Nearly everyone in the building at Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night was shocked when, after a drubbing at the hands of Nick Diaz, former UFC champion B.J. Penn said, “I’ve got a daughter, another daughter on the way, I don’t want to go home looking like this. I’m done.”
Penn has often contemplated his place in mixed martial arts, often times re-considering what’s left for him after a decade of fighting.
He began his professional fighting career in the Octagon; a rarity, especially at the time he began fighting in 2001.
Despite failing to capture the belt in his first two title shots, the Hawaiian legend went on to capture belts in both the UFC welterweight and lightweight classes. He remains one of only two men to accomplish such a feat; Randy Couture is the other.
Like Couture, Penn is a shoe-in for the UFC Hall of Fame, but on Monday, after a couple days to allow the heat of the moment to cool, Penn’s stance on retiring seems to have cooled as well.
“I have decided to take some time off to enjoy life, train, and teach. I will keep you guys posted with what’s next,” he wrote on BJPenn.com.
Perhaps he’s listening to the masses that have voiced their opinions since he made the announcement after Saturday’s fight. MMAWeekly.com ran polls on both our home page and our Facebook page asking if you, the fans, felt BJ Penn should call it a career after his latest defeat.
You overwhelming said that Penn should not retire yet. You don’t want to see him go.
As of Monday evening, 63-percent of you casting votes want to see Penn return to the Octagon, many of you saying you’d like to see him return to the 155-pound division for some marquee match-ups.
Are you among those that want to see Penn continue fighting? If so, who would you like to see him matched up against? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or check us out on Facebook and Twitter.