BJ Penn Serious About His UFC Comeback with Stacked Team of Training Partners

Returning from a short-lived retirement to face Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5 on Dec. 8 in Seattle, however, Penn appears to be at the top of his game, even in the training room.

At least, if the training partners he’s hired for this fight are any indication, it appears that Penn couldn’t be any more serious about his Octagon comeback.

A report on Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight revealed that Penn has been working with a number of top welterweights, including UFC fighter Jay Hieron, Strikeforce welterweights Tarec Saffiedine and Tryon Woodley, as well as Strikeforce lightweight title contender Pat Healy and former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson, and, if that wasn’t enough, he’s also working with current Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren.
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Rory MacDonald reportedly 'annoyed' with VADA drug test, while UFC on FOX 5 opponent B.J. Penn 'in love'

Ariel Helwani of FUEL TV and SB Nation brought word, during a segment on "UFC Tonight," that MacDonald has been finding the process "annoying."

Conversely, Helwani reported that Penn is enjoying the testing, and he has no problem placing himself under the magnifying glass if it means he can prove he's a clean fighter and possibly expose those who aren't playing by the same set of rules.

His position as translated by Helwani:

"B.J. loves this. B.J. is the guy who was talking about VADA before anyone in the MMA. He is a proponent because it makes sure everyone is healthy and safe. He believes there are cheaters in the sport and he wants to make sure he is not fighting one of them. So, he is enjoying these tests. You know motivation has always been a question for B.J., but when you consider the fighters he has surrounded himself with he is very motivated to fight. B.J. is surrounding himself with top names in MMA such as Jay Hieron, Tarec Safieddine, Tyron Woodley from Strikeforce, Pat Healy, Josh Thomson and Ben Askren and this makes it interesting to see how that translates come December 8."

Thus far, no results for either fighter have been released.