B.J. Penn says Nick Diaz fight was "probably" his lastPosted on October 29, 2011, 11:08 PM by Joey Santosus
One of the greatest fighters of all time, "The Prodigy" B.J. Penn has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
In what was the 26th fight of his professional career, Penn went head to head with former Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz in the UFC 137 main event.
In nothing short of in all out war, Penn and Diaz exchanged strikes for much of their fifteen-minute clash. Though the Hawaiian appeared to have the edge in the opening-round, Diaz came out for the following two like a madman, pushing the pace and throwing punches in bunches.
In the end, each man stood battered and bloodied as the the judges' final scores were read: 29-28, 29-27 and 29-28 in favor of "The Stockton Bad Boy."
True to form, Penn remained respectful of his opponent while speaking to Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, congratulating Diaz on a job well done, but also revealing that it was likely the last time we would see "The Prodigy" inside of the octagon.
"Hats off to Nick Diaz," he said to Rogan. "He's the man. Joe, this is probably the last time you see me in here. I want to perform at the top level. I've got a daughter. I've got another daughter on the way. I don't want to go home looking like this."
Should this truly be the last time we've seen the battle tested Hawaiian, his gutsy battles will be missed, but remembered for years to come. However, as both a former Welterweight and Lightweight Champion, there is, without a doubt, a place awaiting "The Prodigy" in the UFC Hall of Fame.
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