Forrest Griffin recently announced his retirement from MMA, joining the likes of Matt Hughes, Shane Carwin and Stephan Bonnar.
Now, UFC president Dana White is hoping to see fellow former UFC champion BJ Penn hang it up. “The Prodigy” has yet to decide officially what his future holds, as he has not fought since late in 2012 when Rory MacDonald defeated him.
“I want BJ Penn to retire,” said White, during his media scrum following UFC 160 over the weekend. “You’re one of the greatest ever. You have money, you have a beautiful family.”
White, though, realizes that the crowd reactions fighters get entering the Octagon is a rush like no other, saying “It’s hard. It’s hard to walk out of that. That arena’s packed, everybody’s screaming your name, you’re making tons of money and it’s hard to walk away from that.”
Penn hasn’t earned a win since 2010 when he finished Hughes. Still, he has kept hope alive for another fight inside the Octagon by remaining silent on the issue.
“BJ is too tough for his own good,” White stated.