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Josh Koscheck offered bout with B.J. Penn

The answer to whether or not iconic former champion B.J. Penn has changed his mind regarding a return to the Octagon should receive an update in the coming days after “The Prodigy” was apparently offered a bout by the UFC. Penn unexpectedly retired last October after losing a fight to Nick Diaz and deciding he wanted to spend his immediate future with family/friends rather than training like a world-class athlete.

News surrounding Penn’s potential comeback surfaced on Twitter when welterweight Josh Koscheck posted, “UFC just offered me to fight BJ Penn….I said YES!!!! Just waiting on him!!!!!! Let’s scrap bra?”

No date/location were mentioned for the possible match-up.

In addition to teasing a tilt the statement also indicates Penn will be returning at 170 pounds, not 155 as many had hoped, and Koscheck’s eye-socket was not as damaged as it appeared to be in his recent meeting with Johny Hendricks.

Penn holds an overall record of 16-8 and is a former welterweight title-holder but has struggled to find success consistently in the division over the past few years. Likewise, the 17-6 Koscheck has challenged for the belt before but never won it, going 6-4 over his last ten tussles.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    This has the makings of a pretty good match up, except for the fact that we always have to say IF B J is in shape and motivated. These two match up pretty well across the board, I hope they find a way to make it a 5 rounder and Id say we get a finish.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Looks like Penn already shot it down.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Alternate title: Josh Koscheck keen on gouging out BJ Penn’s eyes.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Here is BJ’s official Twitter response:

    @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!

  • AlphaOmega says:

    So did the UFC offer that to Kos without asking Penn first? If so they really want Penn back don’t they.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    That recent loss was pretty crushing for Koscheck. It squashed his remaining hopes of another title shot (and the fat payday/sponorship that comes with it). And he turns 35 years old later this year.

    With 20+ fights under the UFC banner, Kos had a heck of a run. But his window is definitely closing and he’s gotta be starting to feel a bit desperate. First he was practically begging for a rematch with Hendricks (which just aint gonna happen) and then trying to drum up this fight with a big name in BJ Penn. Can’t blame him for trying, but realistically I’d say his best bet is hanging on for a while as a gatekeeper which will mean being further down the fight cards, fighting lesser known names, with less overall exposure and $$. As BJ alluded to, might be time to sell one of the fast cars, or at least not buy the next one.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I think Kos was better off chasing Hendricks down for a rematch…


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