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Dana White: “B.J. Penn’s UFC career is over after recent street fight videos”

6. 9. 2019

It’s official. The UFC is out of the B.J. Penn business.

UFC president Dana White, in an interview with broadcast partner ESPN, said Penn’s career in the promotion is over when he gave his reaction to video footage that appears to show Penn involved in fights outside a bar in Pahoa, Haw.

The two videos in question, showed Penn punching a man outside the Lava Shack bar, then being knocked out by the same man on the street.

The footage, which has followed a host of outside-the-cage incidents involving the former two-division UFC champion, led to widespread criticism as questions were raised over Penn’s fighting future.

Aside from the incidents away from the cage, his career inside it hasn’t gone well recently, either. Penn has lost his last seven fights and has won just once in his past 11 contests in a run that stretches back to 2010. But despite his poor results inside the cage, White had previously told the media that he would give Penn one final fight inside the octagon. The Hawaiian was set to face Nik Lentz later this year, though the fight hadn’t been formally announced by the UFC.

But those plans have now been scrapped, with White confirming that “The Prodigy” will not appear inside the octagon again.

“He won’t fight again. That’s it. That’s a wrap,” White told ESPN “It’s not even that this was the last straw. I didn’t love him continuing to fight anyway. But when you have the relationship that he and I have, and he’s getting me on the phone begging me for another fight, begging me for another opportunity, it’s hard for me to turn him down.”

“But after what I saw on that video, B.J. needs to focus on his personal life and get himself together before he thinks about fighting again.”

Explaining that he hadn’t personally informed Penn of the news, White confirmed that “we have as a company.” And, with the UFC officially drawing a line under Penn’s career as a UFC athlete, White said his hope is that Penn can address his issues in the weeks and months ahead. And, if the UFC president himself can be of assistance, he said he would still take Penn’s call.

“I don’t want to sit here on TV and pick B.J. Penn apart and his life,” White said. “We all know what B.J. Penn needs to do, and hopefully B.J. Penn knows what B.J. Penn needs to do. I’m not going to sit here like I’m his father, or I’m some guy who’s above him and pointing the finger at B.J., and ‘B.J. needs to do this and that.”

“What I saw on that video was sad. I love the kid, and I hope he gets his life together. Obviously, the guy calls me and I’m still putting him in fights. If B.J. needed me, all he’s got to do to is pick up the phone and ask. If he does, I’m sure he’ll call. If he doesn’t, I hope he gets his life together.”

Penn officially exits the UFC with a career record of 16-14-1, and a tally of 12-13-1 under the UFC banner.

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