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Ariel Helwani And John Kavanagh Lament The Brutal End Of BJ Penn’s Latest Comeback

UFC Fight Night 103 bore witness to the latest, and possibly final, comeback of UFC Hall of Fame alum BJ Penn. Following his brutal demise at the hands of rising star Yair Rodriguez, permanent retirement may now beckon.

It was supposed to be the triumphant return of the ‘The Prodigy’. Fans had waited a year for this. Since announcing his intention to return last January, Penn was originally scheduled to face a previous victim of Conor McGregor in Dennis Siver.

However an injury to Siver and Penn’s suspension due to the use of a medically administered IV saw his return at UFC 199 come to nothing. His rescheduled clash with Ricardo Lamas in October also failed to materialise as the veteran pulled out citing injury.

Both Siver and Lamas would have presented Penn with the opportunity to return to the octagon on an under card against a solid opponent. Instead, Sunday’s clash with Rodriguez in the headline event at Fight Night 103, saw Penn facing an opponent who has true championship credentials.

UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez v Penn

While fans hoped the 38-year-old legend’s experience could see him through, it was the 24-year-old Mexican that swept to victory with a second round TKO.

The loss for Penn saw MMA Fighting and go-to MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, along with SBG patriarch and coach to Conor McGregor, John Kavanagh, take to social media to express their dismay at how Penn’s ill-fated comeback transpired.

Helwani captured Penn’s return perfectly.

Ever one to shun the pomp and ceremony that surrounds the UFC’s big names, Kavanagh gave it to us in brutally honest fashion.

Rodriguez’s emphatic victory over Penn now sends his star on a steep trajectory within the world of MMA and promotes him up the somewhat thin ranks within the featherweight division. Another couple of successes and the Mexican could very well challenge for some featherweight gold.

As for ‘The Prodigy’, permanent retirement now beckons. The dream of a third division title is in ruins and given the comprehensiveness of his defeat, it is clear the sport has moved on in his absence.

Now, so too must he.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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