Everyone’s heard it before. A fighter loses and immediately afterward he retires, saying he will never grace the inside of a cage again. Fans believe it’s the heat of the moment, the pain of losing, or that they are just at a loss as to where their career goes from there. Recently BJ Penn was one of those fighters, as he retired after a one sided defeat at the hands of Nick Diaz. The assumption was that MMA legend would return after a hiatus. Now five months later, the former champ is still reluctant to return to the sport of mixed martial arts.
“At the moment, I don’t have any plans to fight. I have nothing scheduled, I’m just taking it easy, kind of enjoying life. So as of right now, I’m not entering the Octagon anytime soon. I’ve thought about (retiring) a lot over the years. I’ve been with the company for almost 11 years, probably 11 years now. It’s definitely come up in my head before. The fight (against Nick Diaz) was a tough fight but I don’t think it was just that fight. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and thinking about getting away from this sport. But I know everybody’s constantly trying to pull me back in. … We’ll see. No one knows what the future holds.”
He does leave the option for a return eventually, but as for now he seems content for with his decision. You never want to see a fighter leave on a loss, but I would assume most people would rather see a fighter leave on their own terms than be forced out.