UFC Hall-of-Famer #BJPenn did not have a good showing in his comeback bout against Yair Rodriguez last weekend. To call the MMA legend's performance disappointing would be like calling the BP oil spill (or a more recent man-made disaster, I don't read the news) "a slip up," and left many of us — Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub included — feeling a little sick to our stomachs for having witnessed it.
Still, the loss doesn't seem to have affected "The Prodigy" in the slightest, as his coach Jason Parillo recently revealed in an interview with Submission Radio. Despite throwing his support behind the idea of Penn retiring for good this time, Parillo detailed the disheartening reality of Penn's situation with the UFC.
So it seems that Penn will be making good (or at least attempting to) on his promise to scrap his way to a title fight with Jose Aldo after all, regardless of how many fights he loses in a row in the division over which Aldo holds dominion. It's sadly a scenario that we've seen play out all too many times in the world of combat sports, and one that Jon Fitch, Chael Sonnen, and Rashad Evans all tried to offer some perspective on while dissecting Penn's loss on The MMA Hour earlier this week.
So with the question of whether or not UFC Phoenix was Penn's final retirement fight now answered, the burden now falls on whether or not the UFC will continue to indulge Penn in his (perhaps too) lofty aspirations.