BJ Penn: I was never the same fighter after having kids


BJ Penn is one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, but is in Winter going 1-4-1, and may have finally called it day.

In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Penn, a special guest of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, covered a variety of topics.

Gulf News: When do we see you back in action? Or have you called it a day?

BJ Penn: I might fight again, I am not actively seeking to fight again but I think I may. I fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for 13 years; the UFC does not want to see me get hurt I think… so maybe I fight again or maybe not.

GN: You mentioned getting hurt. How does your family react when they sometimes have to see bloodied faces?

BJP: I would be the first to say that I was never the same fighter after I had kids, after I had my two daughters, I would say that. It’s true. But regarding the injuries and blood…it took my mother a long time to be able to bear and watch it.

But If I get injured I don’t like to go home, because I don’t want to my kids to see me hurt because they are going to get scared. In fact, it is all these things that makes me wonder if I have to step away

GN: This is the fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship here. How much of an impact has it had on the world of martial arts?

BJP: Maybe if this professional event was here 13 years ago, I wouldn’t have fought Mixed Martial Arts but I would have done this to pay the bills.

This is very big, this is going to have a lot of ramifications in the future. It is going to steal a lot of MMA talent because they are going to say, ‘I don’t have to go get punched in my face. I can do what I love and still pay my bills.’

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spliffmood site profile image  

5/31/13 5:17 PM by spliffmood

I guess winning two UFC titles and black belt worlds aren't enough for some of you keyboard badasses

MasterofMartialArts site profile image  

5/31/13 11:38 AM by MasterofMartialArts

Voted down for faggotry.

ausgepicht site profile image  

5/31/13 11:29 AM by ausgepicht

BJ was never the same after he surrounded himself with yes men and the sport's stupidest fans. He's a pioneer, one of the greats, and a hall-of-famer, yet he would have eclipsed even that without those two ball and chains.

Barbalos site profile image  

5/31/13 10:48 AM by Barbalos

I feel like I've watched BJ grow up over the years. He used to be so immature. He's a good guy really, I hope he is happy whatever he decides to do. I think he should retire, but I will still cheer for him if he fights.

morse site profile image  

5/31/13 10:45 AM by morse

+1 Vote Down

john_d1974 site profile image  

5/31/13 10:33 AM by john_d1974

stop using your kids as an excuse for you sad pathetic loses, if anything your kids should inspire you to win for their future, you sad man.

RJJH site profile image  

5/31/13 9:07 AM by RJJH

WAR BJ PENN!! one of my top 3 all time favorites

Malvert the Janitor site profile image  

5/31/13 8:36 AM by Malvert the Janitor

Heartfelt agreement!

cripplersc site profile image  

5/31/13 3:18 AM by cripplersc

Having kids really does change things up. Especially girls. For some reason a baby girl will make you not care about anything but being there for them. He has nothing left to prove. Unless he's going down to 155 he should retire. Would be nice if he went out on a W though