Former UFC champion BJ Penn came out of retirement to try and exact some revenge on the Tristar Gym at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz. Instead, Penn was picked apart by Rory MacDonald, falling to the young prospect via decision.
UFC president Dana White told the post-fight show on Fuel TV that he hopes there is just one step next for “The Prodigy.”
“BJ will probably retire,” White said. “I wouldn’t mind seeing that. Rory looked better than he’s ever looked. You don’t see body punches like that. BJ is a warrior who doesn’t give up. I’ve got so much respect for him. I’d like to see him retire.”
Penn (16-9-2) has not won since a knockout victory over Matt Hughes in 2010. He fought Jon Fitch to a draw, and was defeated by Nick Diaz late in 2011. Following the Diaz loss, Penn announced his retirement.
However, the prospect of earning a win over a member of the Tristar Gym – the same home as UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre – prompted Penn to return to training. He lost two matches to GSP previously during his career.
Penn was sent directly to a hospital following the fight and not made available for comment.