Former UFC champion B.J. Penn announced his retirement from the Octagon Saturday night after falling to Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 137. However, “The Prodigy” has plenty yet to finish before he actually exits the cage for good.
Penn, who fought to a draw with Jon Fitch earlier this year, needs to finish off their war after the two called each other out. Penn and Fitch are two of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC, and they need to settle their differences before either retires.
While he is currently competing at welterweight, Penn will forever be known as one of the best lightweights in history. He may not be able to match up with the likes of current champ Frankie Edgar or Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, Penn would make a great opponent for Gray Maynard, Ben Henderson, or even Clay Guida.
Penn has re-focused himself on his training and would make an excellent candidate for The Ultimate Fighter (plus the show would give him a break to re-collect himself and re-ignite the fire inside). He previously coached on the groundbreaking reality series during Season 5, and now with the transition to FOX the name and face of Penn would help push the ratings to an even higher level.
“The Prodigy” has every right to do what he wants in terms of his MMA career, but I am hoping that he continues to compete as Penn is one of the best ever to fight in the UFC.
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