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

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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