Dana White: I tried to do Melendez vs. Penn, but BJ was like, ‘Yeah, I’m not fighting for a while.’

UFC President, Dana White revealed that he tried to pit current Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez and former two-division UFC champion, BJ Penn against each other, but “The Prodigy” didn’t show much interest in returning any time soon.

White, speaking via MMAJunkie, said:

“I tried to do [Melendez vs. Penn], but it was at the time when B.J. was like, ‘Yeah, I’m not fighting for a while.’ He wants to come back. I’m done with telling him where to go as far as weight goes. The guy’s handled himself in both weight divisions, and if he wants to come back at 170 – plus you get to an age where cutting down to 155 just doesn’t make sense anymore.”

“Whenever he’s ready. That’s up to him. Whenever he’s ready. I don’t ever push guys. Guys know when they’re ready. Guys know when they want to come back. This isn’t a sport where you can just say, ‘I know your head isn’t in it right now, but get back over here and fight.’ This isn’t that kind of sport. Guys let me know when they’re ready to fight.”

“Gilbert Melendez is a Strikeforce fighter,” White said. “He’s been great in dealing with it. He wants to come over here, and he wants to challenge himself against the best, and I know a lot of other people want to see it, too, but he’s in that Strikeforce deal. The thing that sucks for Gilbert and that’s disappointing is that I was 100 percent fired up and gung ho to go over there and work on Strikeforce. The whole thing fell apart. I know he’s bummed out about, and other people are, too, but it is what it is. It just didn’t work out.”

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