BJ Penn

Report: Penn to Meet Sanchez at UFC 105


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B.J. Penn will reportedly defend his UFC lightweight title against “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez in a bout that will likely headline UFC 105, which is slated to take place on November 14 in Manchester, England.

The news comes from UK-based Fighters Only Magazine, which reports that Sanchez has been offered the title shot but nothing is official at the moment. Both Penn and Sanchez expressed interest in facing each other in recent weeks.

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UFC 101: Declaration Quick Results


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B.J. Penn def. Kenny Florian – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Anderson Silva def. Forrest Griffin – KO (Punch)
Aaron Riley def. Shane Nelson – Decision (Unanimous)
Johny Hendricks def. Amir Sadollah – TKO (Punches)
Ricardo Almeida def. Kendall Grove – Decision (Unanimous)
Kurt Pellegrino def. Josh Neer – Decision (Unanimous)
John Howard def. Tamdan McCrory – Decision (Split)
Alessio Sakara def. Thales Leites – Decision (Split)
Matt Riddle def. an Cramer – Decision (Unanimous)
George Sotiropoulos def. George Roop – Submission (Kimura)
Jesse Lennox def. Danillo Villefort – TKO

All Fighters on Weight For UFC 101

The official weigh-in results for UFC 101: Declaration are in and all fighters successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday night at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The card will be headlined by a UFC lightweight title bout between champion B.J.Penn and Kenny Florian. The co-main event will feature UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight to take on former champ Forrest Griffin.

Main Card:

B.J. Penn (155 lbs) vs. Kenny Florian (155 lbs)
Anderson Silva (205 lbs) vs. Forrest Griffin (205 lbs)
Ricardo Almeida (185 lbs) vs. Kendall Grove (185.5 lbs)
Josh Neer (155.5 lbs) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (154.5 lbs)
Johny Hendricks (171 lbs) vs. Amir Sadollah (166.5 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Aaron Riley (154 lbs) vs. Shane Nelson (156 lbs)
John Howard (169.5 lbs) vs. Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (185.5 lbs) vs. Thales Leites (185 lbs)
Dan Cramer (169.5 lbs) vs. Matthew Riddle (170 lbs)
George Sotiropoulos (155 lbs) vs. George Roop (154 lbs)
Danillo VIllefort (170.25 lbs) vs. Jesse Lennox (171 lbs)

BJ Penn Goes Verticle

Penn Not Interested in Fighting in Vegas Again

Just like Sean Sherk after his battle with the California State Athletic Commission over a disputed positive steroids test, UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn now wants no business with the state of Nevada after commission officials recently stated that disciplinary action over UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s debated vaseline use during their UFC 94 fight is unlikely.

In his latest video blog (which is above), Penn states that he has “no interest” in ever fighting in Las Vegas or Nevada again and that NSAC figurehead Keith Kizer “can’t be trusted”. Penn also discusses his preparation for his title defense against Kenny Florian, which will come on August 8 in Philadelphia at UFC 101.

Evening News and Notes: Couture Agrees to Fight Nogueira; Kelly to Lightweight & More


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Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 26, 2009.

  • Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture has reportedly agreed to fight former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at a planned bout that would tentatively take place at UFC 101 in August. The event could take place in Portland, Oregon. The UFC is currently awaiting a response from Nogueira’s camp.

  • Georges St. Pierre’s camp has filed a formal response to the allegations B.J. Penn and his trainers made following their fight at UFC 94 on January 31. The complete letter sent to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which was sent yesterday afternoon, can be found here. In the statement, St. Pierre and his camp said that they “did not do anything to jeopardize either Georges’ reputation or the integrity of the sport and have done nothing to violate NSAC rules or to otherwise impugn the outcome of UFC 94”.

  • British fighter Paul Kelly has apparently made the decision to drop down to the lightweight division following his unanimous decision victory over Troy Mandaloniz at UFC 95 last weekend. “I’m definitely dropping to 155-pounds now,” Kelly told UFC.com. “It makes sense. I was eating a big breakfast on the morning of the weigh-in last Friday. While everyone else is dying to make weight, I’m sitting there with a big bowl of muesli and a glass of orange juice. I’ll just have to cut 10-pounds and that’s it. It’s no big deal.”

  • June “Too Early” for Penn Return


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    Those expecting B.J. Penn’s next lightweight title defense to come against Kenny Florian at UFC 99 in June might have to wait a bit longer. According to today’s featured story on Sherdog.com, it seems that Penn would like a bit more time to spend with his new daughter before stepping back into action:

    UFC President Dana White told multiple press outlets last week that Penn’s next title defense against No. 1 contender Kenny Florian was a possibility for UFC 99 on June 13 in Cologne, Germany. However, Penn’s older brother and manager J.D. told Sherdog.com on Monday that the date is not feasible for his celebrated sibling.

    “No, it’s too close to BJ’s last fight,” the elder Penn wrote in a text message. “He wants to spend time with his baby.”

    Penn, 30, welcomed his first child, daughter Aeva, to the growing Hilo clan in October 2008. However, the new father spent a substantial amount of time thereafter promoting and training for his Jan. 31 mega-fight against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94 in Las Vegas.

    Penn’s camp is pinpointing late July or early August as the date they would like to return at. Florian is quoting as saying that he would like to fight in June for financial reasons, but would be willing to wait for Penn regardless. The main card for UFC 100 is reportedly “backed up” according to Florian, leaving very little room for a second championship bout at the show.

    It’s completely fair for Penn to want to spend more time with his daughter. After all, he took part in a grueling training camp and press tour prior to his rematch with GSP in the months after she was born. Still, it’s also unfair for Florian to have to wait so long for his well-deserved title shot. Fighting only once in ‘09 probably won’t sit too well with Florian. Hopefully the two sides and the UFC can come to a meeting point that pleases all parties.

    B.J. Penn Releases “Greasegate” Documentary



    B.J. Penn is still on a mission to prove that Georges St. Pierre cheated during their fight by greasing. Here’s a new documentary-type video recently released on his official website. It includes footage from Penn’s loss to St. Pierre at UFC 94 as well as quotes and interviews from fighters that have fought St. Pierre in the past.

    St. Pierre Responds to Greasing Allegiations


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    For the first time since this greasing scandal started up following hjs win over B.J. Penn this past Saturday, Georges St. Pierre has come forward and given his take on the whole situation, claiming that he didn’t cheat:

    “Listen, I never cheated in my life,” an animated St. Pierre told Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show on Wednesday. “Let me tell you something, I never said something bad to B.J. Penn. I never answered back to him with what he said. I’ve always been respectful. Even after the fight I went and told him, ‘Hey, keep your head up. You can be proud. You’re a tough guy. You stayed in the ring for a long time.’ But now that he says something like that it bothers me a lot. He already said I was taking steroids, that I was a quitter, that he was blaming me for seeing a sports psychologist and now he says that I cheat because I use Vaseline.”

    “It’s disrespectful, but B.J. is a winner. I understand a winner’s mentality. A winner’s mentality always tries to understand the reason why he lost. In B.J.’s case, he doesn’t do it in a good way. I understand that he tries to understand why he lost, but what he should’ve done instead of looking at things he doesn’t control he should’ve looked at himself in the mirror and asked himself what he should’ve done better to be more well-prepared for that fight to be able to beat Georges St. Pierre instead of looking at me and try to find excuses… B.J. right now is doing it all wrong and he’s not going to become a better fighter if he keeps acting like this.”

    St. Pierre also goes on to say that Phil Nurse put Vaseline on his face, but on his back because the hand he used to rub his back was dry. He also comments on a rematch with Penn and what Matt Hughes is saying about him. It’s a pretty good interview on Sherdog if you get a chance to listen.

    Penn Asks for Investigation Into GSP Greasing Controversy


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    It’s not a formal complaint, but B.J. Penn and his camp have sent a letter to the Nevada State Athletic Commission through their lawyer, asking that Keith Kizer and company make sure that St. Pierre and those that worked his corner are “properly dealt with”:

    In Nahabedian’s letter to the commission, he wrote, “Simply put, by lubricating GSP’s body, a highly slippery surface was created that completely neutralized an innocent participant’s abilities and strategy to the advantage of GSP.” It goes on to add, “More importantly, by neutralizing Mr. Penn’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu abilities through the use of illegal and improper means, Mr. Penn was subjected to a life-threatening and career-ending environment; an environment that the Commission was armed to protect against.”

    Nahabedian claims that Penn’s camp told the commission prior to the bout of the possibility of St. Pierre greasing. During the fight, commission members did towel down St. Pierre, but Penn’s letter makes it clear the UFC welterweight champion was still too slippery.

    Kizer said Penn’s cornermen Greg Jackson and Phil Nurse could face a fine or suspension, but would have a chance to answer for their actions before any penalty was handed down.

    It’s key to note that Kizer mentioned that Jackson and Nurse could face a fine or suspension, but not the revocation of their license. Preventing the two from ever working a corner again would hurt the fighters they work with and inadvertently the sport, in more ways than one.

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