BJ Penn is a professional Mixed Martial Artist from the United States of America, currently signed on to the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC, the premier Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the world, where he has been a two division champion. In spite of having a glorious career in Mixed Martial Arts, Penn still prefers to be referred as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner. He became the first American as well as the first non-Brazilian to win the black belt category of the World BJJ Championships.
As a Mixed Martial Artist, Penn has fought in several different weight classes throughout his career including Lightweight, Welterweight, Light Heavyweight as well as Middleweight. He is also a former holder of the UFC Welterweight Championship as well as the UFC Lightweight Championship, becoming only the second man in the history of the promotion to win the championship in two different weight classes. During his reign as the UFC Lightweight champion, BJ Penn was undefeated for almost six years, during which time he broke several records in the promotion.
Penn has often been hailed for his tenacity and his willingness to fight the biggest names in the business, irrespective of their weight classes and there have been many instances where he has gone up a weight class to make the fight happen. In the early part of 2004, BJ Penn created history by becoming the first Mixed Martial Artist to be ranked at the top of the rankings in two different weight categories when he was ranked number one in both the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions.
Dana White, the president of the UFC has often hailed Penn for creating the popularity in the lighter weight divisions of the sport and for breaking the cliché that the lighter competitors couldn’t compete in the pay per views.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has once again come out and slammed his fellow contender in the Heavyweight division Alistair Overeem, branding him as a joke. It is a well known fact that the Brazilian does not share the best of friendships with the Dutchman, who have had more than their fair share of run ins in the past and this outburst from Cigano adds another significant chapter to their history of verbal volleys.
The two have been exchanging verbal volleys ever since The Demolition Man pulled out of their scheduled UFC Heavyweight Championship after being banned for nine months for failing a dope test. And this month, the Dutchman managed to outdo himself once again after pulling out from their scheduled contest at UFC 160, citing an unknown injury sustained during training. And although the UFC has replaced Alistair Overeem with Mark Hunt as the opponent for dos Santos, the Brazilian still had a lot of choice words for him.
According to Cigano, he just cannot wait for the fight against Hunt. He stated that Overeem is not the champion and he is absolutely nothing. He added that even if he was the champion, he would have waited for the championship to change hands. Dos Santos stated that Overeem is just a big man who talks a load of nonsense without being able to back it up inside the Octagon.
The Brazilian further mentioned that Alistair Overeem could do whatever he wants with his career, he mentioned he is not at all bothered with what he does and if one day they happen to be in a position to fight and the Dutchman doesn’t cower away, then he has absolutely no problems whatsoever in taking him on in a confrontation inside the Octagon.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has expressed his disappointment at the departure of his former nemesis Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson from the promotion. ‘Suga’ is extremely disappointed that the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion had to leave the UFC and stated that he never quite lived up to his true potential with the company. And Evans’s comments come as a surprise to many, considering the bitter history that the two have shared during his stint in the company.
Jackson and the UFC management had a messy fallout just before he was set to take on Glover Teixeira in the final fight of his contract with the UFC last month at UFC on FOX 6. The Tennessee native made it very clear that he was not pleased with the top brass of the promotion and he almost made it quite clear that he would never mend his relationship with them. Speaking before UFC 156, Evans stated that he is really going to miss having Quinton Jackson around in the UFC.
He went on to state that the American was a great talent, but unfortunately for him and for the UFC, he never actually realized his talent with the promotion. He went on to state that Rampage doesn’t even realize how talented he actually is, before adding that he hopes the American gets some things straight and know that he still has it in him to fight in the biggest matches and there is only one place where that he possible and that is with the UFC.
Evans also stated that he hopes that Rampage and the bosses of the UFC, mainly the president Dana White mend their relationship, especially after White had stated that he doesn’t think Jackson has a future in the UFC anymore.
There has been a lot of talk inside the board room of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC about the reigning UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva having to defend his title thrice before getting a crack at the UFC Welterweight Championship holder Georges St. Pierre in a super fight, and people have already started wondering who those three fighters would be to get a shot at one of the most prestigious titles in the promotion. According to reports emerging from MMA Weekly, Mixed Martial Arts legend Vitor Belfort will not be among those getting a shot at the title.
The report stated that even if the legendary Brazilian defeated Middleweight contender Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping in their UFC on FOX 7 encounter, he will not be rewarded with a shot at the UFC Middleweight Championship. According to Dana White, the president of the UFC, Anderson is at a point where their last fight was so decisive as well as so one-sided that it is extremely tough and difficult to throw Belfort into a fight with him.
Moreover, White stated that whenever the question of Anderson Silva facing a challenge is raised, he always wants new opponents and new challenges. White further remarked that approaching the age of 40 years, Silva does not have too long a time left in the business and it would be extremely unwise on the part of the UFC to engage him in rematches against fighters he has already defeated quite comprehensively once.
The 35 year old Belfort was knocked out by Silva by a front kick right on the face back at UFC 126 and his defeat at the hands of Silva gives the UFC enough excuse to hand Bisping a shot at the title if he wins the match on the 9th of January.