Things don’t go very well last time BJ Penn attempted to make a run at 145 pounds, but the legendary fighter say he’s more discplined now, as he gets set to make his return.
Penn will take on rising featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez this Sunday at UFC Fight Night 103, which will go down in Phoenix, Arizona. The bout will mark the first time Penn has fought since 2014, when he took on Frankie Edgar at 145, and was stopped in round three.
Back then, Penn was competing for the first time since 2012, when he had faced welterweight Rory MacDonald and lost via decision.
Well, recently the former lightweight and welterweight champ spoke with MMA Fighting. While discussing his comeback fight and how things are different now, Penn stated this:
“I’m more disciplined,” Penn said. “Right now I’m 153 pounds and just hanging out. I’ve been walking around for the last two months at 156. I’ve been under 160 all year though, so it’s been good. I like being lean. Man, some people were sending me some old pictures last night, and man, I was heavy. Back in my middleweight days and stuff. But yeah, I’m enjoying it. I’ve enjoyed being in shape this year.”
While it remains to be seen if Penn can get by the extremely dangerous Rodriquez, there’s no question that “The Prodigy” has trained a ton, in advance of his comeback. Not only that, but he’s been training out of Jackson-Wink MMA. One of the best camps on the planet.
In the aforementioned interview, the 38 year-old Penn also relayed that winning the 145 title is “my driving factor”.