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BJ Penn Retires?: UFC Legend Seemingly Calls It Quits Inside the Cage at UFC 137

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  BJ Penn of the USA looks across the octagon at John Fitch of the USA before the start of their welterweight bout part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2011

On top of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, another name you can add to the list of UFC 137 retiring MMA legends is BJ Penn.

After Nick Diaz beat him down, Penn was interviewed after the fight with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.

"I have a daughter and I don't want to go on looking like this," said Penn on the PPV broadcast to Rogan, his left eye swollen completely shut. "I'm done."

Penn was pushed around all fight and wasn't responding to Diaz's punches even though Diaz was left completely open.

The third round came and Diaz pressed again, and it looked like for the first time in his legendary career Penn would be finished. But the heart of the former champion kept him in it, and he proceeded to get battered around.

After the fight BJ's left eye was just a gigantic purple lump, and now his career seems to be over.

Now, whether he will be retiring for good or whether it was just a heat-of-the-moment decision is yet to be known. Penn is only 32 and could have some more fights left.

If Penn worked on his cardio, he could have had this fight. By the middle of the second round he was done, though. Diaz's body shots had taken their toll on Penn and stole the gas and life out of the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion.

It seems like the UFC and MMA have lost two legends tonight.

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