This time last year, the MMA world was preparing for BJ Penn’s latest bout, as he was booked to fight Frankie Edgar for a third time on July 6th, 2014. The fight, which came after the two coached opposite of one another during TUF 19, ended up being a one sided, stoppage win for Edgar.
Following the bout, Penn admitted that he had made a mistake returning to the Octagon, as the legendary fighter hadn’t competed since 2012, when he was decisioned by Rory MacDonald. The defeat to Edgar was Penn’s third straight.
So how is Penn doing in his post-fighting career? And what has he been up to? Recently the Hawaiian appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and Penn relayed the following when asked whether there’s a chance he might fight again (quote via MMA Mania.com).
“I don’t see myself with the strong will to want to, you never know what the future holds or pops up, but I have no desire to jump into a training camp and try to get out there.”
“…I went in the gym and did some cardio, but I haven’t done martial arts this past year. I’ve been relaxing just catching up on stuff that I missed out in life instead of being in the gym all the time. I’ll get in the gym to do cardio and stuff for my health, but the truth is I haven’t done martial arts at all this last year….I guess I am young if you see that a 37-year old just won the UFC heavyweight championship (laughs). But, I guess its just how much you are into it. Sometimes it’s not age it’s miles. Who knows, you never know.”
Penn left the door open there for a comeback, but you have to wonder if the UFC would be willing to give him another fight, if he elected to compete again. UFC President Dana White called for Penn to retire back in 2013, after he was decisioned by MacDonald.
The former lightweight and welterweight champ has a record of 16-10-2. Penn’s last win took place in 2010, when he knocked out Matt Hughes. Prior to that win he dropped consecutive decisions to Edgar.