B.J. Penn has won UFC titles in two divisions, and as the sure-fire hall-of-fame fighter prepares to drop down on yet another weight class, Dana White has said that this may just be the last time he does compete for the promotion. According to the UFC president, if he doesn't win this third bout against Frankie Edgar, he will try to make 'the Prodigy' hang up the gloves.
"This is B.J. Penn's last fight possibly," said on FOX Sports 1. "If he wins, we'll see what he does from there, but if he loses, I will actually push for him to retire."
"It could be possibly watching Michael Jordan playing his last basketball game. It could be Tiger Woods' last golf game."
Penn hasn't won since a KO victory over Matt Hughes in 2010, but after a long layoff, he will jumping right back in at a new weight class, and against the number 3 ranked featherweight in the world. The 35-year-old may be 1-4-1 in his last six bouts, and I know Dana may be saying this to further hype the match, but I think we owe the two-division champion the courtesy to wait and see how he actually performs before making proclamations.
Edgar seems like a tough match up, but even if he ends up losing, if Penn looks like he still belongs in the cage with one of the best in the world, I honestly don't see why people should automatically call for him to retire.
Penn is currently a massive underdog, with some outlets having Edgar as high as -675 on their books.
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