UFC Lightweight legend BJ Penn has decided to come back out of retirement again at the age of 37 and has called out Nik Lentz to a fight at featherweight after an ongoing war of words between the two.

“@niklentz this is a formal challenge for Nik Lentz to meet me in the octagon March 5th in Las Vegas,” Penn wrote on social media. “Nik you wrote a silly poem about me making fun of me, you said stuff about me and my parents, and you been making a #bringpennback hashtag, I ask you today to be a man and back up everything you said, talk the talk walk the walk , uncle BJ is mad already #youout #bringpennback #hiloboys #hawaii #allhawaii”

Penn is a true hall-of-famer in the UFC, but last few years of his career make for grim reading with just one win against his long-time rival Matt Hughes and a draw against Jon Fitch in his last seven fights.

A bizarre, out-of-character and ultimately disappointing performance against Frankie Edgar at the TUF 19 Finale back in the summer of 2014 which resulted in his third loss against ‘The Answer’ resulted in ‘The Prodigy’ retiring shortly afterwards, but it appears that the desire to compete still remains after all.

In a change from his normal routine Penn will leave his home camp in Hawaii and head to Jackson’s MMA in Alberquerque, New Mexico, one of the most famous fight teams in the world in preperation for the fight.

That’s only assuming that Lentz accepts his challenge, and the good news is that he has indeed done just that via a lengthy statement (including a poem no-less), in which he agrees to the contest, but only if they fight at lightweight.

I received your poorly-worded, utterly predictable, message. In spite of its clumsy structure, awful spelling, incorrect usage (you state at one point that I wrote a poem about you making fun of yourself), and general air of arrogance, entitled stupidity, I’m considering your request.

There are, of course, some conditions.

– I’m never competing at 145 ever again. Neither should you. I came to this conclusion after doing careful research, and deciding what was right for my long-term health as well as my short-term performance. If you fight at 145, it won’t be long before you’re eating banana mush in a nuthouse. I am accountable to my family, and my future with them. Because you are an impulsive tyrant surrounded by yes-men, you have no ability to make rational, intelligent decisions. So I am making this one for you. If we fight, it would be at 155.

– I’m not fighting in March. Neither are you. You may imagine you are, and the imbeciles you surround yourself with may nod in agreement like the trained dogs they are, but you aren’t fighting in March. You’ve lied to your fans, and let them down over and over, and nobody is clamoring to put the BJ PENN EXCUSE FACTORY back in business. Were I to agree to fight you in March and whup your ass, it would only give you and your lackeys the “BJ didn’t have enough time” bullshit excuse. Additionally, if we do fight, it will be on MY timetable, NOT yours. You are retired, and have no schedule. I am an active fighter, on the roster, with a schedule and training platform that is not beholden to your desires, grudges, or need for narcissistic supply.

– You still owe Mike Dolce $22,000. Knowing him, he is too gracious and dignified a man to revisit the traitorous back-stabbing skullduggery you engaged in with him after the third time Frankie Edgar kicked your ass inside-out. I, however, don’t have the luxury of grace, and dignity is best left out of any exchange that includes you. You will donate $22,000 of your purse to the HAWAII DOG FOUNDATION, a no-kill, all-volunteer rescue organization working hard to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in Hawaii, in Mike Dolce’s name.

Give these conditions some thought. They are non-negotiable. They are rules you WILL abide by, or you can go whistle. I have a contract, and plenty of guys to fight. As a Narcissist, you have nothing but an image. And you NEED attention. You have all the money you could ever spend; but it doesn’t satisfy you. I have what you NEED. I’M in charge. You can do what narcissists usually do when confronted by a higher power; SLINK AWAY. Or you can confront your needs, realize I can fulfill them, and come to terms with me, looming over you, holding the….


I’m ALREADY in charge, you poor, deluded, fool. I did more to motivate you with TWO POEMS than all your yes-men, and titles, and highlights could.
Get as angry as you want. Go out behind your huge inherited estate and kick rocks. Go cry to your Mommy. Go shit in your hat and bark at the moon.
You want to fight?
Then it’s on MY terms.

Now run along, little man. Go find a way to swallow your overarching pride and do it MY way, or scuttle about like a deformed crab at low tide, like a masochist at last call, desperately looking for somebody else to thrash you.

You can go to Greg Jackson’s, you can go to Jermaine Jackson’s, you can listen to Mahalia Jackson, you can resurrect Jackson fuckin’ POLLOCK to paint you a better picture of yourself than the one we all see; but…

You’re an unclaimed, busted-down suitcase on a dusty shelf in an abandoned bus-terminal. Accept my conditions, or rot in obscurity.

Nik Lentz
Your BOSS”

The 31 year-old Lentz made his return to lightweight at UFC On FOX 17 in December following a 4-2 stint at featherweight and picked up a split decision victory over Danny Castillo.

UFC officials have so far not made any comment about the potential match-up, but if Penn gets his way then it would feature as part of the recently announced UFC 197 event headlined by a lightweight title fight between Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos.

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