BJ Penn and 7 Fighters We Were Sad to See Retire from MMA

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BJ Penn and 7 Fighters We Were Sad to See Retire from MMA

In the short history of mixed martial arts, there are only a few fighters who can actually be classified as legends. BJ Penn, without question, is one of them.

A former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, Penn is one of only two fighters in the company’s history who has held titles in multiple weight classes. This amazing feat helps spotlight the incredible versatility and longevity that “The Prodigy” has displayed during his time in the sport.

Unfortunately for fans, in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan after his disappointing loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 138, Penn strongly indicated that it might be the last time we see him compete in the cage. We have seen Penn make vague references to retirement before, but it never felt anything like this.

The emotion poured through the television screen as the dejected former champion shook Rogan’s hand, who praised him and thanked him for his accomplishments. If his retirement does stick, as many believe it will, it will be the latest in a string of sad retirements in this sport, still in its teenage years.

Penn’s retirement is the latest, but these seven MMA legends also had also had heart-wrenching retirements for themselves and their fans.

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