WATCH: BJ Penn suffers heavy loss in UFC comeback

The UFC Hall of Fame inductee had not fought in over two years

BY Daniel Kelly 09:25 Monday 16 January 2017, 9:25 16 Jan 2017

Picture by Gregory Payan AP/Press Association Images

BJ Penn's return to the octagon lasted less than six minutes after 'The Prodigy' suffered a heavy loss to Yair Rodriguez in Phoenix.

Penn was competing for the first time in two-and-a-half years, against his Mexican opponent. After announcing his return early last year, the Hawaiian legend was pulled from a number of fights due to injuries. 

Against Rodriguez, Penn lost the first round, before the was floored by kick in the opening seconds of the second round. He failed to recover from there, with referee John McCarthy halting the bout after 24 seconds of the round. 

After such a vicious loss, Penn's comeback to competitive action may be short lived. A UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Penn is one of only three fighters to be multiple weight UFC Champions, along with Randy Couture and Conor McGregor.

The 38-year-old failed to speak to media after the fight, but his opponent Rodriguez, in a telling statement that his time in the octagon may be over.

Despite the loss, fellow professionals were effusive in their praise of the former champion.

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