn seemingly indicated that he was done with mixed martial arts.

At this point, nobody is sure if Penn will come back to the cage. Via UFC Tonight, rumors abound that he's testing the weight waters for a potential comeback at lightweight, but Penn remains noncommittal.

If Penn does opt for a return to the cage, he'll no doubt find a plethora of willing opponents; much-hyped lightweight prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov recently said that he'd like to face the Hawaiian if he chooses to end his quasi-retirement.

Bleacher Report caught up with Penn during UFC 162 fight week for an exclusive interview to get his latest thoughts on a return to the Octagon. Penn also discusses how fatherhood has changed his outlook not just on a return to fighting, but on the rest of his life as well.

Check out the full interview and leave your thoughts in the comments below. Do you think Penn should retire, or would you like to see him back in the UFC's lightweight division?

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