As the old adage goes, ‘Time heals all wounds.’ Perhaps when BJ Penn’s (Pictured) bloodied and battered face returns to normal, the former UFC multi-divisional champion will resume his illustrious mixed martial arts career.
Penn unexpectedly retired from MMA after getting thoroughly outboxed by Nick Diaz in a unanimous decision loss at UFC 137. While the abrupt announcement was an emotional one, Penn appeared convinced that it was time to be a full-time father.
“The Prodigy” was rushed to the hospital following Saturday night’s loss, so he wasn’t able to elaborate on his future at the post-fight press conference. However, on Monday the 32-year-old issued a brief statement suggesting his retirement may still be up for debate:
“I want to thank all the fans for their love and support. I have decided to take some time off to enjoy life, train and teach. I will keep the you guys posted with what’s next.”
– BJ Penn
Although UFC president Dana White acknowledged Penn is starting to get a little long in the tooth, he believed the Hawaiian might change his mind once the cobwebs cleared.
Penn owns a 16-8-2 professional record and donned the UFC welterweight and lightweight titles.