Following his emphatic unanimous decision loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 on Saturday night, future UFC Hall of Famer BJ “The Prodigy” Penn announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
The former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion has hinted at retirement before, but his words following what could have been the most severe beating of his career seemed far more definitive.
“Joe, this is probably the last time you see me in here,” said the 32-year-old. “I want to perform at the top level. … I’ve got a daughter. I’ve got another daughter on the way. I don’t want to go home looking like this. I’m done.”
However, the ever-talented Hawaiian issued a message to his fans through BJPenn.com that makes it sound like he might be leaving the door open for a return to the cage somewhere down the line.
I want to thank all the fans for their love and support. I have decided to take some time off to enjoy life, train and teach. I will keep you guys posted with what’s next.
– BJ Penn
Penn’s current record stands at 16-8-2; he’s 1-3-1 in his last five fights.