Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight and welterweight champion, BJ Penn, has retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) following a third-round technical knockout loss to Frankie Edgar in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale, which took place on July 6, 2014, inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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"Frankie did a great job, I shouldn't have come back," Penn said in his post-fight interview with Jon Anik. "I shouldn't have been in the ring tonight, to compete against the top level like Frankie Edgar. Much respect to him. Dana (White) said it was over and I gotta agree with him at this point."
After nearly two years on the sidelines, Penn came out of self-imposed limbo to give it one more go against "The Answer," the man who not only took his 155-pound strap at UFC 112, but the same scrappy lightweight who kept him from getting it back at UFC 118.
"The Prodigy" eventually returned to the 170-pound division, to disastrous results.
Penn flirted with retirement during his first hiatus, but the allure of getting one back against his "Garden State" nemesis -- which came with a coaching gig on TUF 19 -- was just too much to resist, Unfortunately, he was flat-footed and lethargic for the entire fight, and paid for it with his blood.
But no matter how he may have ended up, there was a time when he was very special.
Epic feuds against Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre -- two former welterweight champions -- helped push the sport (and the UFC brand) to another level. But the Hawaiian will soon turn the 36 and has failed to make the necessary adjustments in a sport that never stops evolving.
Retirement now, hall of fame later. Thanks for the memories.