Former two-divisional UFC champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn fought to a draw for the second time in his career last night in a gritty battle against number two welterweight Jon Fitch. Despite showing flashes of brilliance and an evolved style in the fight, Penn was completely overwhelmed by Fitch in the third round as the combination of Fitch’s size and skill seemed to finally break the Hawaiian.
Following the fight–which many thought should have been awarded to Fitch based on the last round–Penn indicated that he would have had to reevaluate his career if he had lost but that he would be willing to fight Fitch in a rematch at the UFC’s behest. During the post-fight press conference, Penn reiterated his disappointment in his performance and said that he still has not made his mind up concerning his career future.
“I don’t know what was really running through my head,” Penn said. “As soon as the fight was done, a million different things were running through my head. A couple people asked me that. Did I say before the fight this was my last fight? I don’t know. I’m still just up in the air and still kind of disappointed I gave away the third round like that.”
In an interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, Penn elaborated on where his mindset is concerning his continued competition in MMA.
“I know I have the skill, I know I have the fire,” Penn said of fighting. “Some mornings I wake up and I just want to kill everybody but sometimes you think about your daughter, you think about different things. There’s a bunch of things running through your head, and your mind changes from time to time.”
When asked if he would definitely be returning to MMA, a solemn Penn replied, “I don’t know what I’m gonna do.”