BJ Penn spars with fan in a parking lot
One of those most endearing and polarizing figures of the sport, former two division UFC champion and Hall of Famer BJ Penn will end his retirement and come back to the sport and seek out his third belt; this time in the 145lb featherweight division.
With his most recent performance being a TKO loss to arch rival Frankie Edgar back in 2014 which left a lot of fans less than enthused, but fortunately BJ Penn has decided to change things up a bit for this camp.
With his longtime boxing coach Jason Parillo back in his corner, BJ Penn also enlisted the help of a former foe in the Jackson/Wink MMA academy.
So with all in play we may get one of the best incarnations of BJ Penn since his lightweight run.
In the following clip we can see a clearly in shape BJ lightly sparring with a fan at an open workshop/autograph signing.
How do you think he looks and will it translate to a successful run in the featherweight division?
Jay Dee “B.J.” Penn (born December 13, 1978) is an American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Penn debuted and competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and later in K-1. Prior to fighting for the UFC, he became the first American Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. In mixed martial arts, Penn has competed in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight divisions. As a former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, he is one of only three fighters in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes.
Credited as the greatest Lightweight combatant in mixed martial arts history, Penn’s domination of the division, as well as his performances in higher weight classes have him regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport. [source: Wiki]