B.J. Penn discusses retirement, says Nick Diaz must "break" GSP to winPosted on November 8, 2011, 12:58 PM by Joey Santosus
Former UFC Champion B.J. Penn, who announced his retirement from the sport following his loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137, discusses his post-fight remarks and shares his thoughts on the upcoming Welterweight title clash between Diaz and Georges St. Pierre. Penn doesn't rule out a future return, but says he "definitely needs some time away." Photo: Scott Hirano
"I kind of think this is something that I should have did after the first Frankie Edgar fight. A bunch of my coaches pleaded with me to step away from the sport, take some time off. I was just kind of in the mix, I kept going, kept going, trying to push myself. I don’t really like the results I’ve been getting. I'll just take some time off, take some time away from the sport. If I ever feel it again, I’ll come back. If it interests me, if it excites me. I don’t want to be sitting in the locker room saying,'I can’t believe I’m still doing this.' If it excites me, we'll see how everything goes, but I definitely need some time away."
On GSP vs. Diaz
"I'm the worst with predictions, but I think it's going to be very, very tough for Nick Diaz to defend Georges St. Pierre's takedowns. If Georges St. Pierre wants to turn this into a takedown type fight, I think he's definitely going to have an advantage. ... That's a tough call for Nick Diaz, because Georges St. Pierre's wrestling is his strongest thing and Nick Diaz's wrestling is probably his weakest thing. But, jiu-jitsu and boxing is Nick Diaz's best. Anything can happen though, you never know what's going to happen, people get broken mentally in fights, people break. If Nick Diaz can make GSP break somehow, the fight is his. Other than that, it's going to be a long night."