UFC President Dana White believes, and hopes, that future UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn will hang up the gloves and retire after tonight’s devastating loss to Rory MacDonald. The former champion was frustrated and handled all night by the exciting Canadian prospect. White commented on the matter during the UFC’s post-fight show on FUEL TV.
“He didn’t say it tonight but I think BJ is probably going to retire, I wouldn’t mind seeing that. He came back with a fire lit under him. Let me tell you what: That kid looked so good tonight. Rory looked better than he ever looked. The body punches he threw, you dont see punches like that in mixed martial arts. He really put it to B.J. tonight.
“B.J. is a warrior,” White continued. “Talk about a guy who doesn’t give up, doesn’t quit, and just keeps coming. I have so much respect for B.J. I always have, even though the good times and bad times. I‘d like to see him retire. He’s got plenty of money, he’s got a great family that loves him, he’s got babies, a beautiful wife … He has nothing left to prove to anybody, and everybody loves him. You heard the arena here tonight. I’d like to see B.J. retire.”
Penn, who was not interviewed after the bout. Will likely make a decision on his future in the coming weeks. The UFC legend has not won since 2010, when he defeated Matt Hughes.