UFC President Dana White would like to see Penn retire, as the fighter hasn’t picked up a victory in over eight years.
“I would love to see B.J. retire,” White said at the UFC 232 post-fight press conference. “B.J. has nothing left to prove. I always say fighting is a young man’s game. Fighting isn’t for older men. B.J. is a multiple-time world champion in multiple divisions and he’s got nothing to prove. People love him, he’s a legend and he has nothing left to prove.”
Penn’s last victory came at UFC 123 in November of 2010, defeating former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes by first round knockout.
Whether Penn retires or not, one thing White wants people to know is that Penn is a true MMA legend.
“B.J.’s a legend of this sport, he went down to Brazil trained hard for this thing,” White said. “The camp was raving about him. He got caught in a submission tonight. B.J. Penn is one of the legends of this sport and helped build this company.”
No comment has been given by Penn since the UFC 232 loss, which also marked his return to the lightweight division.