BJ Penn Planning to Remain Retired

Written by Tom Ngo
April 14th, 2012


Despite partaking in countless “UFC on FUEL TV 2” festivities this weekend in Sweden, BJ Penn (Pictured) did not develop the itch to get back into the mixed martial arts mix. According to the 33-year-old, he’s perfectly content with riding off into the Hawaiian sunset.

“I haven’t made any plans to come back and fight again. [UFC president] Dana White has called me a few times, but I’m staying retired,” Penn expressed during FUEL TV’s post-fight show. “I’m opening the UFC BJ Penn Gym in Oahu. I’m still training and teaching in my gym.

“I can’t see the scenario that would get me to come back. I’m going to sit back and watch all the other guys kick butt in the Octagon.”

Penn abruptly called it a career after dropping a convincing unanimous decision loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in October. He owns a 16-8-2 professional record and donned the UFC welterweight and lightweight titles during his illustrious career.

The Hawaiian had professed a return wasn’t out of the question as long as the challenge got his blood pumping, but some R&R was in order before any of that could happen. However, after six months away from the grind, it appears MMA fans may have seen the last of “The Prodigy.”

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