Former lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn has stated that he would consider coming out of retirement for a fight with Rory MacDonald. Penn retired after losing to Nick Diaz at UFC 137. He was rumored in May to be coming out of retirement for a fight with Josh Koscheck, but that never came to fruition. On his personal website he has stated that he will come out of retirement to face the young up and comer, but no official announcement has been made by the UFC.
Penn was a great fighter, but his biggest issue has always been conditioning and being mentally prepared for a fight. When he comes into a fight in shape he can be the best fighter in the world, he tends to take fights off though.
MacDonald isn’t a fighter Penn could do this against. He is the future of the welterweight division. One of the new UFC fighters who has grown up training in mixed martial arts. He doesn’t have one specialty, but rather is solid in all aspects of his game.
He has very good wrestling and his ground and pound is outstanding. His one weakness may be the stand up, but it isn’t a liability. MacDonald is only 22 years old and keeps improving. He absolutely destroyed Che Mills and needs a big name opponent to launch himself up the ladder.
Penn’s greatest asset is his jiu-jitsu, but he would be overmatched against MacDonald. Penn is only 5’9″ with a 70″ reach, while MacDonald is 6’0″ with a 78″ reach. MacDonald would pick apart Penn on the feet and wouldn’t allow him to use his jiu-jitsu.
In my opinion I feel Penn would be better suited for lightweight in a comeback, but as I’ve said training has been an issue of his. This is an easy weight cut for him and a light training camp for him. I don’t think he would be able to win this fight, but this should launch MacDonald up the ladder.