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B.J. Penn to Officially Retire?

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Former UFC champion BJ Penn came out of retirement to try and exact some revenge on the Tristar Gym at UFC On Fox: Henderson Vs. Diaz. Instead, Penn was picked apart by Rory MacDonald, falling to the young prospect via decision.

UFC president Dana White told the post-fight show on Fuel TV that he hopes there is just one step next for "The Prodigy."

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"BJ will probably retire," White said. "I wouldn't mind seeing that. Rory looked better than he's ever looked. You don't see body punches like that. BJ is a warrior who doesn't give up. I've got so much respect for him. I'd like to see him retire."

Penn (16-9-2) has not won since a knockout victory over Matt Hughes in 2010. He fought Jon Fitch to a draw, and was defeated by Nick Diaz late in 2011. Following the Diaz loss, Penn announced his retirement.

However, the prospect of earning a win over a member of the Tristar Gym - the same home as UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre - prompted Penn to return to training. He lost two matches to GSP previously during his career.

Penn was sent directly to a hospital following the fight and not made available for comment.

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