BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald: What's Next for BJ Penn

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAChief Writer IVMarch 31, 2017

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  BJ Penn of the USA walks into the arena before the start of his welterweight bout agains John Fitch of the USA as part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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BJ Penn got dominated against Rory MacDonald. There is no disputing that.

If there is one thing I know other than 1+1=2, it is that BJ Penn should be in the lightweight division. He was at a great weight disadvantage against MacDonald.

He is still a top guy, but it is obvious that he needs to stick at 155. Penn cannot handle guys at 170 lbs., despite the fact that he is a former welterweight champion.

BJ Penn should not retire. Let me throw that out there immediately. 

Penn has "retired" at least twice in his career and it was stupid. However, sticking around at welterweight is the opposite of a good idea.

In fact, I think that Penn can make a solid run at lightweight if given the opportunity.

I get it. Cutting weight sucks. However, it is the best weight class for Penn because he is way undersized at 170 lbs.

I would love to see Penn bang with anyone from 155. It really doesn't matter who it is, as long as they make a fight out of it. 

As I said, retirement shouldn't be an option. Penn is still skilled enough to be a player in the lightweight division. 

He won't be an immediate contender, but does it matter. The "box office" value that Penn draws is amazing. His fans won't allow him to sink into obscurity. 

Anybody in the top-10 is definitely a fight I would like to see Penn take. Sure, he is past his prime, but he always puts on an entertaining scrap.

For a guy that is probably currently the best lightweight of all time, Penn is still a draw. Let him keep fighting!