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Dana White: “I’d Like To See BJ Penn Retire”

It’s been almost two months since BJ Penn’s latest defeat. Since that unanimous decision loss to Rory MacDonald, UFC president Dana White has requested that Penn retire. There still has been no decision on Penn’s part, but White maintains his stance.

“I haven’t talked to him in a while,” said White during the post-fight UFC 156 media scrum. “I’d like to see BJ retire and move on. BJ’s got a gym and I don’t think he’s going to get a Matt Hughes or Chuck Liddell deal. But he’s got the gym over there, which does very well. He’s going to do okay. Don’t worry about BJ, he’s got a couple of bucks.”

For much of his career, Penn competed out of the lightweight and welterweight division. He won each division’s title once.

Following UFC 137, Penn retired after a loss to Nick Diaz. His return, over 13 months later, against MacDonald resulted in the same outcome. That loss made Penn 1-4 since 2010. His last win was in November 2010 with a 21 second knockout of Hughes.

Penn has kept quiet about his future after the most recent loss.