As we all know, BJ Penn has tentatively retired, after his bout with Nick Diaz, where the UFC veteran and fan favourite lost a very tough fight to the challenger and leaving the octagon with his face looking like something out of a “Rocky” Movie.
Penn was quite obviously frustrated, upset and very embarrassed at the beating he just received, it was too much, and right there in the post fight interview with Joe Rogan, he retired. Although Penn said he was retired, many felt he was just making a rash decision at a very emotional and disappointing moment in his life.
Dana White was one who felt Penn was just needing some time off to clear his head and accept his loss before he would return, he wasn't buying into Penn's "retirement", he even made a statement about his conversation with Penn during the UFC’s FUEL TV event in Sweden, stating that Penn said he would return and that he was not retiring. But to confuse matters, Josh Koscheck appeared to have been offered a fight with Penn, and he took to his Twitter account to announce it, and at the same time maybe hoping it may add some pressure to Penn to make the decision to come back and fight him. Sadly that was not the case, Penn declined the offer saying he was not “returning anytime soon” .
Now News comes today that Penn appears to be softening his stance on his retirement, to the point where he’s basically saying he’ll return to fight, and when he does, it will be a big fight, and he doesn’t want any warm up fights either, but for now, he will remain idle for the foreseeable future.
Speaking via UFC Tonight, Penn said:
“I mean, right after my last fight I had no interest in fighting, but I am kind of warming up to the idea. Everywhere I go people are telling me to get back into the ring and I think it is working a little. No timetable, it isn’t going to be anytime in the next few months, that’s for sure.”
“The thing about the UFC is that the landscape is constantly changing. I guess whatever makes sense. I don’t want any freebie fights. I would like to put together a fight that makes sense for everyone; for the fighters, the fans and the organization – a big fight.”
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