BJ Penn was brutally honest with himself following his 3rd straight loss in which he suffered a brutal beating at the hands of his opponent. Losing the trilogy bout to Frankie Edgar in a fight where he had virtually zero offense to offer the former lightweight champion, eventually being rescued by Herb Dean in the 3rd round.
BJ Penn looked like a shell of his former self, utilizing a rare erect stance, standing on his toes and pumping out the jab with no success. Through it all, BJ Penn’s toughness was never questioned, despite being finished for just the 2nd time in his career.
The 35 year old admitted post-fight to Jon Anik that he shouldn’t have been in the cage tonight and came to the realization that he couldn’t compete with guys at the top level anymore.
“Frankie did a great job,” Penn said. “I shouldn’t have came back. I shouldn’t have been in the ring tonight.”
Although he didn’t specifically mention the world retirement, BJ Penn hinted and all but confirmed that this will be the end of his mixed martial arts career.
“Dana said it was over, I gotta agree with him at this point. I’m glad I got to take the chance. When I started fighting, my father told me when I was a little kid, every time I got hurt to think past the pain and here I am still today.”
BJ Penn falls to 16-10-2 in his career, 1-5-1 in his last 7. His last win, a KO of Matt Hughes in 2010. The former lightweight and welterweight UFC champion began fighting in MMA in 2001, and throughout his career developed a reputation of being willing to fight anyone at any weight class–from heavyweight to featherweight.