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BJ Penn Issues Brief Statement Regarding Future

Written by Tom Ngo
October 31st, 2011
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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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