“The Prodigy” has teased the notion of making a comeback on a few occasions but seems content to keep on training at his leisure in Hawaii while enjoying the fruits of his successful career. Unfortunately, Penn was 0-2-1 in his last three tilts, but the record was more a result of the fan-favorite being his own worst enemy than the level of competition. Essentially, Penn’s willingness to fight all-comers and lack of interest in dieting as required resulted in far more match-ups than necessary above his ideal fighting weight of 155 pounds.
When it comes to discussing Mixed Martial Artists and retirement the conversation tends to be on fighters who have held on a little too long a la Jens Pulver, Chuck Liddell, or Tito Ortiz. However, there are plenty of pugilists who have walked away from the UFC with gas left in the tank to the chagrin of countless fans. Here’s a look at five competitors whose time in the Octagon was cut short… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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