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Frankie Edgar Says BJ Penn is a “Shell of Himself”, Hopes Legend Retires

Kelsey Mowatt

Frankie Edgar

A lot of folks believe BJ Penn should hang up the gloves, for good, following his one sided loss to Yair Rodriguez, and the man he faced three times in the Octagon, is one of them.

Penn returned to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 103 last weekend, which marked the first time the 38 year-old legend had fought, since Frankie Edgar stopped him in 2014. Rodriguez picked Penn apart with kicks at UFC FN 103, and finished the former lightweight and welterweight champ in round two.

Since the bout, we haven’t heard much from Penn, in terms of whether he’ll fight again. Leading up to UFC FN 103, however, Penn talked about making a title run at 145.

Recently TMZ Sports caught up with Edgar, who holds three wins over the Hawaiian star. When asked to weigh-in on Penn’s future, Edgar said this (quote via Bloody Elbow):

“It’s never my place to tell someone to retire, that’s something you have to want to do,” said Edgar. “Personally, I’d like to see BJ retire. That’s not the BJ we all fell in love with. His fighting style, the type of person he is and how he just brings it — you can tell he was kind of just a shell of himself. Father time is undefeated and that’s just what it is.”

“The warrior is still there, his spirit is still there, it’s just his body wasn’t responding and he wasn’t doing the things he usually does. He’s probably lost a little step in his speed and you know BJ was one of the fastest out there…”

Penn certainly seemed hesitant against the rising featherweight, and was never in the fight. It will be interesting to see if Penn does decide to fight one more time, if the UFC will go for it. If they don’t, would they release the legend? And allow him to possibly fight for organizations like Bellator?

Edgar, meanwhile, is coming off a decision win over Jeremy Stephens in November.

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