Wednesday, July 6, 2022

BJ Penn Opens Up On Retirement, Not 100% Committed To It

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Pedro Carrasco of has a new interview up in which former UFC Champion BJ Penn discusses his decision to retire and explains that although he isn't 100% committed retirement, he also isn't committed to a return to fighting.

You can check that out below and also check out the complete interview over at

“You know what, me and the team have talked about this for a long time and we talked about this after the first Frankie Edgar fight. In Fighting you really get a lot of motivation and a lot of fire when you're out there trying to prove yourself and going out there being all you can be.

There's nothing else more that I like than fighting, but every once in a while you need to take some time away. As of right now I don't feel that burning desire, that burning urge to compete and I'm just going to hang out. If I feel that desire again than I will be back, but if I don't feel it than there is no reason for me to make a return.

PC: So just to be clear, you're not committing to retiring 100% but you're not yet committing to return to fighting either is that right?

BJ: “That's just the truth, I would love to fight again, I'd love to fight all these guys. Right now I don't have that burning desire to compete so as I sit down and just enjoy life, when and if that desire comes back I will be ready to fight again. I'm sure it will.”

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