Penn, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, is on a seven-fight losing streak having not won since November 2010
A video has been released allegedly showing UFC legend B.J. Penn involved in an altercation with a bouncer outside a nightclub in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In footage recorded by American news site TMZ, a shirtless and shoeless Penn is seen on top of the bouncer at the CLub Femme Nu.
The former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, real name Jay Dee Penn, was reportedly asked to leave the club due to drunken behaviour.
Bystanders can be heard saying ‘stop BJ, stop’, as they try to intervene in the brawl between the two men. TMZ also report that by the time police arrived, Penn had already left the premises.
The 40-year-old lost his seventh consecutive bout, via unanimous decision to Clay Guida at UFC 237 in May and has not won in the Octagon since November 2010, when he beat Matt Hughes.
“I want BJ to retire,” UFC president Dana White said.”I love BJ Penn. BJ Penn is one of the legends of the sport. This is a young man’s game. I gave him a lot of opportunities because he’s BJ and because of the relationship that I’ve had with BJ his entire career and before that.
“But I can’t do that again. I can’t do it again.”
In 2004, the natural lightweight moved up a division to welterweight and submitted Matt Hughes to win the belt, ending Hughes’ 13-fight win streak. However, when Penn dropped down to lightweight, he produced some of the greatest performances of the 155lbs weight class.
In 2008, he defeated Joe Stevenson for the vacant UFC lightweight title and held the belt for two years. It was only a matter of time before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, which he was in 2015.
Speaking three years prior, White said: “The thing about B.J. Penn is that what he brought to the lightweight division, there was a point in time when we first bought this company [in 2001] when people thought guys in the lighter weight divisions couldn’t be stars and couldn’t see pay-per-views and couldn’t cross over. B.J. Penn was definitely that first crossover guy for us.”