UFC legend and future Hall of Famer, B.J. Penn has retired following his loss to Frankie Edgar last night in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was the main event of UFC's The Ultimate Fighter Finale. A seemingly rejuvenated Penn looked great during the weekend as he was making his debut in the Featherweight division.
However, Penn was clearly dominated during the course of the fight as former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar dispatched Penn finally finishing him off in the third round via a TKO. Yet, the bigger story was when Penn announced his retirement after the fight.
Penn finishes his illustrious career with a 16-10-2 record. He is also one of only two men to win UFC titles in two different weight classes (Randy Coutoure is the other). He has had storied rivalries with such names as Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre, and, of course, Frankie Edgar.
At the post fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said, "He's one of the best one hundred and fifty five pounders of all time." He continued, "he built that weight class.And, he was responsible for helping build the UFC". This is high praise coming from the usually blustery White. Yet, there is no mistaking his words. Penn is a bona fide legend in a sport that loves to throw around the term "legend".
Fans can happily remember the memories of his fights. As Penn himself said humbly when recounting what his legacy would be, "my lasting legacy would be in highlight reels". Thanks for the memories B.J. You gave UFC fans plenty of highlight reels.