Penn will forever be remembered as one of the sport's greatest fighters. To date, Penn is just one of two men that held a title in two divisions who also carved out one of the most dominant lightweight careers the UFC has ever seen. However hard times had befallen "The Prodigy" as of late.
Penn has gone 1-3-1 over five fights which also included his UFC lightweight championship dethroning at the hands of Frankie Edgar. His last bout was against Nick Diaz at UFC 137 where he suffered a brutal unanimous decision defeat and hinted of retirement shortly after the fight. Now months removed from the fight game, there is no telling when and if Penn would fight again.
"I'm enjoying my time away from the sport. That's where I am right now. I'm living a regular life instead of living the roller coaster. I haven't (lived a normal life) in 15 years. I'm trying to find myself a little bit, not as a fighter trying to come back to the sport, but just as a person," Penn said.
UFC president, Dana White, voiced his interest in hosting a UFC event at the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, with Penn spearheading the card. With Penn's current state of mind, it's unlikely that such a main event will come to fruition in the near future.
"I'm heartbroken with the way some of the fights went. The way my UFC 94 fight (against Georges St. Pierre) and my fights with Frankie Edgar went, I'm heartbroken about those fights. I feel I could have made better choices but I don't feel a major urge that I've got to go fix that right now," Penn said.
Penn will be turning 34 this year and if he still intends to fix the losses he had suffer, time will not be on his side.