TUF 19 Finale: Dana White Weighs in on BJ Penn Retiring, Says Aldo-Mendes II Still in the Works
By FCF Staff
Following his third loss to Frankie Edgar, BJ Penn is calling it quits on his storied career, and UFC President Dana White appears to agree with the decision.
White has relayed in the past that he thought Penn should retire, however, when the latter expressed an interest in moving to 145 and facing Edgar, the promotion agreed. Following Penn’s stoppage loss last night at the TUF 19 Finale, here is what White told FOX Sports 1, when asked if he had wanted Penn to return:
“I didn’t want to see him fight tonight, but he wanted it, and I respect him. He’s got it all, he’s one of two guys who have two belts in two weight classes. He’s fought in all the big fights, he’s made a lot of money, he’s got a beautiful wife and family. He’s got his own gym, what more do you want?”
With the win, Edgar has now won two straight since he was defeated by featherweight champ Jose Aldo last February. The latter recently withdrew from his August 2nd bout with Chad Mendes due to injury, but White is reporting the champ could be set to return soon.
“Frankie is the number three ranked fighter in the division,” said White. “This was a great tune up fight for him. People want to see him fight Chad Mendes now that Aldo is sidelined. But Aldo is sidelined for 45 days, so he can still fight Mendes.”
The TUF 19 Finale was hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.