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[VIDEO] BJ Penn Discusses Retirement Without Ever Using the Word Itself

(Come on brah, would you give up this life to wrestle with a bunch of fence holders? | Photo via FIGHT!)

My good friend Karyn Bryant, host of MMA Heat, recently interviewed former welterweight and lightweight champion BJ Penn and asked him if he was still retired. Penn said he was grateful for the attention but that he doesn’t intend to fight right now.

“At the moment, I don’t have any plans to fight,” Penn said. “I have nothing scheduled, I’m just kind of taking it easy at this point in my life. As of right now, yeah, I’m not entering the Octagon anytime soon.”

Penn says that losing to Nick Diaz last fall was not the only reason he decided to stop competing. “The fight was a tough fight but I don’t think it was just that fight. I’ve been thinking about this for a while,” he said.

Bryant revealed to Penn that she had spoken to his boxing coach Jason Parillo, and that Parillo said he recently held pads for BJ. So why would Penn be hitting pads if he was retired?

“That’s a good question,” Penn said with a smile on his face. “That’s actually the first time I threw a punch since October, late October, since I fought. I don’t know. I was enjoying myself but I don’t know, it takes a lot. It takes a lot. These guys are the top athletes in the world, and it takes a lot of time and a lot of energy to compete with these people and you have to want to do it and you have to be there mentally.”

Penn’s words give insight to where he is in his life right now. After over a decade of fighting, perhaps he doesn’t see himself as having the commitment necessary to compete at the elite level he always has. Then again, watch the video below for yourself and notice that Penn doesn’t actually ever use the word “retire” himself.

- Elias Cepeda

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towelie- April 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm
give this man some trt
xxxrayrayray- April 18, 2012 at 9:56 am
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MorningwoodII- April 17, 2012 at 8:04 am
I was at BJ's gym last month a couple times while on vacation. From what I heard he's focused on his family for now and will probably come back for "interesting fights." Just as we hear from Hendo and heard from Couture. He's not at the gym very much either, maybe 1 day a week. Not sure what's on Oahu, but he spends the first half of every week there.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 17, 2012 at 6:17 am
I would like to see BJ fight still. I would prefer to see him at LW over WW but regardless it doesn't matter. If he fights WW I would like to see him fight newcomers or middle of the pack guys, I am not trying to see BJ get beat up by GSP. I do think BJ vs Condit would've been one of the best fights of the year.
NinjaVanish- April 17, 2012 at 3:51 am
I think BJ is just being a Diva like always and is hoping to get courted for HOF status or something like it. meh.
doowm- April 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm
bj never used the word retire cause its hard for him to say. but he's as much into it anymore as rampage is or matt hughes was etc, etc, et-fuckin-cetera......
towelie- April 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm
i heard he's fighting JDS for the belt next month.
Fried Taco- April 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm
He really is lazy, he didn't even motorboat her.