Former multi-division UFC champion BJ Penn hasn’t officially signed his retirement papers, but UFC president Dana White would like to see him do just that.
Penn, who lost to Rory MacDonald late in 2012, hasn’t stated officially whether he will compete again or not. White, though, hopes he joins the growing list of recently retired fighters that includes Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar and Shane Carwin.
“I want BJ Penn to retire,” said White, following UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 over the weekend. “You have money. You have a beautiful family. You’re one of the greatest ever.”
White added that he knows “it’s hard to walk out of that” energy the Octagon provides. Penn is 34 years old and has not won since a 2010 knockout of Matt Hughes.