UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn announced his official retirement on July 6 after being defeated by Frankie Edgar. Fans are shocked!
BJ Penn, 35, is known for being an emotional, passionate fighter who always gives 110 percent, even if he’s the underdog in a match. But that’s all over now. After losing a third-round TKO loss to opponent Frankie Edgar, the proud Hawaiian announced he’s hanging up his gloves for good.
BJ Penn’s Retirement — UFC Fighter Retiring After TKO By Frankie Edgar
During his fight with Frankie Edgar at the ultimate fighter finale, BJ looked defeated — he couldn’t switch positions quickly and stayed on his back for longer the usual. The fight was his debut in the 145-pound featherweight division.
BJ is one of only two guys to ever win titles in multiple weight classes, but he’s now retired from the sport. After his third consecutive loss to Frankie, BJ announced the following, according to ESPN:
“This is the end. I’m thinking to myself, ‘Why did you step back in the Octagon after the beating Rory MacDonald gave you?’ The reason is I really needed to find out. If I didn’t make this night happen, I would have always wondered. I would have complained to everyone, ‘I could have done it again! I could have done it again!’ Now, I know for sure that I can’t.”
UFC President Talks About BJ Penn’s ‘Legacy’ As A Fighter
UFC president Dana White has spoken out about BJ’s place in UFC fighting history.
“He’s one of the best 155-pounders of all time. He helped build that weight class and he was responsible for helping build the UFC. That’s his legacy,” Dana said, according to ESPN.
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— Megan Ross