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Jul 6, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; B.J. Penn reacts after losing a featherweight bout to Frankie Edgar (not pictured) at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

BJ Penn retires following TUF 19 Finale loss

Following Sunday night’s UFC event in Las Vegas, which brought an end to International Fight Week, mixed martial arts legend BJ Penn announced his retirement. Penn lost to Frankie Edgar for the third time in his career, and made the announcement during his post-fight interview.

UFC president Dana White had previously said Penn should retire if he lost at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, and Penn agreed after being dominated for three rounds before being TKO’d.

It was the first time that Penn was stopped inside of the Octagon since his corner threw in the towel against Georges St-Pierre back in 2009.

The Mandalay Bay Events Center was a very pro-BJ Penn crowd, and they continued to show their support even after the nasty beating that Penn was on the receiving end of.

For Frankie Edgar, the next goal will be to continue building off of his win over Penn and working his way back up the ladder at 145-pounds for an eventual title shot.

Meanwhile, Penn will hang up his gloves but always be one of the most loved and respected mixed martial artists to have ever lived.

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