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Is this the end of BJ Penn?

Before the BJ Penn / GSP fight went down, questions were swirling over what BJ was gonna do if he won the welterweight belt. Would he try to defend both? Give up the lightweight belt? Or would he take both belts and simply retire? The last one seemed like a longshot, but an article from Josh Gross says that it was something BJ seriously considered … and now he’s considering calling it quits anyways:

Should Penn decide to move forward and attack the integrity of St. Pierre and his camp, chances are the Hawaiian will want to fight again. That, surprisingly, is not an automatic. Though the answer seems obvious considering Penn, who is only 30, appears perfectly capable of carving himself a meaningful legacy at 155, no one close to “The Prodigy” knows for certain if he’ll return.

“Before we got to Vegas we were talking,” Penn’s chief trainer, Rudy Valentino, said Sunday evening after returning to Hilo. With a win over St. Pierre “he wanted this to be his last fight.”

Saturday morning Penn woke to a sun-drenched Sin City with plenty on his mind. Half a day away from vying to become the first mixed martial artist to hold two belts in the UFC at the same time, Penn “had come to a realization,” his longtime trainer and mentor recalled.

“If I win, I win. That’s the destiny of this fight,” Penn told Valentino. “If I lose, it’s because G.S.P. is the better man.”

Who knows what BJ will do next, but it’s impossible not to see that the 30 year old Hawaiian is at a major career crossroads. Does he stay up at 170 for the challenge and a longshot chance at a third run for the belt? Or does he go back to the lightweight division and take fights he’s obviously not hyped about?