BJ Penn Issues Brief Statement Regarding Future

Written by Tom Ngo
October 31st, 2011

UFC Welterweight BJ Penn

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.

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