Former two division UFC champion BJ Penn was released by the UFC earlier this year after a series of legal issues, ending with a fight against a bouncer in Hawaii, led to the promotion washing their hands of the hall of fame member.
Penn says people have been giving mixed advice about him fighting again, but Penn admits that there’s too much work in preparing for another bout.
“It takes a lot of work,” Penn said on an Instagram Live chat w/ Jason Parillo (via Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “It takes too much. Too much (expletive) work. At this age, it just takes too much (expletive) work. You never know what’s going to happen, but it takes so much work. There’s so much people telling me to fight again. Other people telling me don’t fight again. It’s a lot to take in.”
The former two division champion has lost seven of his last eight fights and Penn hasn’t picked up a win in almost a decade.
One thing Penn readily admits is that it has been hard getting anything else going outside of fighting.
“If I can get anything else going it would be nice,” Penn said. “If I could get anything else going in life than just a fist fight, it would be nice. But it’s so fun and I love the process and all those things about it. Then you get in the gym and start doing good with active fighters and next thing you know you’re trying to fight and biting off more than you can chew. You might be, you might not be. But the process itself it’s a lot to just do a camp or whatever.”
If Penn does retire from professional MMA competition, it would mean the loss to Clay Guida at UFC 237 would serve as his final professional MMA fight.