With 2011 being a prominent year for MMA retirements, there are some valuable lessons to learn from the various fighter's exits.
The Chris Lytle story was an incredible, well deserved ending to a solid, blue collar career, but it also created envy among the likes of Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Mirko Cro Cop and possibly even Matt Hughes.
Lytle deserved the storybook ending he got to his career, but these four men were equally deserving.
While I am not endorsing staged or set-up retirement fights, surely Penn can somewhat shape his fate, ending to the best of his ability without compromising his integrity too much.
Couture deserved better than going out with his tooth flying, Hughes deserves better than a Koscheck pounding and Liddell deserved better than his loss to Rich Franklin.
Penn's best chance for a decent send-off is at 155 pounds. Just sayin'.