Former UFC champion BJ Penn surprised many when he announced his retirement inside the Octagon following a loss to Nick Diaz last year. Most figured the decision was just a spur-of-the-moment calling, and “The Prodigy” would soon return to action.
Well, it’s been several months and Penn remains retired. During an interview on the post-UFC on FUEL TV 2 show Saturday evening, Penn talked about why retirement is fitting him nicely right now.
“I’m opening the UFC gym, the BJ Penn/UFC gym in Oahu. I’ve been doing that and I’ve been watching my gym at home,” Penn said (thanks to MMAWeekly.com for transcribing). “I’ve just been kind of teaching and training, I like it. Just go to the gym when I feel like training, I train, and if not, I watch my daughters. That’s all I do.”
Penn added that he has talked with UFC president Dana White, but fighting is “just something that’s not in my future right now.”
Along with winning welterweight and lightweight gold in the UFC, Penn put together a 16-8-2 record during his MMA career.