BJ Penn Acknowledges Possibility of Retiring After Third Frankie Edgar Fight

Published on July 4th, 2014 2:17 pm EST

In recent days, UFC President Dana White has stated that he would likely try to convince BJ Penn to retire if Penn doesn't beat Frankie Edgar this Sunday at the Ultimate Fighter Finale.

BJ Penn was asked directly about Dana White's comments at a recent press gathering and said that the UFC President's comments "made a lot of sense".

In addition, Penn seemed to infer that he may even choose to retire should he win the fight. Wouldn't that be the best way to go out, the former Welterweight and Lightweight champion wondered aloud.

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BJ Penn said that his entire family is in Las Vegas for the fight, which leads me to believe that he has already decided to retire after Sunday's fight against Frankie Edgar.

In addition, Penn has been extremely cheerful during his pre-fight interviews, seemingly content and happy with his place in the world. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that we get a retirement announcement from BJ Penn following Sunday night's fight, regardless of the outcome.

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BJ Penn is 35 years of age and currently sports a lifetime record of 16-9-2. As mentioned, BJ Penn held both the Welterweight and Lightweight titles in the past.

Penn may not have the most sparkling record, but that is impacted by the fact that he spent a great deal of his career fighting much larger opponents, including Georges St. Pierre and even Lyoto Machida.

BJ Penn is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, and those who have been interested in his career would be well-advised to tune in on Sunday night, as it could very well be the final fight of his career.


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