In a bombshell announcement made today, B.J. Penn has returned to the UFC and will drop two weight classes, from 170 to 145, in order to coach opposite Frankie Edgar on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter before facing him in an April 2014 matchup.
As Confirmed by UFC Tonight, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, B.J. Penn will return to action to coach the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar. They will be coaching fighters in both the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions.
UFC president, Dana White stated on UFC tonight that he had originally planned on pitting Urijah Faber against Edgar as coaches of TUF but the two could not agree on a weight class in which to compete. Around the same time as the UFC struggled with finding two suitable coaches, Penn requested, in a text to White, Penn expressed his desire for a top caliber lightweight opponent. White also stated that Penn is extremely motivated for this opportunity in a new division.
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Is BJ Penn looking at a new career as a professional bull rider?
UFC Fighter BJ Penn uploaded the following video of him riding a bull today on the Big Island of Hawaii:
BJ Penn vs. The Bull of Hilo
Registration has begun for Aikido of Hilo’s upcoming Fall Seminar with Morito Suganuma. The seminar will be held during Labor Day weekend from August 31st to September 2nd at the Aikido of Hilo Dojo on 29 Shipman Street.
According to Aikido of Hilo Chief Instructor, Barbara Klein, “Aikido is the Japanese martial art of peace and reconciliation.”
Suganuma who was born in Fukushima, Japan holds the title Shihan, master teacher, and is an 8th degree black belt. He began studying Aikido in 1963 and studied under the martial art’s founder Morihei Ueshiba and Ueshiba’s son Kisshomaru. In 1967, Suganuma received the honor of becoming the founder’s last uchideshi, a full time live-in student at the Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo.
After Morihei Ueshiba’s death in 1969, Suganuma was sent to Japan’s southern island of Kyūshū to represent the Aikido Headquarters in that area. In Kyūshū, Suganuma founded and is the head of the Aikido Shoheijuku Dojo, which today encompasses about 70 dojo and 4000 students. Suganuma is also a noted master in Japanese Calligraphy and a practitioner of Zen meditation and yoga.
“In Aikido there are only two 8th degree black belts in the United States and only a handful in the world. Having someone of Suganuma Shihan’s stature come to Hilo and teach is an incredibly rare opportunity,” said Klein.
Klein and her husband, prominent Hilo chiropractor, Dr. Robert Klein, both hold 6th degree black belts and have been teaching Aikido in Hilo for over 30 years.
The upcoming fall seminar has already attracted students from the U.S. Mainland, Canada, Japan and across the State of Hawai‘i. “There is still some limited space for Aikido students that want to study with Suganuma Shihan,” said Klein.
For more information and to register for Aikido of Hilo’s Fall Seminar go to the dojo’s website at http://www.aikidoofhilo.org.
Akido of Hilo Opens New Year with Traditional Japanese Kagami Biraki – “Opening the Mirror” Ceremony
Aikido of Hilo opened up the New Year with a traditional Japanese Kagami Biraki, “opening the mirror,” Ceremony. For many martial arts dojo the ceremony signifies their first practice of the New Year. Aikido of Hilo also used the ceremony as an opportunity to recognize students that had successfully passed their rank tests last November.
Since 1980, Aikido of Hilo has been teaching Aikido under the guidance of Chief Instructor Barbara Klein and her husband Robert Klein. Both Kleins hold sixth degree black belts and have been training in Aikido for over 40 years.
The philosophy of Aikido teaches that budo (the martial way) should concentrate not on harming others, but on protecting them. “Rather than harming another and causing resentment, we are taught to neutralize physical and mental aggression avoiding injury to ourselves and the attacker,” said Barbara Klein.
Klein went on to say, “Aikido is an effective self-defense and a path of development, integrating the whole person, physically, mentally and spiritually; fostering greater self-confidence, enhanced awareness, stress reduction, mental relaxation, enhanced interpersonal relational skills, greater respect for others and a harmonious attitude. Physically, it develops strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, balance, coordination, and muscular relaxation. Through aikido training, the practitioner becomes a more integrated individual, with improved abilities to function within and contribute to their local community and the world at large.”
Aikido of Hilo offers classes for all levels and ages six years old and older at its dojo located at 29 Shipman Street in Hilo and at the Green Church Studio in Waimea. For more information call Barbara at 935-2454.
Last night, Hilo’s own BJ Penn got beaten down at UFC on FOX to Rory McDonald.
According to MMAFighting he was taken to the hospital after the fight:
…The former two-division champion was routed by Rory MacDonald at UFC on FOX 5, a beating so physically taxing that Penn had to be transported to a Seattle area hospital for observation, according to UFC officials…
The article then goes on to say that UFC Promoter Dana White wants him to retire:
…Following the event, White said during a FUEL TV interview that he wanted and expected to see Penn hang up his gloves for good.
“He didn’t say it tonight but I think BJ is probably going to retire,” White said. “I wouldn’t mind seeing that…
I actually expected him to retire after his last fight and it seems like he’s really taken a beating in the last years of his career losing only winning 1 of his last 6 fights!
Here are the results of a poll that I took back in August of 2010 asking whether BJ Penn should retire or not:
It’s slippery. It’s sticky. It’s silly. It’s the Paradise Roller Girls Jell-O wrestling tournament and calendar signing day at the Hilo Town Tavern! Come join the fun November 10 in downtown Hilo to watch your favorite derby girls battle it out in a pool of slimy goo before the presentation and signing of the Paradise Roller Girls newly released 2013 photo calendar.
This year’s Jell-O wrestling tournament is the third such event to be hosted by PRG. During last year’s tournament Atomic Ace defeated Firefly Fatal and Sasha Buzzkill before beating Derbutante Diva to become the 2011 Jell-O wrestling champion. Ace, who was just a rookie last year, explained that like derby, Jell-O wrestling is not a staged event – it’s the real deal!
“Yeah, we were really wrestling in there. It was a really rough match,” she said about last year’s final matchup with Derbutante Diva. “I had never Jell-O wrestled before, but it was kind of cool because it is a bar that I go to often and there are a lot of people there that I know.”
Holly ‘Von Slappenbitsch’ Zimmerman, the 2010 Jell-O wrestling champion, explained that the event is not just for entertainment either. “It helps to raise funds for the Paradise Roller Girls and it is fun,” she said.
Money raised from the event helps to pay for some of PRG’s administrative and operating costs. Entrance to Saturday’s Jell-O wrestling tournament is $5, with the wrestling action beginning at 4 p.m. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be sold at a discounted price for all PRG fans and Tavern regulars who make it through the door. For more information contact Ann Illusion at 315-0494 or the Hilo Town Tavern at 935-2171.
Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.
- My Brief Career as a Bikini Jell-O Wrestler (mancave.cbslocal.com)
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On Friday evening the Pride of Puna Kickboxing event took place at the Akebono Theater. The cost of admission was $15.00 or $10.00 with a can of food.
Needless to say, a lot of folks saved money as 403 pounds of food was raised for the “Fight for Hunger”.
I have to give props to Serge Mamone and his wife Kalei for putting on such a great production as well as raising so much food for the “Fight for Hunger”.
- Pride of Puna – Pictures, Videos and Results (damontucker.com)
- Mixed Martial Arts at Pahoa’s Akebono Theater – “Pride of Puna” Fight for Hunger (damontucker.com)
- Pride of Puna and Sudden Rush – Pahoa is the Place to Be Tonight (damontucker.com)
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Last night at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii, the first ever Pride of Puna “Fight for Hunger” all ages kick boxing event took place to a sold out crowd.
The event began with some youth fights that were well appreciated by everyone in the crowd.
Here are the results from the youth fights:
- 65 lbs – Ricky Mamone defeated Derek Romero
- 70 lbs – Elija Apao defeated David Martinez Jr.
- 95 lbs – Kaleo Apao defeated Damien Romero
- 115 lbs- Trent Saragosa and Micah Castro had a DRAW
- 125 lbs – Avery Sanchis defeated Ethan Ramos
Then the Open fights began with a women’s fight featuring Riechelle Silva vs. Kehaulani Rodrigues.
The fight was an exciting fight that saw Silva dominating Rodrigues for the majority of the fight and winning in the end.
Then the Open Mens fight began:
Koa Lopez and Roy Fukushima had a three round fight:
The judges declared Koa Lopez the winner
The next bout featured Paul Abiley versus Cameron Sylva.
The judges declared Cameron Sylva the winner after this third round.
The next fight saw Patrick Torres defeat Josh Sosa and then Mathew Majamay took on Kevin Silva:
In the end the judges declared Majamay the victory.
In the final Open fight, Conrodo Martin Defeated Keola Arakaki. The night then moved to the Semi-Main Event which featured Petey Vital “3″ defeating Donald Gonzales.
The Main Event saw Riquo Abadilla defeating Justin Yamauchi.
It was a great event that was put on and lots of food was raised. *UPDATE* 403 pounds of food were raised!
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The kickboxing tournament “Pride of Puna” starts at 6:30 at Pahoa’s Akebono Theater tonight:
Then across the street at the Pahoa Village Club, the doors will open at 8:00 for Big Island’s own Sudden Rush.
Monsta MMA Presents “PRIDE OF PUNA” – Fight for Hunger!
The Big Island’s newest Mixed Martial Art’s Promotion is just a few week’s away from there first of many event’s event’s. This event “The Pride Of Puna” will be held at the Akebono Theater in Puna on April 27th, and will be feathering fighter’s such as Just Scrap Amateur 135lb Champion Riquo Abadilla, Crowd Favorite and heavy hitting Petey Vital,The alway’s ready for action Donald Gonzales,Keola Arakai, Conrado Martin, and the highly anticipated 8 Man Heavyweight Tournament that will have fighter that are sure to surprise everyone in attendance.
Also fighting on this card will be the younger fighter’s that always leave the crowd screaming for more, were talking about kid’s like Ricky “The lil Monsta” Mamone, Elijah & Kaleo Apao,Derek Romero,David Martinez jr, Tallen Saragosa, and many more of Hawaii’s future Champion’s. This is sure to be an event that you will not want to miss. Ticket’s are $15 at the door, or $10 with a Non Perishable Food item that will be donated to the Hawaii Island Food Bank for the family’s here in Hawaii that are having a hard time. If you want to bring more then one can your more then welcome to. Door’s open at 6:30 PM and Fight’s start at 7:00 PM. Come out and show your support for our local fighter’s, and help family’s that are in need.
APRIL 27, 2012 – at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa, Hawaii
BJ Penn Presents “Just Scrap 15″ this weekend at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. There will be fifteen fights with four of them with titles on the line.
Chad “The Brahma Bull” Thomas vs. Ologagae Faamau (Heavyweight Title Fight)
Joey “The Tazmanian Devil” Gomez vs. Robby Ostovich (Lightweight Interim Title Fight)
Jason “Suave” Soares vs. Lavelle “The Bad Son” Brown (Welterweight Title Fight)
Wayne “House of Pain” Emche vs. Keola Arakaki (Flyweight Title Fight)
Patrick Abiley vs. Zach Ching
“Wiley” Adam Collarile vs. Kawika “Tips” Martin
Louis “The Hawaiian Dragon” Pauole vs. TBD
Kiko “The Freako” Nacimento vs. Eddie Wine
Kimo Louis vs. Pati Faavaa
Kevin Villanueva vs. Steven Rojo
Bronson Barozo vs. Nate Amirol
Robert “Mr.” Manners vs. TBD
Jonah Aiona vs. Michael Perreira-Thompson
Nat Rowland vs. “Crazy” Chris Miranda
Tyler Leopoldino vs. Tyler Iopa
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ProElite makes its return to the MMA-centric islands of Hawaii, featuring a fight card loaded with world class talent on January 21, 2012 at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The main event matches Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove against Ikuhisa “The PUNK” Minowa, and includes the semifinals of the ProElite Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Tickets for “ProElite: Da Spyder vs The PUNK” will be on sale soon to the general public at the Blaisdell Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations (800)745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and http://www.ProElite.com . The ProElite event, a wholly-owned property of Stratus Media Group (www.stratusmediagroup.com), will be televised live on HDNet at 10 P.M. EST
Hawaii native Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (13-9) returns to the ProElite cage to take on international fan favorite Ikuhisa “The PUNK” Minowa (51-32-8) of Nagoya, Japan. The 6-foot-6 Grove had an impressive showing on ProElite’s last card in Hawaii (August 27, 2011) where he choked out tough MMA veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs with a guillotine choke at just :59 seconds of the first round.
With 35 of his 51 wins coming by way of submission, Japanese fight icon Minowa is one of the most well known and recognizable fighters on the international circuit today. He has competed in PrideFC and Dream, where he defeated three MMA giants including Bob Sapp (Achilles Lock), Hong Man Choi (Heel Hook), and Sokoudjou (TKO) to capture the Dream Super Hulk (Openweight) Grand Prix title. The January 21 fight will mark Minowa’s ProElite and North American debut.
The Honolulu Card also features the first semifinal match of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, and showcases the very tough Ryan Martinez (6-1) taking on headhunter Cody Griffin (5-2).
In his ProElite debut, Martinez handed 2009 NCAA Heavyweight wrestling champion Mark Ellis his first MMA defeat by unanimous decision in the first stage of the Grand Prix on November 5, 2011. Known for his go for broke fighting style, the 5-foot-11 Martinez hails from Greenley, Colorado where he trains out of Infinite MMA. Griffin, a true comeback kid, brings an explosive style to the match. Between the two fighters only 3 out of their 14 total fights have gone to decision.
The opposite bracket features the heavy hitting Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (2-1) against the biggest physical competitor in the tournament at 6-foot-5, Richard “The Black Eagle” Odoms (6-0).
Heun looks to continue his rise to prominence after training with Chris “The Crippler” Leben during his time as a Linebacker at the University of Hawaii and is now refining his technique in Utah under the guidance of MMA pioneer Jeremy “Gumby” Horn. Heun has become a dangerous opponent for any fighter entering the cage with him.
Richard Odoms, an imposing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at the heavyweight limit of 265 pounds, is truly a giant in the cage. The San Antonio, Texas police officer dominated his November 5 fight against Rod Housley and won a clear cut unanimous decision to advance into the Honolulu semifinals.
- Pro Elite MMA Heavyweight Grand Prix to Kick Off November 5 and Airing Live on HDNet (ballhyped.com)
- Pro Elite Announces multi-fight deal with HDNET (mmameltdown.us)
- Phenom Fighter Ryan Martinez has signed a multi-fight deal with ProElite (mmameltdown.us)
- Reagan Penn Will Become the Face of ProElite (bleacherreport.com)
- ProElite 1 Results: Kendall Grove, Reagan Penn, and Andrei Arlovski Victorious (bleacherreport.com)
- Pro Elite 2′s Reagan Penn: With the Penn Last Name, Every Fight Is the Toughest (bleacherreport.com)
- Breaking Down a UFC Heavyweight Grand Prix (bleacherreport.com)
- Proelite Debuts Live and Nick Diaz to Visit “Inside Mma” (unlimitedfightnews.com)
- Loretta Hunt: Alternative MMA promotion ProElite begins second life under new owners (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
So here is a bit of local sports news and I just happen to have a picture of the two of them together. BJ Penn is going to guest star on Hawaii 5-0 and Orlando Duque is recovering following his third surgery.
I was reading BJ Penn’s first blog post on the Bleacher Report since he lost his last fight to Nate Diaz and one of the things that he revealed is that he landed a guest spot on “Hawaii 5-0″.
…I have been back in Hawaii for a while now, but I haven’t been doing much as far as athletics go. This is partly because I think I sprained my finger or something, so because of that I have just been kind of laying low and enjoying life…
…As I am working on this piece, I am on my way to Oahu. I was given a part in an episode of the hit TV Show, Hawaii 5.0, and I will be filming for the next few days on set. It’s really good timing to be out in Oahu because the president of RVCA, Pat Tenore, and his whole family have taken a vacation this week out there, so when I’m not filming I plan on going and hanging out with them…
Orlando wrote on his Facebook page:
Going in for the 3rd surgery in a couple of hours. Almost all the hardware coming out :)
The following pictures is now his Facebook profile and he went on to say:
Surgery went well, thanks for the good vibes :) few days resting at home and hopefully soon some diving
I wish both of these athletes the best during these holiday seasons and may both of them recover soon.
- UFC Gym BJ Penn Opens This Week in Hawaii (damontucker.com)
- UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz Defeats BJ Penn, Cheick Kongo Beats Matt Mitrione (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
Terry Etim submitted Big Island’s Edward Faaloloto by Guillotine in 17 seconds at tonights UFC 138.
…The Hawaiian was likely fighting for his job in this contest.
Faaloloto charged forward aggressively to start the fight. Etim jumped for an arm-in guillotine choke immediately. Faaloloto winced in pain as he slowly collapsed to his knees. The choke was very deep and Faaloloto was forced to tap, just moments into the fight…
- UFC 138 Results: Terry Etim Dispatches of Edward Faaloloto in Only 17 Seconds (bleacherreport.com)
The new UFC BJ Penn Gym on Oahu is opening on Tuesday of this week.
“I’m very excited to be part of this tremendous opportunity,” the 32-year-old Penn, a native of Hilo, said. “I look forward to working with the UFC and UFC Gym to make this a huge success. It will be such an honor to have a UFC Gym with my name, especially in my homeland of Hawaii.”
Enrollment Center Opens Tuesday October 18th at 8am
Special Construction Rates Available
660 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI
- UFC 137: Why BJ Penn Will Destroy Nick Diaz (bleacherreport.com)
- UFC President Dana White: B.J. Penn Lied (bleacherreport.com)
- UFC 137 Fight Card: BJ Penn Trains for His Fight Against Nick Diaz (bleacherreport.com)
- UFC 137 Nick Diaz vs. BJ Penn: Early Head to Toe Breakdown (bleacherreport.com)
- UFC: If Nick Diaz Defeats BJ Penn, Dana White Is Ready to Give Him a Title Shot (bleacherreport.com)
BJ Penn presents “Just Scrap: Cage of Horrors” this Saturday evening October 15, 2o11.
If you’re trick or treating for blood, gore, and MMA action. Get down to the Hilo Civic Auditorium this Saturday, for BJPenn.coms Cage of Horrors.
Reagan Penn defeated Paul Gardiner by tap out in 1 minute 10 seconds of the first round of his MMA Debut at ProElite over at the Blaisdell arena on Oahu tonight.
Here is the video courtesy of ZPMMAVideos:
BJPenn.com takes you behind the scenes of ProElite 2.0, bringing you exclusive interviews with the fighters and personnel involved in the event.
See how the promoters struggle to keep the fighters on time as they try to cut weight for their official weigh in and watch as they face off for the last time before fight night.
- 2nd-Generation Hawaiian Fighter Raquel Pa’aluhi Keeping it in the Family (unlimitedfightnews.com)
- You: ProElite Returns! Watch the Kickoff Presser Video Live on MMAWeekly.com at 4pm ET (mmaweekly.com)
- 10 Reasons Why BAMMA Could, and Should, Be On Spike TV (bleacherreport.com)
- You: BJ Penn’s Brother, Reagan Penn, to Make MMA Debut at ProElite’s Return Event (mmaweekly.com)
- Kendall Grove Looks to Avenge Himself Against Joe Riggs (unlimitedfightnews.com)
- MMAWeekly Radio Monday: Brendan Schaub, Mark Ellis and Eddie Yagin (mmaweekly.com)
- You: ProElite August 27 Fight Card Rumors (mmaweekly.com)
- You: Andrei Arlovski and Mark Ellis Officially Signed; Signals New Approach for Pro Elite (mmaweekly.com)