UFC 94 was meant to be B.J. Penn’s final Octagon appearance

We here at PRO MMA (http://promma.info) have been following closely and sharing with our readers the signs that looked as if B.J. Penn was ready to throw in the proverbial MMA towel. In this new interview following Penn’s devastatingly one-sided loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94, the UFC Lightweight Champion admits the GSP … Read more

Will B.J. Penn quit the UFC?

Prior to the UFC 94 Welterweight Title fight, B.J. Penn had quite a few harsh words to say about his opponent, Georges St. Pierre. Among other things, B.J. called him “a quitter” and “a frontrunner.”

Following their main event fight on January 31st that was stopped after round four by B.J.’s corner, UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre spoke to MMA Live about the irony of the situation.  St. Pierre stated, “It’s called reflexology. He was saying things about me but he was really talking about himself. Those things he said about me are really characteristics that he sees inside himself.”

Host Kenny Florian said, “He called you a quitter, but he was the one who quit tonight.” Frank Mir who was also on the MMA Live panel said, “He was projecting onto you those things.”

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Is B.J. Penn close to retirement?

We know the ambition of “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn (13-4-1). The UFC Lightweight Champion has moved up to the 170 lbs. limit to fight the UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre this coming Saturday. Let’s just say hypothetically B.J. wins the UFC Welterweight Title, he would then hold two UFC belts in two different weight classes at the same time. It has never been done before in MMA.

If B.J. Penn were to achieve that, what would be left for him? He has said in previous interviews that he would go back down to lightweight and defend that title. Would he then come back up to welterweight and try to keep putting on and cutting weight indefinitely? That seems unlikely.

In a recent interview in Men’s Lifestyle Penn hints at the fact he may be closer to retirement than many of us would like to think:

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Cro Cop to retire in 2009?

Days removed from his victory over Hong Man Choi at K-1 Fields Dynamite!!, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced his outlook for 2009 and retirement appears to be in this plans.

In a recent interview with a Croatian newspaper, the PRIDE FC and UFC veteran mentioned he would like to fight one more time in the UFC.

“I believe that during 2009 I will fight three more times for Dream, then I hope for a farewell fight in the UFC.”

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Jason “Mayhem” Miller retires?

Say it isn’t so! One website at least is reporting that wild and crazy guy known throughout the world of MMA as Jason “Mayhem” Miller is retiring.

We have no idea how credible this is but TheGarv.com put it like this:

Jason “Mayhem” Miller has ended his fighting career. Win or lose, Mayhem was always a very exciting fighter and his sense of humor is one of the best in MMA. The guy is hilarious. Confirming his retirement, Miller said: “I made enough money, I don’t need to fight anymore.” The good news is that Miller will still be covering the sport of MMA.

At only 28 years of age, it definitely seems early for Miller to retire and it’s fairly doubtful he made enough money from fighting to retire at this stage of his career.  This announcement certainly comes out of left field and makes little sense.  Knowing the type of mayhem Miller likes to cause, this could very well be a practical joke or at the very least more of a break than a retirement. 

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Anderson Silva will retire in 2009

by: Jack Bratcher

We’ve heard all the rumors and the so-called “mistranslations” but it doesn’t seem to get any more clear than this new interview with Anderson Silva where he says he will retire once his current contract with the UFC is up.  He has six fights on his contract until June of 2009.  Silva says, “everything has it’s time and I believe my time is already over.”

When asked if it had anything to do with the salary he makes from the UFC he assures us it has nothing to do with that and that he has never fought for the money.  The reporter tells Silva that he is sad to hear this and Silva tells him not to be sad because he will be sitting at the side of the Octagon with a fat belly eating popcorn cheering on the fighters.

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Don Frye – An American Bad Ass

by: Cory Brady

Don “The Predator” Frye is among the last of a dying breed. A real all-American bad ass. Believe it or not, Don actually ended up fighting for nothing but the love of fighting in his first bout, when the fighters pay fell through at the last minute. Don could have just turned around and went back to where he had come from, but he stepped up to the plate and the rest is MMA history. Don has fought all over the world in every elite fighting organization including UFC, Pride FC, K-1, Deep, King of the Cage, and more.  The man is nothing short of a living legend in MMA.

As we began our conversation Don started talking about possible retirement and I wanted nothing more than to change the subject. After the countless MMA memories Don has provided for all of us, I could not fathom this man they call The Predator really stepping away for good. Don will be one of those guys that people will miss more when he’s gone, unfortunately. If Don does decide to hang up his 5 oz. MMA gloves for good, we at Pro MMA would like to thank him on behalf of countless fans for all of the timeless memories this extraordinary athlete has provided for us. Thank you Don.

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NEW UFC REALITY SHOW TO FEATURE MATT HUGHES

by: Jack Bratcher It seems that the UFC has a new reality show in the works and rumored to be heavily involved is Matt Hughes.   The details of the show are not known.  Here’s the only info we have at the moment and it comes from Dave Meltzer via The Wrestling Observer: “UFC is going to … Read more

THE LESSON FRANK TRIGG CAN TEACH MATT HUGHES

by: Jack Bratcher Matt Hughes was one of the main reasons I got interested in MMA again after the “lean years.” He was dominating everyone in the welterweight division and it wasn’t hard to appreciate his skill level and the often brutal way he would finish fights from the big slams to the vicious ground … Read more