UFC legend BJ Penn claimed following his unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Nick Diaz tonight at UFC 137 in Las Vegas that he is contemplating retiring from the sport.
“This is probably the last time you’re going to see me here,” Penn told Joe Rogan post-fight, stating that he didn’t want to fight if he wasn’t performing at the top level anymore.
Penn, who suffered a barrage of blows throughout the second and third rounds of his fight with Diaz, was left bloodied and had his right eye swollen completely shut by the end of the contest, then revealed that his family was also in his thoughts.
“I’ve got a daughter, another daughter on the way. I don’t want to go home looking like this. I’m done,” he said before walking off.
Afterwards Penn was pictured backstage talking to Diaz, and later was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
The 32 year-old has hinted at retirement a number of times in the last 18 months as his stellar career began to take a downward turn, leaving him with a record of just 1-3-1 since April of 2010.
However, the Hawaiian is notoriously emotional after his fights and often sees things differently in the cold light of day so we’ll have to wait and see whether this is to be the last time we’ll see him step into the Octagon.
Personally I hope he will reconsider as he still has something to offer, particularly at 155lbs where he is undoubtedly better suited.
Whatever happens there’s no doubt that Penn, a former champion at both lightweight and welterweight is a true UFC hall-of-famer and will always be fondly remembered as one of the most exciting and talented fighters the sport has produced.