BJ Penn Plans To Continue Fighting After Ryan Hall Match At UFC 232!
BJ Penn (16-12-2 MMA, 11-11-2 UFC) is a UFC Hall of Famer and the former two-division champion. He is a fighter who simply never gives up. “Prodigy” hasn’t won since UFC 123 on November 20, 2010, when he put Matt Hughes to sleep via the excellent right cross. Penn landed few more strikes on the ground to secure a victory.
Yet, since then, BJ Penn made a score of one draw and five losses. He lost to Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Frankie Edgar, Yair Rodriguez, and Dennis Siver. His last match without a loss happened on February 27, 2011, when Penn earned a draw versus Jon Fitch after three outstanding rounds.
BJ Penn didn’t win for eight years. Yet, the 39-year-old fighter plans to finalize the new UFC four-fight contract! He is in Brazil at the moment. (h/t bloodyelbow.com)
“I’m just in the process of finalizing a new four-fight contract with the UFC. Everything is going good. I am down here in Brazil. Andre Pederneiras is running the camp. Leo Santos is doing the jiu-jitsu, and Johnny Eduardo is helping me with my striking.”
BJ Penn believes he’s ready to parry Hall’s jiu-jitsu skills on the ground.
“I think people call Ryan Hall an awkward fighter because he goes upside down and does all the jiu-jitsu stuff and people are sort of afraid because they don’t understand what is going on. But, to me it doesn’t look awkward. It’s just a guy trying to do jiu-jitsu on the ground and I’m ready for that of course.”
BJ Penn was the first man who won the BJJ World Championship. BJ even has a feel he could win another MMA belt!!!
“I’m in a good place right now. I’m out here training and I’m focused. I have my life straight and I am ready to go man. The last time I came down here (to Brazil) and trained for something, I became the first foreigner to win the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships. I love it down here. Andre (Pederneiras) is like a father to me. All of the training he is having me do, it has me feeling like I could go win another championship.”
BJ Penn and Ryan Hall are scheduled to face each other in the preliminary card of UFC 232 on December 29th inside T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Do you think BJ Penn can pull a victory after eight long years?