“This is probably the last time you’re ever going to see me in here. I want to perform at the top level. That’s it,” Penn said after the loss to Diaz. “I’ve got a daughter, another daughter on the way, I don’t want to go home looking like this. I’m done.”
Now months removed from that time, Penn hasn’t backed off his original statement and it appears he’s settling into the life of a retired fighter.
“As of now I am sticking to that,” Penn said during the UFC on Fuel TV 2 post fight show. “I haven’t made any plans to come back and fight again, Dana White has actually called me a couple times and talked to me, it’s just something that’s not in my future right now.”
Now, just one week removed from those comment by Penn, UFC president Dana White says that he expects to see Penn in the Octagon again. White’s comments were far from definitive, providing no details, but he did declare, “B.J. says he wants to fight again.”
There’s obviously no deadline for Penn to make up his mind. It’s his life. It’s his career. He can do whatever he wishes, but what do you say B.J., are we going to see you back in the Octagon again?