With last nights lopsided loss, B.J. Penn now makes official and final his retirement from MMA. It was hard to watch the two division title holder get his tail kicked in such a one sided fashion no matter if you are new or have been around the MMA scene for a long time.
It’s been a painful season for old school MMA fans as of late. Since 2010 we’ve seen the retirement of Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Fedor Emelianenko, Chuck Liddell, Georges St. Pierre, Chris Leben, Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonner, and now B.J. Penn. If that’s not bad enough, legends Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua, Dan Henderson, the Noguiera Brothers, and Quinton Jackson are all either about to retire, or are pathetic shells of their former selves that NEED to retire from the sport.
It’s that old road that never ends friends, in that MMA is truly a young man’s game, and we that have been watching since 1993, are no longer young. Chris Weidman, Jon Jones, Cain Valesquez, and Rhonda Rousey, these are the rulers of today and they barely garner half the attention that the former legends garnered just a few years ago. Pay-per-view numbers for UFC event’s are reverting back to the pre-Chuck Liddell championship years, and pre-Brock Lesnar years. Right now the biggest stars to date are Jon Jones, and Rhonda Rousey, neither of them able to crack the 500,000 pay-per-view buy-rate on their own. Without legends like Pierre, A. Silva, and even loudmouth huckster Chael Sonnen on board, it’s looking bleak and grim for MMA this year.
These are just one fan’s opinions and thoughts on his favorite sport right now. I guess I feel empty with the dropping of Penn from the roster. My favorite fighters are all going away, and while the new champs are dominant, they are missing the spark of the old guard that makes a guy want to drop $60 on a fight card. Anyone else out there share the sentiments, or are you guys and gals all on board for the next generation? Sound off.