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    Default Dana White will push B.J. Penn to retire if Penn loses to Frankie Edgar

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    B.J. Penn could be on the brink of a career rebirth at 145 pounds on Sunday night, when he meets Frankie Edgar in his featherweight debut.

    Or, the 35-year-old former welterweight and lightweight champion could be on the brink of retirement.

    If Penn loses to Edgar in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, his boss is going to suggest he walk away.

    "This is B.J. Penn's last fight possibly," UFC president Dana White said Tuesday 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."

    Penn, though jumping to another weight class, is still 1-4-1 in his past six fights. He hasn't won since knocking out Matt Hughes at UFC 123 in 2010.

    "It could be possibly watching Michael Jordan playing his last basketball game," White said. "It could be Tiger Woods' last golf game."
    I love BJ Penn but Dana's comparisons are idiotic. However, even though Penn stepped away for a while, could this very well be Penn's last fight if he loses? I certainly hope not. I really hope Penn gets revenge on Edgar this weekend. That would make my entire MMA year, hands down.

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    This fight makes no sense. If I see Penn go out on another loss to Edgar I will be really pissed.
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    I understand he is trying to do what may be best for them, but this is [and always has been a] very paternalistic attitude. He would want to push him to retire for his safety, but if he (or any other fighter) said no they don't want to retire and those fighters asked for their release if they can't fight for UFC, would Dana release them? Probably not because he wouldn't want them to fight for another organization.

    Also, I agree that this fight makes no sense. The only interesting factor for me is seeing BJ at 145. If he somehow avenges it, people will be on that bandwaggon really fast.

    Also, BJ is not the Jordan of MMA. We may have seen the Jordan of MMA play his last game when he knocked out Pedro Rizzo, or when he won a controversial split decision to Johny Hendricks. I would've said when he broke his leg against Weidman but all signs point to him coming back. At this point, only Fedor, Anderson and GSP should be considered the best to ever play this game. No one else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. MMA View Post
    At this point, only Fedor, Anderson and GSP should be considered the best to ever play this game. No one else.
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    And when will be the day that Dana finally pushes himself to retire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasha K View Post
    And when will be the day that Dana finally pushes himself to retire?
    Why would Dana retire when he only makes good decisions and has never made a mistake, ever? In his mind, at least.

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    if he's ko'ed in round 1 i would agree, but if Penn brings it and goes to a competitive decision whos to say he cant return for more fights at this new weight class

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    I predict BJ gets outclassed just like the last fight. Love him or hate him, BJ has slowed down in the last few years. Edgar will win a decision.

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    After the last two fights, how can you even give Penn a chance? This has to be the dumbest matchmaking ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1ckeykn0x View Post
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    I love BJ Penn but Dana's comparisons are idiotic. However, even though Penn stepped away for a while, could this very well be Penn's last fight if he loses? I certainly hope not. I really hope Penn gets revenge on Edgar this weekend. That would make my entire MMA year, hands down.
    I'd have to disagree. I think his comparisons are quite accurate. He's saying that it will be one of the greatest all time athletes in their respective sports competing for the last time. Similar situation to Teemu Selanne in the nhl playoffs this year.

    I've never been a fan of Penn, but I do respect what he's done and that he certainly has a hardcore fanbase. Personally I do hope he retires if he loses though, hes offered very little to the sport in recent years and I just don't see that changing.

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