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Not This Shit Again: BJ Penn Reportedly Not Ready to Retire Yet, Eyes Lightweight Return


(Well, at least we had the same reaction to this news as Penn himself.) 

Former lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn is one of the best fighters in MMA history, pound for pound. There is no debating this. However, the thirty four year-old has also only won a single fight in his last six outings, and just three in his last nine fights, dating back the last four and a half years.

Penn’s last two losses, to Nick Diaz and Rory MacDonald at UFC 137 and UFC on FOX 5, respectively, were ugly ones for “The Prodigy” to say the least. The tough Hawaiian made it to the end of both fights by virtue of being damn near impossible to finish, but also looked more like a cartoon who had taken a bath in Judge Doom’s “Dip” than a human being by the time both encounters were all said and done.

UFC President Dana White has called for Penn to retire, saying that Penn is “too tough for his own good.” Despite this, Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight reported yesterday that Penn is not yet ready to call it quits. Because who ever is, really?

“The door is still open for BJ Penn to return to MMA in the future,” reporter Ariel Helwani said on UFC Tonight.  ”If he does come back, it will be at 155 pounds…He’s actually training right now and has to check in with his body and mind in the next few months.”

Goodness. Combine his results and damage sustained over the past five years with statements from Penn about how he hasn’t been the same, mentally, since having kids, and one has to wonder if the UFC should try and take the decision out of the former champ’s hands. The fact that he already retired after his fight with Diaz, then unretired only to get his ass handed to him by “Ares” should drive this notion home.

What do you say, Nation? Should Penn prolong his already long and legendary career or just leave well enough alone?

-Elias Cepeda

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whatchawhozeit- June 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm
@Mr Mis......I think 145 is his true fighting weight but we all know he hates cutting the few pounds that he has to to get to LW. Like him or not the man is a legend in the sport and deserves at least once chance to end his career on a good note. I just hope he does not end up on the same path as Jens.
mDino- June 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm
Josh "Bring the Pain" Haynes should unretire.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm
Diego Sanchez's ax wound thinks BJ could still slap some fools around at LW.

Maybe he should go to FW? Dropping two weight classes seems to be the thing to do these days...
Get Off Me- June 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm
@Pen
Agreed that BJ should continue at 55, he hasn't been hurt as a lightweight. I will say though, I was close to the cage when GSP brutalized Penn before his corner stopped it. If BJ get's stopped at 155lbs then we can re visit this topic, refs jumping in because BJ's punch drunk included.
Thumblaster- June 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm
Bj never should have moved up to ww, but not only did he move up he moved up and fought the best. One of bj's greatest gift's is his beard, cabbage correra wonders how bj. Stays on his feet, he did take alot of headshots in those fights and would end up looking like sloth(goonies). If bj. works on his wrestling, does'nt call out tj grant, gray maynard, or bendo and concedes that his best day's are gone and is happy to fight older vet's or younger guy's just in or just out of the top 10 he can still win fights . I do'nt see bj. Being cool with gatekeeper status calling out the likes of grant and getting fucked up . I hope he stays retired.
Thumblaster- June 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm
Bj never should have moved up to ww, but not only did he move up he moved up and fought the best. One of bj's greatest gift's is his beard, cabbage correra wonders how bj. Stays on his feet, he did take alot of headshots in those fights and would end up looking like sloth(goonies). If bj. works on his wrestling, does'nt call out tj grant, gray maynard, or bendo and concedes that his best day's are gone and is happy to fight older vet's or younger guy's just in or just out of the top 10 he can still win fights . I do'nt see bj. Being cool with gatekeeper status calling out the likes of grant and getting
Pen Fifteen- June 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm
I think BJ does have something left to prove. It's pretty clear at this point that he bit off more than he could chew at WW. But I don't think he wants to be known as a guy who ended his career only winning 3 of his last 9 fights. He's been dogged his whole career by whispers of wasted potential, which his dominant run from 2007 to 2009 mostly erased. However, he's caught a lot of shit since the 2 losses to Edgar for being too lazy to make the cut to 155, and people have mostly forgotten about how dominant he was during that period, which looks pretty lean in comparison to the current crop of studs at 155. I can see why he'd want to go out taking a shot at a division considered to be the deepest in the UFC, and one that is actually has natural class.
The12ozCurls- June 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm
@Pen
I somewhat agree but what else does he have to prove? His legacy as a pioneer and one of the all time greats has been solidified. So walking away now (without taking anymore punches) seems like a viable option IMO.
Pen Fifteen- June 5, 2013 at 11:43 am
@12oz
He was worked over pretty good in all three of those fights, but Rory mostly hurt him with strikes to the body, same for the second GSP fight. The guy has a single loss via TKO, and I'm not convinced that two rounds of getting pummeled by Nick Diaz (recall he won that first round handily) is cause for him to need to hang it up.
The12ozCurls- June 5, 2013 at 11:00 am
@Pen
I disagree. I think between his last couple fights with Diaz, Rory & the 2nd GSP scrap, he HAS taken significant damage that will in fact come back to haunt him. It isn't as if he has been taking LESS damage lately and I think he should just call it a career before he starts slurring his words like Meldrick Taylor.
FilmDrunk- June 5, 2013 at 10:44 am
The guy still has skills, but he also has the worst game-planning in the business. I think Freddy Roach screwed him by saying he had the best boxing in the game. He gets dominated by the elite strikers and doesn't try to use his grappling game at all. Teach him some wrestling and he'd be a force.
Pen Fifteen- June 5, 2013 at 10:03 am
As long as he stays away from welterweight, I see no problem with BJ fighting on. The first decision he lost to Frank Edgar was absolute bullshit anyway, and there's no reason he can't either make one last run at the title or help give some up-and-comer a signature win. It's not like he's taken the kind of brain-scrambling head trauma over the course of his career that compares to guys who fight at heavier weight class end up accruing late in their careers.
Fried Taco- June 5, 2013 at 9:52 am
At least I am retired from watching BJ fight.
Dagnut- June 5, 2013 at 9:44 am
who ever told him to fight at WW needs to be shot in the head with a ball of their own shit. The guy is 5'9 at a push and not particularly well built. The fight against GSP was the biggest physical mismatch I've seen in recent years..laughable... he was tossed around alike a fart in a blizzard ...hadn't a hope
algiersheadkick504- June 5, 2013 at 8:34 am
Everytime I see bj I think of the audio pick up from diazs corner. " look at his body nick! Look at his soft body!" JERRY RIPS
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