Former two division UFC champion BJ Penn and Nik Lentz are expected to meet later this year in a lightweight division encounter.
UFC President Dana White says that no matter the result of the bout, it is going to be the last for Penn in the UFC.
“Cause he terrorized me for freaking a week and wouldn’t stop texting me for three days straight,” White said at the UFC 240 post fight press conference (via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). “Talked me into it. We have a deal now — win, lose or draw, this is B.J. Penn’s last fight. I won’t give him another fight. It’s very clear between us that there won’t be another fight no matter what. If all you people who are concerned are doctors, give me a call. If you’re not, then mind your business.”
Penn hasn’t won a bout since UFC 123 in November of 2010 and is in the midst of a seven fight losing streak.
White also believes that win or lose in his next fight, one thing Penn is going to be doing is retiring.
“I’ve voiced my concerns. I’ve known B.J. Penn since he was he was like 19 years old. B.J. is going to do what B.J. wants to do,” White said. “I’ve had a very crazy relationship with him and his family for the last 20 years. B.J. walked me through a million reasons why he needs this fight and why he has to have it. He talked me into it. You guys know me, when I’m in, I’m in and I’m going to do what I’m going to do. So we’re doing this. He’s promised me that win, lose or draw, he will retire after this fight. We’ll see if he keeps his promise.”
MMA Fighting is also reporting that Penn versus Lentz may happen at UFC 242, but nothing has been confirmed at this time.