If former double-divisional champion BJ Penn has any desire to put on a pair of gloves or rash-guard and hit the gym he sure isn’t showing it.
Penn recently updated fans on his post-MMA life after having announced he was leaving the sport on the heels of an entertaining clash with current welterweight #1 contender Nick Diaz at UFC 137 he ultimately lost via decision. And, dashing the dreams of some fans, the popular Hawaiian hasn’t done more on the athletic front than some casual fitness and is contemplating a surfing competition against a friend rather than an in-ring match-up against a Mixed Martial Artist.
“Two weeks ago I started to run again. I just couldn’t take sitting around the house anymore without exercising and my body feels so much better now that I have started working out again,” Penn wrote on his blog for Bleacher Report. “I still haven’t gotten into the gym and done any type of martial arts training yet, but the runs are definitely fun and, like I said, they make my body feel better.”
So how has Penn kept busy? According to the 32-year old he’s spent time working in the community and enjoying life with friends/family.
I have a foundation here in Hawaii called the ‘Penn Hawaii Youth Foundation,’” Penn said of one of the endeavors receiving his focus. “This foundation helps at-risk children that have been in trouble get back on track through martial arts and several other positive activities. This past Saturday, my latest group of kids graduated from the program and I got to go to the ceremony. It was great to see the progress they have all made.”
Though it’s impossible to know if Penn’s fire to compete will flare up again, at least for now he appears content with his decision and the free time he now has. Regardless, as cloudy as his future may seem, one thing is clear – Penn is one of the greatest of all time and a surefire Hall of Fame member.
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