When iconic welterweight B.J. Penn lost badly in a one-sided affair against Nick Diaz in October 2010 he wasted little time announcing his retirement from MMA, revealing he was calling it quits within minutes of the defeat. Though Penn ultimately came back to compete against Rory MacDonald earlier this month at UFC on FOX 5, “The Prodigy” fell in similar fashion and was again left with questions about his future inside the Octagon.
However, this time around Penn didn’t decide to hang up his gloves before heading backstage, and it appears he still hasn’t. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to give it another go in the cage at any point soon if ever again.
“I am taking some time to figure it out,” said the 34-year old Penn in an interview with Inside MMA when asked about his plans.
The news is certainly positive for fans hoping the popular Hawaiian may fight again and exit the sport on a high note, possibly as a lightweight. Penn was a champion at 155 pounds and looked sharp, even in losses to Frankie Edgar, while his UFC record at welterweight is an unimpressive 2-5-1 with both victories coming against Matt Hughes.
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