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BJ Penn insists: I'm staying retired

ESPN staff
April 15, 2012
BJ Penn is enjoying his retirement © Getty Images

BJ Penn appeared to confirm the end of his MMA career on Saturday, revealing he cannot see one challenge that could tempt him out of retirement.

Penn, one of only two men to win a UFC title in separate divisions, hung up his mitts after defeat to Nick Diaz. However, he has since been quoted as saying that he would return if he began to feel the fire once again.

The Hawaiian has been linked to fights with Gilbert Melendez and new UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson, but the Prodigy appears to be very happy to stay outside of the Octagon.

"I haven't made any plans to come back and fight again," Penn said on Fuel TV. "Dana White has called me a few times, but I'm staying retired.

"I'm opening the UFC BJ Penn Gym in Oahu. I'm still training and teaching in my gym.

"I can't see the scenario that would get me to come back. I'm going to sit back and watch all the other guys kick butt in the Octagon."

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