What is next for B.J. Penn?

By Al Stover
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

“I just want to be known as the best ever, is that too much to ask?”

These are words uttered by former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight champion “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn (16-9-2) who recently lost in his fight against Rory “Ares” MacDonald (14-1) by way of decision.

With this recent loss against MacDonald, the question remains whether or not Penn will decide to hang up the gloves once and for all.

On the Fuel TV post-fight show, UFC President Dana White voiced his opinion of whether or not Penn is done with the sport.

“B.J. will probably retire. I wouldn’t mind seeing that.”

White has also said that he feels Penn deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame.

Penn had seemingly announced his intentions to retire in a post-fight interview after his loss to Nick Diaz back in October 2011. However, he posted a message on his website that he was merely taking some time off.

Since the loss to MacDonald, Penn has not made any  announcement on the status of his career. He did go on Twitter to say “Mahalo” to his fans and also to congratulate MacDonald for “putting on a great performance.”

Similar to fighters like Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture, Penn is one of those fighters who represents an era of the UFC that was on the rise, as well as one of the earlier stars of the promotion’s lightweight division. These qualities, in addition to his fighting spirit, have helped him become one of the UFC’s most beloved fighters.

What I enjoyed about watching Penn was that in addition to his ground game, he also had powerful hands that would either take out legends like Caol Uno or Matt Hughes in seconds, or leave fighters like Joe Stevenson and Diego Sanchez a bloody mess.

If Penn is not keen on retiring, perhaps he should at least take time off for his body to heal before he steps back into the octagon.

Although this loss may prevent him from being labeled as “the best ever,” the 33-year-old Hawaiian native has accumulated enough accolades and honors over the years to be known as one of the best in MMA history.


Do you think Penn should retire or does he have one more fight in him? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.

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