Penn Contemplating Retirement? Hopefully Not


B.J. Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

One of the storylines coming out of UFC 94 that doesn’t involve greasing is the future of B.J. Penn. UFC President Dana White said at the post-fight press conference that he expects Penn to defend his lightweight title against Kenny Florian sometime later this year.

However Penn’s head trainer, Rudy Valetino, struck a different tone with Josh Gross when talking about his client’s future:

Should Penn decide to move forward and attack the integrity of St. Pierre and his camp, chances are the Hawaiian will want to fight again. That, surprisingly, is not an automatic. Though the answer seems obvious considering Penn, who is only 30, appears perfectly capable of carving himself a meaningful legacy at 155, no one close to “The Prodigy” knows for certain if he’ll return.

“Before we got to Vegas we were talking,” Penn’s chief trainer, Rudy Valentino, said Sunday evening after returning to Hilo. With a win over St. Pierre “he wanted this to be his last fight.”

Fortunately, Luke Thomas found (note the past tense since B.J. has since taken the posts down) that B.J. may be looking forward to fighting Florian later this year, “hopefully in June” according to him. B.J. walking away at the age of 30 would rob fans, present and future, of all of the potential great fights that he has left in him. Hopefully he decides to continue his storied career.

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