Penn also revealed that he was now weighing in at 158-pounds, so would have some work to do to make the cut for featherweight, but stated that he would be happy for his first fight back to be against Nik Lentz at 155-pounds, possibly at UFC 197.
"That's what I've done my whole life". I want to go out there and put on a good performance.
Jackson is the part-owner of the Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA Academy in Albequerque, N.M. The pair posed for a photo on Penn's Instagram last week, around the same time that the challenge was issued to Lentz, who has worked with Penn's former nutritionist, Mike Dolce. That is a huge motivation for me. Motivated, I mean. He used that exact word right there, and is apparently placing a "pull the plug" clause into his contract with Greg Jackson to let us know how super serious he is this time around. He returned in 2014 to fight Frankie Edgar and lost by third-round knockout, prompting him to retire again. These guys are animals.
"I've been kind of thinking about it for a while".
Stating that he has got two more years left, Penn said that he is coming out of retirement for nothing but honor.
He said he has that with Jackson, a strong entourage and reinvigorated body that hasn't taken much punishment of late with only four fights in the past five years. I believe with Greg Jackson's help I can get that done and walk away the only man with three titles in three separate divisions. "And I told Jackson that if I can't do this, you let me know".
Penn won the UFC welterweight title by submitting Matt Hughes in January 2004, while he added the promotion's lightweight belt to his resumé 4 years later with a second-round submission win over Joe Stevenson.
"We are here 15 years later and still behind me, everybody could be screaming 'enough already, enough already.' I'm sure there is that out there, but wherever I go, whenever I travel to any island, I'm always taken care of". I'm coming back to do this, give everything I got, and when I look back, everybody is going to say: 'you know what? He didn't talk the talk and not walk the walk. After all, the two-division UFC champion built a legacy by continually daring to be great. "I would have always wondered, I would have always kicked myself in the butt and complained and thought I could have did it again". (Fabricio) Werdum is my age.
I'm going through with this.