BJ Penn (Pictured) stormed onto the MMA scene in May of 2001. On Saturday night after dropping a convincing unanimous decision loss to Nick Diaz, “The Prodigy” made an impromptu decision to disappear from the sport he helped build.
“This is probably the last time you’re ever going to see me here,” a disappointed Penn stated. “I want to perform at the top level. You know what? I’ve got a daughter and another daughter on the way. I don’t want to go home looking like this. I’m done.”
While Penn believes UFC 137 likely marked his final foray, it was an emotional decision that UFC president Dana White thinks the 32-year-old could feel differently about with some quality time away from the Octagon.
“BJ is a warrior,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “What happened to him tonight has never happened to him in his entire career. What he’s thinking tonight he might not think eight weeks from now.”
Unfortunately for fight fans, Penn and his remodeled mug weren’t able to attend the presser and expand upon his retirement plans. However, when the bumps and bruises heal, White suggested he will not force Penn’s hand in either direction.
“They took BJ right to the hospital,” White shared. “Who knows. It might be or it might not be [the end of Penn]. That’s up to him.”
Penn owns a 16-8-2 professional record. He donned the UFC welterweight and lightweight titles.