If B.J. Penn Loses to Frankie Edgar, Dana White Will Push Him to Retire

July 2, 2014
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BJ Penn UFC 94If B.J. Penn loses his TUF 19 Finale fight to Frankie Edgar on Sunday, UFC president Dana White will suggest to the fighter that he should retire from mixed martial arts.

White recently discussed Penn’s fate during an America’s Pre-Game broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

“If he wins, we’ll see what he does from there, but if he loses I will actually push for him to retire,” White said of Penn.

Penn and Edgar are set to fight for the third fight, which is scheduled to cap off this weekend’s marathon of UFC events and programming.

In their first two bouts against each other, Penn was heavily favored and widely considered one of the greatest lightweights ever to compete in the UFC. Edgar spoiled the party two times, beating Penn with unanimous decisions in each contest.

The Edgar fights were a stark turning point in Penn’s career, beginning a 1-4-1 run for Penn through two years of matches.

Following his most recent loss to Rory MacDonald, Penn announced that he would retire from fighting. But but every so often, the fighter flirted with making a comeback. When offered a third fight with Edgar, Penn jumped at the opportunity.

As White put it, Sunday could mean the end of a modern day legend. Edgar, once again, will become the turning point.

“Yes, it could be, possibly watching Michael Jordan play his last basketball game. It could be Tiger Woods’ last golf game,” White said. “This is B.J. Penn’s last fight, possibly.”

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  • jrcr_15

    Hasta La Vista Baby

  • dandogood

    Nick Diaz beat the hell out of the girly feminine BJ Penn. BJ is too soft and wimpy.

    • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

      youre an idiot

    • Just-scrap-nation

      Yeah a fighter who has only fought top competition consistently throughout his career, a two-division champion and has also never been knocked down is “whimpy”. Not one fighter in this sport is whimpy bro. Especially not BJ Penn. He’s never turned down a fight, no matter the opponent or weight class.

    • Bucket of Chicken

      That soft and wimpy lightweight could slap you around with ease.

    • put me in the sauna coach

      BJ lost fights because he always wanted to take on the biggest challenge…he was fighting heavyweights when he was a true 155. He only fought if he knew it would be a legit challenge. That’s why he wants this fight, you can argue if it’s smart or not but the guy is savage who won fights and lost fights by giving it his all.

    • safdasd

      Another uneducated fan. Say that after you’ve been champ in two divisions, become the first American to ever win Worlds in BJJ, go up in weight to fight Lyoto Machida, and considered the best lightweight of all time.A soft, chubby wimp couldn’t accomplish all of that.

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Dont know why Dana is so big on pushing guys to retire that helped build the company. If BJ , Chuck, whoever want more fights for big paychecks then let them. There was a good video at AAS about where are they now fighters .

    • michaelchimique

      He did the right thing with chuck. He was on a major losing streak with all losses coming from knockout.

      • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

        Chuck can make his own decisions.

        • BabaBooey

          Yeah right now at this very moment he can but if he kept getting knocked out the way he was, he wouldn’t even be able to tie his own shoes 15 years from now. Even professional Boxing cuts guys off after a certain point. I think pioneers(like Chuck and othrs) of the Dana White UFC era should still be employed in some capacity. Possibly promotions.

          • DirtyDan

            Boxing doesnt cut people off, If they do then when is it cause i see tons of boxers 50-60-70 fight careers. That was the dumbest thing you could of ever said.

          • BabaBooey

            Of course they do you fool. Boxing commission deny licenses to Fighters ALL THE TIME . This isn’t 20 years ago. In Boxing if you get knocked out 4 or 5 times in a row you aren’t getting a boxing license in Vegas.

  • uncle

    If he got finished I can see it, but not by a razor close decision

  • TRT-rex

    Who cares. Did anyone actually miss BJ? No one was waiting for to come back cause he is old and outdated. And what’s with trilogy’s? Why does ever promoter want us to watch the same fight 3 times? Re-running the same fight only hurts the memories of the first fight cause they are rarely as good

    • Bucket of Chicken

      I was.

  • TheCerealKiller

    This fight is a joke. He alreay lost twice, why do we have to see him lose or a third time to a better fighter? BJ hasn’t gotten better since the last fight, he’s gotten worse. This should be his last fight.

  • The Best Eva

    He’s not that old, he doesn’t have that many fights and he hasn’t taken a lot of beatings.

    I understand guys like Nog but theres no need to push BJ to quit.

  • KevStinx

    “This is B.J. Penn’s last fight, possibly.” – White

    If you keep repeating it, one day someone will believe.