B.J. Penn Goes After Nick Diaz on Twitter, Eyeing Return to Cage

The last we heard of B.J. Penn came after his October loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137. Penn was beaten badly in the fight and said afterwards that he was probably retiring. Now that he’s had some time off, he seems to have changed his mind.

Penn uncharacteristically called out Nick Diaz over Twitter Thursday.

“Look how much bigger you are in this pic..” he tweeted at Diaz (picture seen above). “I thought you were gonna scrap from the beginning homie? What was that coward fence holding strategy to tire out the smaller man? Street fighter my ass! I made you fight like glass jaw @jonfitchdotnet poser! I’ll be ready for that weak bs next time we fight!”

Penn’s Twitter account is also linked to the people that run his website, but they confirmed the tweet came from B.J.

“BJ wrote it and he was fired up and not just an off-beat bad day type of fired up, it’s that old fire that we haven’t seen in a while and it appears to be back,” they say.

It’s not too much of a surprise to hear he has the fire again. No fighter is happy about his career prospects after getting his face smashed. But we’ve learned that after you give them some time to recover, they often reverse their decision to retire.

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B.J. Penn Loses, Says He’s Probably Retiring to Avoid Being Beat Up

B.J. Penn lost to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in Las Vegas Saturday night and said afterwards he was probably done fighting.

“This is probably the last time you’re ever going to see me in [the octagon],” a beat up Penn said. “I want to perform at the top level.

“I got a daughter, I’ve got another daughter on the way … I don’t want to go home looking like this.”

Penn was bloodied and bruised more than ever. His left eye and surrounding area was discolored and swollen, and he was bleeding around his nose and the rest of his face.

But we’ve learned not to take fighters for their word after they lose. They’re generally beat up, feeling like crap, and discouraged. They’re also disappointed to see their hard work go for nothing. Once they begin to recover, the inspiration comes back and they often want to return to fighting.

Penn is only 32 years old so it would be a big surprise if he retired. However, he’s now 1-3-1 since 2010, and maybe he’s not performing at the top level the way he used to. Before he makes a decision, he should note that this was a difficult matchup; he was facing a taller man who had a six-inch reach advantage. That was one of the big differences in the fight.

B.J. Penn Shows Off the Prodigy Skills in Win Over Matt Hughes

After losing his last two fights to Frankie Edgar, B.J. Penn got back in the winning business Saturday night at UFC 123. Penn beat the crap out of Matt Hughes, knocking the 37-year-old Hall of Famer out in 21 seconds. The KO win earned Penn the UFC 123 knockout of the night bonus and it was extremely well deserved.

Penn connected with a right-left combination shortly after touching gloves, then followed with a left to the face. He caught a kick by Hughes and hit Matt in the face. Seconds after the UFC graphic was telling home viewers which fighter was which (Penn in the black shorts, Hughes the chump in the camo), Penn moved in on Hughes and dropped the veteran. B.J. quickly pounced, jumping on Hughes with several punches to the face before the fight was stopped. It was the second-fastest knockout of Penn’s career.

B.J. is an enigmatic fighter because he can look as brilliant as he did, finishing Matt Hughes in 21 seconds, but he can go a full fight without doing much damage against a guy like Frankie Edgar. He completes the trilogy with Hughes going 2-1 against Matt and is now set for a matchup with Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in Australia.

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Frankie Edgar Dominates Disappointing B.J. Penn

The calls were heard loud and clear prior to the rematch between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn at UFC 118: Edgar got a friendly decision from the judges in their last fight and would not be so lucky this time around. We couldn’t have been more wrong.

Edgar came out of the gates in round one setting the same frenetic pace he established in the prior meeting between the men. While Penn appeared unmotivated and listless, Edgar recorded two takedowns in an impressive first round. More content to stand in the Octagon and box, Penn lacked any sort of aggression and strictly reacted to whatever Frankie did to him. B.J. was so inactive it appeared as if his gameplan was to let Edgar tire himself out in the first few rounds and then to finally try and take advantage later in the fight.

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