If B.J. Penn elects to fight again, he will probably have to find a new promotional home.
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 Matt 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.