Frankie Edgar is a former UFC Lightweight Champion, he won the belt when he defeated BJ Penn, he would go onto defeat Penn twice more during his UFC run. Edgar though, would like to see the former two division champion retire altogether.
“It’s never my place to tell someone to retire, that’s something you have to want to do,” Edgar told TMZ Sports. “Personally, I’d like to see BJ retire. That’s not the BJ we all fell in love with. His fighting style, the type of person he is and how he just brings it — you can tell he was kind of just a shell of himself. Father time is undefeated and that’s just what it is.”
Edgar cites Penn’s crushing defeat to Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 103 as the main reason the fighter should hang it up.
“BJ is a fighter, he’s a fighter at heart — he’s been through it all, he’s seen it all. But when Yair was ground-and-pounding him at the end, I was probably yelling at the TV, ‘Stop the fight, it’s enough.’ It as a beating at the end. I think they probably could have stopped it a bit sooner. Maybe if it was another guy, I might have been fine with it. But I think it was a beating and I think it was inevitable that that was the outcome. So he maybe could have saved himself a couple punches to the face,” said Edgar.
Edgar hasn’t competed since UFC 205, where he defeated Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision.