Dana White Won’t Offer B.J. Penn Another UFC Bout After Seven-Fight Losing Streak
By: Tristen Critchfield Jun 8, 2019
Penn elects to fight again, he will probably have to find a new
In a recent interview with
TSN, UFC president Dana White said that he won’t give the Hall
of Famer another opportunity to compete in the Octagon. Penn has
lost seven consecutive bouts dating back to October 2011, including
a decision defeat to Clay Guida in
his most recent appearance at UFC 237.
“No, I want B.J. to retire,” White said. “I love B.J. Penn. B.J.
Penn is one of the legends of the sport. This is a young man’s
game. I gave him a lot of opportunities because he’s B.J. and
because of the relationship that I’ve had with B.J. his entire
career and before that.
“But I can’t do that again. I can’t do it again.”
The 40-year-old Penn has not made a definitive announcement
regarding his career since UFC 237. The former two-division
champion’s last victory game in the form of a 21-second knockout of
Hughes at UFC 123 on Nov. 20, 2010. Penn initially announced
his retirement following a lopsided loss to Frankie
Edgar at “The Ultimate Fighter 19” finale in July 2014 before
launching a comeback in 2017.