UFC President Dana White rarely tells his fighters when they should consider calling it a career but he’s willing to make an exception in the case of fan-favorite B.J. Penn. The 34-year old Hawaiian hasn’t been getting turned into goo like Chuck Liddell per say, but Penn is 1-4-1 in his last six scraps and gotten pummeled a few times along the way.
White offered up concern for Penn’s long-term health and overall legacy after UFC 160 in a conversation with media, saying “The Prodigy” needs to hang his gloves up and enjoy life instead of stepping back into the Octagon.
“He’s too tough for his own good. You don’t knock out B.J. Penn. B.J. Penn absorbs every amount of punishment you can give him…doesn’t mean he hasn’t taken damage. He’s taken a lot of damage and I don’t want to see him take anymore.”
SOURCE: MMAWeekly (transcription)
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