Conor McGregor defends B.J. Penn after UFC 237 loss: 'Soldier on soldier!'

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Conor McGregor sees no reason for B.J. Penn to give up on fighting despite suffering a record-setting defeat at UFC 237.

Penn (16-14-2 MMA, 12-13-2 UFC) was outworked to a unanimous decision by Clay Guida (35-18 MMA, 15-12 UFC) in a lightweight bout on Saturday night at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It was Penn’s seventh consecutive octagon loss, setting a new record for the longest skid in UFC history.

Calls for Penn’s retirement have come through the MMA community for several years. He continues to fight at age 40, though, and gave no inclinations prior to UFC 237 that this would be his last fight.

If Penn wants to keep going, McGregor appears to be on his side. “The Notorious” responded to a Dillon Danis tweet calling for Penn to retire and encouraged the UFC Hall of Famer to keep fighting.

McGregor later deleted the tweet, though you can see it in the screen grab below:

He has got nothing to lose either. Soldier on soldier!
Zero concussive KOs on record. Some repetitive blows yes. But zero lights out.

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