Former UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn is in action tonight at UFC 237, facing Clay Guida in a preliminary card encounter.
If there is one thing that Penn still wants to do before hanging up the gloves, it would be to reclaim the lightweight gold.
“Of course I love fighting and this and that, but it would be crazy for me to sit here and think, ‘OK, I’m gonna go and get my ass kicked again.’ No, I believe in myself,” Penn said to Aaron Bronsteter of TSN. “We’re gonna go out and we’re gonna go get the belt back. As crazy as it sounds to everybody else, I just want everybody to know, everybody out there, things might be hard? Don’t stop, keep going.”
Penn is currently in the midst of a six fight losing streak and he hasn’t picked up a victory in over eight years, with that last win coming at UFC 123 in November of 2010. Penn’s last title bout came back at UFC 118 in August of 2010, where he lost a rematch to then UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.
UFC 237 takes place tonight from the Arena Da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil with Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.