Monday, August 8, 2022

Jon Fitch Still Wants BJ Penn, Calls Him A Coward

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

While preparing to fight Rory MacDonald at UFC 151 in September, BJ Penn stated that he would possibly like to train at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, CA.

Problem is, Jon Fitch is one of the gyms top fighters and although Penn had trained there many years ago, Fitch is one of the top dogs now and has unfinished business with Penn dating back to UFC 127 and the subsequent rematch that never happened due to injuries.

Fitch isn't pleased that the rematch hasn't happened after the February 2011 draw in Australia, and had some unkind words for the former multi-divison champion while on a conference call this week to promote his new reality TV show “Fight Factory”:

“Here at AKA, we've got fighters who come out to fight, fighters who will face anyone and don't hide from any opponents. You've also got cowards out there like B.J. Penn who say they want to fight people, but then they run and hide. Yes. He's a coward. He wouldn't be welcomed here.”

Could this possibly lead to a rematch happening between the two now that Rory MacDonald is off the September card due to a cut sustained in training? Or will Penn wait for the cut to heal and fight MacDonald at a later date?

Which would you rather see?

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