B.J. Penn: “I am not actively seeking to fight again but I think I may.”

B.J. Penn: “I am not actively seeking to fight again but I think I may.”

Surefire UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn has been on the fence regarding retirement since a one-sided decision loss to Rory MacDonald last December. On one hand, Penn appears to have gas left in the tank and wants to keep competing. On the other, he’s won a single fight in more than three years and he’s not getting any younger.

The fan-favorite provided an update on his mindset in an interview with Gulf News where he didn’t have a clear cut answer on the topic of a future fight but at least provided some insight on why the decision has been so tough.

“I might fight again. I am not actively seeking to fight again but I think I may. I fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for 13 years; the UFC does not want to see me get hurt I think… so maybe I fight again or maybe not,” said Penn, referring to recent comments from UFC President Dana White calling for “The Prodigy” to call it a career.

A loving father, the 34-year old pointed to his family commitments as another important influence on the direction he’ll ultimately take.

“I would be the first to say that I was never the same fighter after I had kids, after I had my two daughters, I would say that. It’s true. But regarding the injuries and blood…it took my mother a long time to be able to bear and watch it,” he confessed. “If I get injured I don’t like to go home, because I don’t want to my kids to see me hurt because they are going to get scared. In fact, it is all these things that makes me wonder if I have to step away.”

Penn was a champion at both lightweight and welterweight. He holds an overall record of 16-9-2 with wins over Sean Sherk, Diego Sanchez, and Matt Hughes.

2 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    I wouldn’t have called for it a month ago, but now that BJ and Serra are calling it quits (sorta), I really would like to see them go out fighting each other. Not that I think it’s gonna be a barn burner or anything, but more for nostalgia than anything else.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    thats what sucks about mma. No last moment to capture. If bj tries one more t d or victory lap or 3 pointer in this sport theres a risk of getting ko ed. To mo nothing sucks morr than seeing some one u love to watch gets ko ed time after time trying to makr his name survive. For me it was chuck lidell. It was hard watching him get dropped by jardine, rashad, franklin ect.

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