It seems that BJ Penn is still steering clear of retirement for the time being as he’s just been lined up to fight Clay Guida at UFC 237 in Rio, Brazil on May 11th.
The 40-year-old ‘Prodigy’ has had a dismal run of form that stretches back many years now. His current six-fight losing streak stretches back as far as 2011, and most recently resulted in a first round heel-hook loss against Ryan Hall in December.
Looking back further, Penn has only a solitary KO win over Matt Hughes from his last 10 Octagon outings, a far cry from his younger years when he was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and won both the lightweight and welterweight titles.
Now he’ll go up against another grizzled veteran in Guida, who is now 37 and coming off a submission loss to Charles Oliveira last time out.
However, Guida had racked up wins over Erik Koch and Joe Lauzon prior to that since moving back up to lightweight, and with his endless cardio and high tempo he’ll be looking to wear out the hall-of-famer and get back to winning ways.
There will also be extra pressure on Penn as another loss would give him the dubious honor of having the most consecutive losses in UFC history.