By PJ Chou
“This is the end.” —- Those were the words of a somber BJ Penn after getting dominated by a prime Frankie Edgar last night. After the fight, many questioned why he came back; hell, even BJ himself questioned out loud why he came back for this fight after losing to Rory MacDonald. Based on the post-fight press conference, I think BJ needed to see for himself if he could beat an elite fighter that was closer to his size after losing to a much bigger and taller Nick Diaz and Rory Mac.
Well last night we all got the answer…literally, “The Answer” Frankie Edgar. Proud Jersey boy, Frankie Edgar, destroyed BJ Penn with his typical ‘stick-and-move’ style and finished “the Prodigy” with brutal ground-and-pound in the 3rd round. The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has officially lost one of its last living legends in BJ Penn. The days of an invincible Chuck Lidell, Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Hughes, and BJ Penn are long behind us. MMA is now truly a sport and only the young and highly-conditioned athletes can survive in this sport. I guarantee you will never see a fighter like Kashuzki Sakuraba smoking a cigarette and having a beer during a fight.
It’s no secret that my favorite fighter of all-time is BJ Penn, and this blog was created partially due to my love for Mr.Penn (check the website logo). But BJ transcends much more than MMA, he represents the regular guy who loves eating burritos but could possibly know martial arts and whoop your ass. He’s the short, chubby asian dude who gets picked on by the jock and proceeds to choke the jock out.
Well Father Time has caught up with him, just like it catches up with every legend of any sport. Last night was hard to watch, and deep down most BJ Penn fans knew it was coming. It still hurt though. I’m glad BJ went out on his shield and retired on his own terms. The Hawaiian Icon will continue to symbolize something bigger than fighting though. Hats off the greatest lightweight fighter of all time, and keep living that Aloha life bro. Enjoy retirement and your beautiful family!