UFC icon BJ Penn is nearly six months removed from his unexpected retirement and, based on his statements in an interview after yesterday’s UFC on Fuel 2 event, it still doesn’t appear he has the itch to return to the ring this year if ever again. Penn hung his gloves up in October after a one-sided decision loss to Nick Diaz, dropping his record to 1-3-1 in his last five outings.
Though Penn still believes he can compete at a high level, as do many in the MMA community, he seems content with focusing on family and friends rather than the required grind of a high-level fighter.
“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,” said Penn when asked about his current mindset. “As of right now I’m not entering the Octagon anytime soon.”
The popular Hawaiian also addressed a comment from one of his coaches who had teased Penn’s potential comeback based on a recent session in the gym where “The Prodigy” hit pads.
“That’s actually the first time I threw a punch since October, since I fought. I was enjoying myself,” laughed Penn on the topic before returning to reality, adding, “But it takes a lot. These guys are the top athletes in the world. And it takes a lot of time and a lot of energy to compete with these people.”
Check out the full interview below:
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