BJ Penn To Examine ‘What Is Next For His Life’ After UFC 232 Loss

BJ Penn to examine what’s next for his life after suffering yet another loss. Penn is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time, but it has been a rough ride for him over the last few years. He even captured both titles in the weight divisions during the 2000s. By looking at his fight […]

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BJ Penn to examine what’s next for his life after suffering yet another loss. Penn is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time, but it has been a rough ride for him over the last few years.

He even captured both titles in the weight divisions during the 2000s. By looking at his fight record, he has gone 1-8-1 since April 2010.

He has retired from the sport three previous times. Penn, who has been an icon to the MMA community, has won some big fights as a lightweight and welterweight in the UFC. Just like every other fighter, there are ups and downs. Now, he is in the latter stages of his fighting career, which have been filled with disappointment.

He recently decided to drop down to featherweight, and it lasted for three fights. He was TKO’d by Frankie Edgar and Yair Rodriguez before losing a majority decision to Dennis Siver in June 2017. In his latest fight, he suffered a submission loss to Ryan Hall at UFC 232.

What’s Next?

While doing a recent interview with his official website, the UFC Hall of Famer opened up on his future in the sport.

“I was shocked at how deep Ryan [Hall] was able to sink in the leg lock right off the hop,” Penn said. “The timing was perfect. I tried to run and pull my leg out, but I wasn’t going anywhere as my knee was still stuck inside his hips. So I tried to defend my knee and turn it up towards the sky. By the time I looked back he had already switched to the heel hook and my ankle just popped.”

“It is swollen. There’s some bruising and what not. But it wasn’t my knee. It was my ankle that popped. It is what it is. Hats off to Ryan Hall, that submission was the perfect storm. I’m going to let my ankle heal up and then I will contemplate what is next for my life,” he said.

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UFC 232 Results: Jon Jones Wins Light Heavyweight Title in Return from PED Ban

Jon Jones   wasn’t fazed by the last-minute venue change for UFC 232 after winning the light heavyweight title by defeating Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday night…

Jon Jones   wasn’t fazed by the last-minute venue change for UFC 232 after winning the light heavyweight title by defeating Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday night…

Ryan Hall Defeats BJ Penn via Epic 1st-Round Submission at UFC 232

Ryan Hall continues to make his way through UFC legends, knocking off BJ Penn by first-round submission at UFC 232 on Saturday night. Penn was able to avoid being baited by Hall, who was on the ground for most of the first two minutes…

Ryan Hall continues to make his way through UFC legends, knocking off BJ Penn by first-round submission at UFC 232 on Saturday night. Penn was able to avoid being baited by Hall, who was on the ground for most of the first two minutes…

Quote: Ryan Hall Will Be ‘Tough Fight’ For BJ Penn

BJ Penn is still trying to earn his first UFC win since 2010. “The Prodigy” hasn’t won a fight inside the Octagon since knocking out Matt Hughes in just 21 seconds at UFC 123. Since, Penn has gone on a five-fight losing streak since 2…

BJ Penn is still trying to earn his first UFC win since 2010. “The Prodigy” hasn’t won a fight inside the Octagon since knocking out Matt Hughes in just 21 seconds at UFC 123. Since, Penn has gone on a five-fight losing streak since 2011. He suffered a majority decision defeat to Dennis Siver in […]

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‘Risk Taker’ Rory MacDonald Hopes To Make His Name At Bellator 206

Rory MacDonald hopes to ‘make his name’ against middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206. As soon as MacDonald signed with the Scott Coker-run promotion, speculation began. What division would Rory Mac compete in? Could he really become a two-division champ? One of those questions has already been answered and we will watch in anticipation […]

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Rory MacDonald hopes to ‘make his name’ against middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206.

As soon as MacDonald signed with the Scott Coker-run promotion, speculation began. What division would Rory Mac compete in? Could he really become a two-division champ?

One of those questions has already been answered and we will watch in anticipation Saturday night (Sept. 29, 2018) as MacDonald tries to capture the middleweight strap from Mousasi.

Although Coker wasn’t too keen on the potential superfight between these two initially, after Mousasi ran through Rafael Carvalho to win the 185-pound title, he changed his tune:

“We’ve got to make this fight happen,” said Coker following Mousasi’s title-winning performance.

“I think he didn’t want to rush into it,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie. “He wanted to make sure he could connect the dots first.”

More likely Coker envisioned a future for Rory that revolved around Grand Prix-style tournaments.

Regardless, MacDonald couldn’t be happier at the way everything has worked out. MacDonald has the opportunity to become only the sixth fighter in MMA history to hold two titles simultaneously in the UFC or Bellator.

The others are Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, and most recently Daniel Cormier. The former UFC contender is relishing in the opportunity:

“It could be one of those fights that make my name,” MacDonald said. “It’s rare that you get a multi-weight champ, so it’s cool. It’s a great opportunity to be recognized in the sport as someone who’s not afraid to take risks.”

Even if the risk doesn’t pan out for MacDonald, he will still walk away as the welterweight champ.

But the Canadian will have a quick turnaround. He’s set to defend his title in the opening round of the welterweight GP against Jon Fitch next month.

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