MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: BJ Penn coming out of retirement, Belfort vs. Jacare headlines UFC Fight Night 87

Former UFC Champion BJ Penn to come out of retirement  We’ve heard rumors for weeks but BJ Penn made it official Tuesday on The MMA Hour that he will be coming out of retirement. Penn (16-10-2) would be fighting for the first time since 2014 and he plans to compete in the featherweight division again. He recently called out featherweight Nik Lentz last week for a potential matchup at UFC 197, but Lentz wasn’t interested.  Penn also confirmed that he will be working with renowned coach Greg Jackson with Jackson/Winklejohn team in New Mexico. The 37-year old is coming off a third round TKO loss to Frankie Edgar, which pushed his record to 0-3-1 in his last four fights. No word on when Penn will come back or who he will be fighting in his return bout.   UFC Fight Night 87 main event set, Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza UFC officials announced Tuesday an intriguing matchup in the middleweight division between Vitor Belfort and Jacare Souza. Belfort (25-11 ) is coming off a first round TKO victory over Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 77. He’s only fought twice since 2014. Souza (22-4) is coming off controversial split decision to Yoel Romero at UFC 194, which subsequently snapped his eight fight win streak. Additional bouts and a location for this event have not been announced.   Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly will take place at UFC 197  UFC officials annouced late Tuesday evening that a featherweight bout has been added to UFC 197. Elkins (19-5) is coming off a unanimous decision victory at UFC Fight Night 76 over Robert Whiteford. The 31-year old is 2-2 in his last four bouts. Skelly (15-1) has won four fights in a row including a submission victory over Kevin Souza in his last bout. UFC 197 takes place March 5 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Here’s an updated look at that card.   Rafael dos Anjos (c) vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Holly Holm (c) vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly UFC Fight Night 84 adds Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews Combat Press reported earlier this week that a lightweight bout has been added to UFC Fight Night 84. Case (22-4) has maintained an undefeated record in the octagon going 4-0. He most recently defeated Yan Cabral, but also holds wins over Kazuki Tokudome, Frankie Perez and Fransico Trevino. Matthews (9-1) is coming off a TKO victory over Akbarh Arreola. He’s currently 3-1 in the UFC with his lone blemish coming to James Vick at UFC Fight Night 65. UFC Fight Night 84 will takes place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia. Here’s an updated look at the card. Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly Jake Matthews vs. Johnny Case   WSOF 28 headlined by a bantamweight title fight  World Series of Fighting announced Tuesday that champion Marlon Moraes will be defending his bantamweight title against Joseph Barajas at WSOF 28. Moraes (15-4-1) is coming off a third round submission victory over Sheymon Moraes at WSOF 22, which was his tenth win in a row. Barajas (12-1) is coming off a third round TKO victory over Erik Villalobos at WSOF 25. Sticking with the bantamweight division, Timur Valiev faces Chris Gutierrez in the co-main event.  Valiev (10-1) has won ten straight fights, including four bouts under the WSOF banner. He’s coming off a unanimous decision victory over Tito Jones at WSOF 24. Gutierrez (8-1-1) makes his WSOF debut and has won six straight fights, including three finishes. WSOF 28 takes place at the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove, Calif. on Feb. 20. Here’s a look at the card so far Marlon Moraes (c) vs. Joseph Barajas Timur Valiev vs. Chris Gutierrez  

Written by James Lynch

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