B.J. Penn will not be hanging up the gloves any time soon.
“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.
“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.”
Before finalizing his four-fight contract, B.J. Penn will be taking on Ryan Hall at UFC 232, someone who brings a very eccentric style of combat to the mantle.
“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.”
The last time B.J. Penn competed was in June of 2017, where he lost a majority decision to Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 112. Penn will be looking for his first victory in six fights when he takes on Ryan Hall at UFC 232.
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