POLL: Should BJ Penn Retire?

POLL: Should BJ Penn Retire?

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The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line. Whether or not you think you can or you can't, you are right. Fast / Good / Cheap...pick 2. Better an honest word to the ear, than a stiff punch to the jaw; ego kills. A hall passed through with the doors open, is a...?
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    Kinda surprised at the guys wanting him back. I just dont want to see a legend pounded into hamburger meat like before.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      My thought as well, E.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

      I don't see that happening at 155. Of course he could lose but I don't think that would have anything to do with him diminishing in ability. Personally I would still expect him to be in the top ten to fifteen at 155. His only truly bad performances have been above his natural weight class and even then he has had some pretty good showings. The Fitch fight wasn't that long ago and he did very well in that fight.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

        True, dat.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    Only BJ can answer that question.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      ICP, he attempts to, but obviates. IMO and deep in his hear he's packed it in and goes along with the rumor of his return to please his fans and camp.

      If BJ had the heart to come back as he did when he crushed people @ 155, then man…come back. However, BJ had fire in his heart and purpose in his doing. The BJ in this video is devoid of any of fire and purpose, here.

      That said, I think a good sports psychologist could motivate Penn to do it and to perform at the same levels that he did, when he crushed 155.

      As I see it for Penn, he would need to get his head around the fact that this is a title run, title shot and maybe a title defense, but that's it. Someone needs to show BJ a path, an exit and a restoration of not only a belt, but his status on a P4P list and a defense of his once storied legacy.

      All of that, if it was explained to him an exit strategy, might fly; 24 months and BJ could have his 155 title and legacy back, P4P and all of that, but it will take the same focus, however, it is the same focus that he has already and not that long ago, demonstrated.

      To sum up, if BJ wants to answer the question as yes, then he should do so, but with a plan, a path and a timetable, for once again holding the 155 belt.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    BJ Penn is not coming back..First of all he doesn't need the money. Second, he has nothing left to prove. IMO, it is a marketing ploy by BJ to keep him relevant in the minds of fans, sponsors.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      I agree with most of that brother, but…ah…he still wants in, but he won't commit and he could / would still be relevant. However, her has to **** it up and seriously train and even augment his game. Part of the problem is, that he can't do that in Hawaii. He needs a different camp and one that isn't telling him how great he is all day.

      My 2 cents worth.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

        If BJ is not chasing a title there really is no point coming back unless he desperately needs a million dollars. Then he might show up. But i suspect if BJ came back and got a big win without taking damage he would start believing in a comeback.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/trickthaddy trickthaddy

    If BJ wants to come back then she should. There is NO ONE that has owned him at 155 he has alot of time to come back and make a run should he want to do so. In my opinion if he does, he has to have the same fire and train the same way he did when he fought Kenny and Diego. If that BJ shows up i dont think any one at 155 in the world could beat him

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      Trick, I agree with all it.

      If the real BJ shows up, that beast that ate everything in front of him, the pre-Frankie Edgar Penn…yeah…he could well be Champ. He might need some tweaking, but yeah, he's a tough and talented SOB and with some work ethic, yes, he could "easily" be champion again.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/griffin griffin

    BJ will never be the same the killer fire is gone but if he preps well i would still love to see him against a mid tier guy any day

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ivy Ivy

    I think he should come back. Not a big fan, but I think he brings excitement to his fights.