Esther Lin for MMA Fighting/Adam Guillen Jr. MMAMania

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he wants to be the one to welcome former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion B.J. Penn back to the Octagon after it was reported that “The Prodigy” is contemplating a return to mixed martial arts (MMA). Anyone interested in seeing this fight?

Despite coming up short in his previous two bouts against Rory MacDonald at UFC on FOX 5 and Nick Diaz at UFC 137, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight and Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn isn’t quite ready to call it a career just yet.

“The Prodigy” is considering a return to action in the 155-pound division, according to a report on UFC Tonight.

If and when he does come back, he already has an eager challenger ready to meet him inside the Octagon in the form of Khabib Nurmagomedov. “The Eagle” took to his Twitter account to plead his case to be the first to welcome Penn back to the cage.

His words:

“I heard that the legend returns .. I will be glad to meet him. He is the best lightweight fighter in the history, I’m his fan since childhood, I deserve this fight.”

The undefeated Russian (20-0, 4-0 UFC) has slowly but surely made a name for himself in the promotion’s lightweight division, defeating the likes of Kamal Shalorus, Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares and most recently at UFC 160, Abel Trujillo.

A fight against an established veteran such as Penn, regardless of his current track record, would definitely be a step-up in competition. And while Khabib has staked his claim in 155-pound weight class, perhaps his “name value” isn’t as high (yet) for “Baby Jay” to accept his challenge at this stage of the Hawaiian’s career.

Or is it?

What’s your take … should Penn answer Khabib on his challenge? Or would it be a “high risk, low reward” type of situation for the former multi-division champion at this point?


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