UFC president Dana White has watched B.J. Penn take several beatings and isn’t budging on his stance that it’s time for “The Prodigy” to retire.
“B.J. is too tough for his own good,” said White during the UFC 160 media scrum. “B.J. Penn has left that Octagon looking like a f—ing alien. He’s too tough for his own good. You don’t knock out B.J. Penn. B.J. Penn absorbs every amount of punishment you give him. He’s taken a lot of damage, and I don’t want to see him take anymore.”
Prior to 2010, Penn was a dominate figure in the UFC becoming one of only two UFC fighters to win gold in separate weight classes. That has quickly changed.
The Hawaiian has lately posted a 1-4 record, with a draw to his name, since dropping the lightweight title to Frankie Edgar and the subsequent rematch. Following a draw with Jon Fitch, Penn lost a pair to Nick Diaz and MacDonald.
Penn’s last win was at UFC 123 when he knocked out future hall of famer Matt Hughes with a right hand in 21 seconds to win their trilogy.
Since fans last saw Penn in December, he has not committed to retirement or a return.