UFC 137 Results: 5 Fights BJ Penn Should Take Before Officially Retiring

Michael MagoulisCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2011

UFC 137 Results: 5 Fights BJ Penn Should Take Before Officially Retiring

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    While BJ Penn put on an extremely entertaining performance at UFC 137, his loss to Nick Diaz was yet another disappointing outcome for "The Prodigy."

    Penn now has a record of just 1-3-1 in his last five fights,with his sole win coming over Matt Hughes at UFC 123.

    Despite the high level of competition, Penn isn't satisfied with himself and has decided to retire. Still, there are several very entertaining bouts that the Hawaiian should consider before ending his Hall of Fame career.

Gray Maynard

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    Gray Maynard just failed in his second attempt to take the lightweight title from Frankie Edgar, but he's still one of the top lightweights in the world.

    BJ Penn belongs at 155 pounds, where he made his career. At 170, he carries a lot of excess fat and usually has to deal with a severe reach and size disadvantage. This was exploited by both Jon Fitch and Nick Diaz in his last two bouts.

    While Penn may not deserve another shot at Frankie Edgar, he still can serve as a tough test for the division's top fighters.

    Maynard makes for a good matchup because of his great wrestling coupled with his heavy hands, which would be an excellent test for Penn's great chin and ground game.

Martin Kampmann

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    Martin Kampmann may not be at the top of the welterweight division, but he's still one of its most technical strikers and exciting fighters.

    His extremely close and controversial decision losses to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez have many forgetting his relevance in the division.

    Kampmann and Penn both have technically sound striking and solid grappling. The bout would make for an entertaining fight whether it took place on the feet or on the ground.

Jon Fitch

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    When BJ Penn took on Jon Fitch in Sydney, Australia at UFC 127, the outcome was extremely unsatisfying, as it was ruled a majority draw.

    Penn was able to take Fitch's back in the first round and hold his own in the second, but a dominant 10-8 third round for Fitch forced two judges to rule a 28-28 draw. The fact that Penn was able to fight to a draw with one of the most dominant welterweights in the sport shows that his career shouldn't come to an end just yet.

    A second bout with Fitch is certainly a worthy co-main event and makes for another intriguing matchup of two highly skilled fighters.

Ben Henderson

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    Not only does Ben Henderson constantly put on exciting fights, but he has made his mark as one of the top lightweights in the world.

    Undervalued following his stint in the WEC, Henderson has put on back-to-back dominant performances against Mark Bocek and Jim Miller. A bout with BJ Penn would go a long way to determine if he really is prepared for a shot at the title.

Jose Aldo

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    Jose Aldo is currently the UFC Featherweight Champion, but it will be difficult for him to continue to make that weight as he ages. He has entertained the thought of moving up to 155 pounds before, and a fight with BJ Penn would be an excellent reason to do so.

    An immediate title shot may be deserved if Aldo decided to move up to lightweight, but a bout with Penn would be interesting nevertheless.

    Aldo is the featherweight division's most feared striker, but he hasn't dealt with a fighter with Penn's power. He also hasn't dealt with a ground game like Penn's, either. It would be a huge test for Aldo in order for him to prove that he really is one of the pound-for-pound best in the world.