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B.J. Penn having cataract surgery

BJ Penn - UFC WorkoutsUFC icon B.J. Penn still hasn’t decided about his future in fighting, toeing the line between official retirement and one last run in the ring, likely as a lightweight. However, Penn does know one thing for certain – he won’t be back in the Octagon without a trip to the operating room first.

According to, “The Prodigy” is heading to Utah to have surgery to repair a cataract limiting vision in one eye.

“January of last year is when I first noticed there was a problem. I was looking at my iPhone and I really couldn’t tell what was going on. At first, I thought I tore my retina, so I went to my doctor and he said, ‘I can see right away what the problem is, you have a cataract,’” explained Penn. “People ask me all the time if I’m going to fight again and I almost just want to change the subject because right now, I definitely don’t want to fight with a cataract in my eye.”

Penn briefly hung up his gloves after losing to Nick Diaz in 2011, opting to come back last December where he lost a one-sided decision to rising star Rory MacDonald. The stumble dropped his record in the UFC at 170 pounds to 2-5-1, leaving many people to state Penn should slim back down to 155 pounds where he most recently held gold or consider an official end to his career.



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