Penn flip-flops on retirement

BJ Penn (L) connect with a punch to the face of Frank Edgar during their UFC 118 lightweight title...

BJ Penn (L) connect with a punch to the face of Frank Edgar during their UFC 118 lightweight title bout at the TD Garden on Aug. 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Getty Images)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

Will he or won’t he? Maybe not.

Following his loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137, BJ Penn announced he would retire from mixed martial arts. Now, however, talk of his retirements seems to be a bit premature after his Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach, Alana Goes, came out and said Penn would return to the UFC in the future.

According to MMAMania.com, Goes posted photos of Penn on his Facebook page and said Penn told him he would continue to fight.

The Hawaiian is 1-3-1 in his past five bouts while fighting at both 155 pounds and 170 pounds.

Prior to his current run of poor performances, Penn was the UFC lightweight champion and dominated the division for nearly

two years.

And it seems now that the 32-year-old Penn might not quite be ready to retire from the Octagon.

DANA’S ULTIMATE PLAN

UFC prez Dana White has a dream. And it’s not to feed the hungry or clothe the poor. His dream is to have lethal fighting machines square off against each other in a mixed martial arts competition the likes of which we have never seen.

White has always been tireless in his quest to put on a bigger and better show and that quest takes his organization to all corners of the world, where The Ultimate Fighter will play a big role in the realization of his dream.

“I think we’ve done a great job of finding and cultivating great talent from all these different countries,” White said on Wednesday. “I just announced last week, about the Ultimate Fighter Brazil. I mean the amount of talent that the Ultimate fighter Brazil is going to create is going to be phenomenal … My goal is to get the Ultimate Fighter running in all these different countries at the same time, and then when you have a winner, we do like the world cup where each guy from each country fights each other and you end up with one winner. We’re getting close and closer to this dream I’ve had over the last five years.”

DANA’S OTHER ULTIMATE PLAN

Dana White was like a proud new papa when he saw promotions for the upcoming Nov. 12 heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior do Santos air recently during the World Series and Velasquez appearing on the NFL on Fox.

“There have been so many milestones we’ve had over the last 10 years,” White said as he cleared his voice during a conference call Wednesday. “Nobody knows more than I do how hard it was to get this sport off the ground and to get these athletes serious and the sport serious. To finally see spots and commercials about our fight airing on FOX, it was the proudest moment I have ever had of being in this business.

“And it’s about time. The people who have been in it for a long time know what incredible athletes these guys are, how hard they work, how smart they are. And the list goes on and on. I think that’s what makes me the happiest to finally see these guys on the same level as all the other athletes and respected the way that they should be.”

UFC IN MEXICO JUST A MATTER OF TIME

The UFC has held events all over the world, including Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Britain, UAE and Japan, but never Mexico. With two fighters of Latin American decent set to battle for the heavyweight title for the first time on Nov. 12, Dana White was asked during a conference call Wednesday when Mexico would get its shot at hosting an event.

“We’ve been working on Mexico for a long time, believe me,” White responded. “Mexico is taking a little longer than we planned but we’re aggressively working on Mexico … It’s tough to manoeuver and get things done … That’s what our goal is, we don’t just want to roll into these countries on some goofy network, we want to be on the real deal (major network) so it takes time.”

 

 


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