"I thought the fight guaranteed was going to happen because the UFC, they set up medicals for me to do," Penn said. "I did the medicals and they were sending a film crew down and we were getting all that together and I assumed we were setting up the fight, and that might have been what was happening.
"But, at the end of the day, Sean Shelby called me and said it would be more convenient for all of us to move the fight to April 23rd."
No opponent has been confirmed for Penn’s return to action, but the UFC Hall of Famer did say the plans in place should remain the same for the new date in April. As of last week, featherweight contender Dennis Siver was the leading candidate to face Penn in his return fight, but there’s still no confirmation from the UFC on that potential matchup.
Penn will fight for the first time since 2014 when he lost by TKO to Frankie Edgar and promptly retired from the sport at the post-fight press conference.
Just recently, Penn joined the famous team in New Mexico responsible for former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Carlos Condit and others as he prepares for a return to action while coming out of retirement.
From the sound of things, this delay will only give Penn more time to get ready because he says he’s staying planted in New Mexico for the duration until his fight is booked and he’s ready to return.
"You know what? I’m going to stay here the whole way out and train," Penn said. "You have heard ‘what you feed the most, grows the biggest,’ and I’m going to stay here and immerse myself in the martial arts and see how good I can get."