Hawaii's most iconic mixed martial artist, BJ Penn, entered the octagon Sunday night in Las Vegas after an 18-month layoff.
Penn's return was a trilogy fight against Frankie Edgar.
Fighting for the first time at the featherweight 145-pound weight limit, Penn was no match for Edgar losing by a TKO.
"Baby J", the 808's most decorated UFC fighters, was fighting in his fifth different weight class.
The 35-year-old was taken down in all three rounds before referee Herb Dean stopped the fight 4 minutes and 16 seconds into Round 3 after Penn was getting pummeled.
Hawaii may have seen the final fight of Penn's legendary career.
He said right after the bout that he shouldn't have stepped back into the ring. He had unfinished business and he wanted to find out if he could still compete.
Penn lost twice to Edgar coming into Sunday's fight. He said he wanted to erase that with a comeback story.
As usual, Penn came out to a roaring crowd, all on their feet, with Bruddah Iz's "Hawaii '78" echoing throughout Mandalay Bay.
Penn got in the ring surprising a lot of people with his technique standing straight up on his toes boxing with Edgar. He created distance between him and Edgar and stayed on his back after getting taken down.
But, Penn took too much damage from Edgar's punches and elbows, which led to the stoppage in the third round.
Penn seemed disappointed in his performance, but, most of all, it looked as if he came to realizing the answer he was searching for.
"The biggest regret would be if I didn't get in the ring tonight because I'd always wonder and I'd always kick myself in the butt and I'd always complain to Dana [White] and complain to everybody like, man, I coulda did it again," said Penn. "But, now I know for sure that I can't."
Penn said his professional career is over. In the post-fight press conference, he put his head down to hide tears after being asked to reminisce about his accomplishments. The press room then gave him a standing ovation..
Earlier, the crowd at Mandalay Bay were on their feet as well clapping once more following the match as Penn left the ring.
It was a final show of aloha for Hawaii's very own.