B.J. Penn responds to UFC President's talk of retirement
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A cloud of retirement has hovered over the head of B.J. Penn for years. Arguably, it's never felt as real than this week when UFC President suggested he may push for the Hilo native to step away from the Octagon permanently, telling Fox Sports1: "This is BJ Penn's last fight possibly.
If he wins we'll see what he does from there. If he loses, I will actually push for him to retire." Thursday, Penn told me that he understands where White is coming from. "It's been a tough road for me these last couple years. All the critique I get from him is well deserved. At the end of the day, he's looking out for the fighters. I've known him for a long time. I know he's trying to take care of me.
It's just, i'm a fighter and I want to fight. So it's a tough position." It's easy to understand any pessimism surrounding Penn's return. B.J. has lost four of his last six UFC fights and when he faces Frankie Edgar in the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter, Sunday, it'll be the first fight for the 35-year old in 18-months.
However, it doesn't mean the former two-time champ is lacking confidence. Not only does Penn feel like he will avenge his 0-2 mark against Edgar, he says a victory doesn't guarantee he'll return to the octagon either. "I mean everyone is saying, if you lose it's over. How do you know if I win it's not over?
So let's just let this whole thing play out." Penn is 16-9-2 in his career. Edgar is 16-4-1. Sunday's fights begin AT 3PM HST.