After suffering a second loss to Frankie Edgar at the weekend there were rumors that former lightweight champion BJ Penn may have lost the motivation to fight, or may even consider retirement.
The word from the fighter himself just days removed from the fight is that this is not true.
“I’ve just been hanging out this last couple of days,” Penn says in a new video blog posted on his website BJPenn.com, “But I’m going to stick to what I said about being as active as I can. So that’s it, I’m going to try to contact the UFC, get a fight as soon as possible. Luckily I didn’t get injured so I got no injuries. I can still build off what I built in the last camp. I didn’t go out, I didn’t party or anything so that’s it.
” I’m going to jump in the gym tomorrow and go full blast and back training again, so there it is. And a lot of people have been asking me about the camps, so we’re still figuring that whole thing out, but while we’re figuring that whole thing out I’m going to jump in the gym already so that’s it. Starting tomorrow, back on track, going full blast.”
That’s good to hear. The only way to bounce back from a loss is to get back in the cage and fight again, rather than wallowing in self pity for a few months and letting the work put in during the last training camp go to waste.
There’s no doubt that ‘The Prodigy’s’ legacy has been dented somewhat by the convincing loss to Edgar on Saturday night, but it would be unwise to write him off just yet. For my money he still won the first encounter with Edgar, albeit very narrowly, and he’s also dismantled Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian within the past year.
If the UFC do plan to get him back in the cage ASAP then both Takanori Gomi and George Sotiropoulos are currently without an opponent and could fit the bill.