Bye Bye BJ
BJ Penn announced retirement from his long and illustrious career after a devastating loss to Nick Diaz. After the fight Penn said, “Hats off to Nick Diaz, he’s the man,” and then added “It’s probably the last time you’ll ever see me in here. I want to perform at the top level. This is the end. You know what, I’ve got another daughter on the way, I don’t want to go home looking like this.”
BJ Penn earned his nickname “The Prodigy” by earning a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in less than 5 years. He went on to become the first non-Brazilian to win the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. BJ was willing to fight anyone, regardless of weight class. He even fought as high as heavyweight when he took on future champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida back in 2005.
BJ Penn is one of only two men (the other being Randy Couture) to win UFC Championships at two different weight classes. BJ Penn will go down as one of the greatest fighters in UFC history. Many believe that BJ is the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner in the entire world. BJ also runs the best Twitter source for MMA news out there (@bjpenndotcom).
BJ Penn will be sorely missed, but I don’t think he’ll be too far away from the MMA scene even if never steps into the Octagon ever again. And who knows, maybe we haven’t seen the last of BJ. He wouldn’t exactly be the first fighter to declare their retirement and then fight again, sometimes several times/retirements later.