UFC 232: B.J. Penn Time To Stop
The circus and the controversy surrounding UFC 232 and specifically Jon Jones has left many things around the PPV going largely unreported. The latest appearance of the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn is one. Now 40, Penn tries again this weekend against the former Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Hall.
Penn hasn’t won a fight since he beat Matt Hughes in 2010 and is on a 5 fight skid but somehow is still in the UFC. Penn was once one of the finest MMA fighters on the planet, but those days are a generation ago and like many just can’t let it go and accept his time has passed.
Yair Rodriguez was fed Penn in 2017 and was one of the most uncomfortable fights you could ever watch. It was a brutal and unsettling one-sided battering. Penn should have retired or been retired on the spot, if not several years before. The fact that the UFC still allows Penn to fight is a mystery, especially when it had no interest in the recent Tito Ortiz Chuck Liddell debacle.
Penn still has the name but nothing else remains of the once fabulous fighter. Whatever Penn does against Hall, I hope that will be the end and reality hits home to all parties. Penn was some fighter in his day, but that day has long since gone.