Recently retired BJ Penn looks back on his loss to Frankie Edgar at TUF 19 finale and the move to 145, Penn says he now questions why he made the move:
“I keep going back about a lot of things…was it even smart to go down to 145 pounds in the first place? Were you going to have the energy all sucked out, you know? I haven’t been to 145 in about 18 years but besides that this whole last year of my life I’ve been just hanging around 160 pounds, trying to watch my weight after the Rory MacDonald fight. I just wanted to watch my weight for general health for myself and my family, and I just stayed around 160 pounds. So, you know, that’s what I sparred at, I sparred at that weight, at 158 pounds, so, you know, that’s just how it all went down.”
“As far as Mike Dolce goes; I would never hire him again for anything.”
BJ Penn (16-10-2) Has seven knockouts, six submissions and three decision victories. He has been knocked out three and lost by decision seven times. The longtime UFC Fighter has been with the promotion since 2001.
Penn is 1-3-1 in his last five fights. He beat Matt Hughes via knockout at UFC 123 – Rampage vs. Machida on Nov / 20 / 2010, but then we to a draw with Jon Fitch at UFC 127 – Penn vs. Fitch on Feb / 27 / 2011. Penn lost to Nick Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 137 – Penn vs. Diaz on Oct / 29 / 2011 and then lost to Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 5 – Henderson vs. Diaz on Dec / 08 / 2012.
Penn has officially retired after his fight with Edgar.