Las Vegas, Nevada (HawaiiNewsNow) – B.J. Penn's career may not be over just yet. The Hilo native earned a majority draw decision against Jon Fitch Saturday in the main event of UFC 127.
Penn admitted that, prior to the match, he had contemplated retirement if he lost the fight. However, the indecisive outcome of his last fight may not be the way the former two-time UFC champ wants to exit the spotlight.
He told UFC analyst Joe Rogan: "I guess I wasn't sure with what I was going to do with my career if I lost this fight but since the gods were nice to me and gave me a draw, if he (Fitch) wants to do it again, I'll do it again."
Penn came out aggressive against Fitch to begin round one, recording a couple of take downs, and appeared to win the round. In round two it was more of the same, Penn took down Fitch and bloodied the 33 year old's nose. But in the 3rd and final round Fitch had had enough, taking Penn to the ground and pummeling him for the final 3 minutes of the match. Even Penn had to tip his hat to Fitch.
"I think I got some dominant positions in the first and second, but he kicked my butt in the third."
During the post fight interview Fitch admitted that he too was displeased with the outcome and would let the UFC decide if a rematch was in the cards.