B.J. Penn Returns at UFC: Oklahoma City
Former two-division champion and MMA legend BJ Penn returned to the cage in January after two-plus years of retirement, but the result did not work in his favor: he was demolished by rising featherweight star Yair Rodriguez. While many expected the fight to really be his last, Penn evidently has other plans.
The UFC announced on Wednesday night that Penn will be making his return to the cage at UFC Fight Night: Oklahoma City on Sunday, June 25th. He will take on aging featherweight Dennis Siver.
In 2016 when Penn was first planning his comeback, he had been set to fight Siver at UFC 199 but the fight fell through. When he was instead booked against Rodriguez, fans bemoaned the matchup as being an extreme mismatch in which Penn was likely to suffer damage at the hands of the young, flashy striker. That’s exactly how the fight played out, as Rodriguez battered Penn with kicks before stopping him early in the second round.
Penn has officially lost four straight dating back to 2011. His last victory came over Matt Hughes in November of 2010.
Siver last fought in June of 2015, losing a unanimous decision to Tatsuya Kawajiri.
Another announced fight is a middleweight bout between former welterweight champ Johny Hendricks and Tim Boetsch.
The main event for the Oklahoma City will be neither Penn-Siver nor Hendricks-Boetsch, with the headlining fight still to be announced at a later date.