Minutes after an October 2011 loss to Nick Diaz had been recorded, UFC icon B.J. Penn revealed he was hanging his gloves up in order to spend more time with his family and move on with life after MMA. A year later, Penn announced he’d gotten the itch again and made his return to the ring last night at UFC on FOX 5.
Though “The Prodigy” ultimately came up on the wrong end of a dominant decision against Rory MacDonald, Penn didn’t go so far as to say he was retiring again. However, UFC President Dana White wishes he had.
“He didn’t say it tonight but I think B.J. is probably going to retire and I wouldn’t mind seeing that,” said White in an interview with Fuel TV after the event’s conclusion.
“B.J. is a warrior. Talk about a guy that doesn’t give up, doesn’t quit, and keeps coming out. I have so much respect for B.J….I always have, even through the good times and bad times, and I’d like to see him retire. He’s got plenty of money, he’s got a great family who loves him and he’s got babies, a beautiful wife,” White continued. “He’s got nothing left to prove to anybody and everybody loves him.”
The loss to MacDonald dropped Penn’s record to 1-4-1 in his last six scraps with the only win involving a sub-minute knockout of Matt Hughes more than two years ago.
The complete interview with White can be found below:
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