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BJ Penn Returns to UFC… Will Fight Frankie Edgar

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.

BJ Penn and RedBull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque

BJ Penn and RedBull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque

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.

– See more at: http://www.bjpenn.com/bj-penn-and-frankie-edgar-set-to-coach-the-ultimate-fighter-season-19/#sthash.6u2GDqPV.dpuf

BJ Penn Taken to Hospital After Fight – Dana White Wants Him to Retire

Last night, Hilo’s own BJ Penn got beaten down at UFC on FOX to Rory McDonald.

BJ walks back to the locker room after last nights UFC on FOX fight. (Esther Lin, MMA Fighting)

BJ walks back to the locker room after last nights UFC on FOX fight. (Esther Lin, MMA Fighting)

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!

BJ Penn Record

Here are the results of a poll that I took back in August of 2010 asking whether BJ Penn should retire or not:

BJ Retire

 

 

BJ Penn Presents “Just Scrap 15” This Weekend at the Hilo Civic

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.

TITLE FIGHTS:

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)

Non-Title Fights:

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

BJ Penn Lands Part on “Hawaii 5-0” – Red Bull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque Recovering

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”.

BJ writes:

…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…

In other Hawaii related sports news, Red Bull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque is now recovering after his third surgery following his skydiving accident.

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.

 

Big Islands Faaloloto Taps in 17 Seconds at UFC 138

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…

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UFC Gym BJ Penn Opens This Week in Hawaii

The new UFC BJ Penn Gym on Oahu is opening on Tuesday of this week.

UFC GYM BJ PENN

“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.

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Enrollment Center Opens Tuesday October 18th at 8am
Special Construction Rates Available
660 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI
808-672-2655

Stratus Media Group Announces Upcoming ProElite MMA Event in Hawaii

Media Release:

ProElite, Inc, today announces its next step in mixed martial arts (MMA) with a fight in Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday, August 27th.

The chosen venue is the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Waikiki, the world-famous beach resort destination, marking the third time ProElite will bring its MMA event to the Arena.

The August event is ProElite’s first under the new ownership of Stratus Media Group Inc. Stratus Media Group recently closed the acquisition of 95% of ProElite.

Jay Thompson

“The timing could not be better!” said Jay Thompson, Vice President of ProElite Fight Operations. “MMA continues to see solid growth and has achieved mainstream acceptance across all visual media platforms in the last few years. It still has plenty of time to mature in the sporting arena.”

Fighter signings and match-ups for the August 27th Blaisdell Arena card will be released soon.

BJ Penn to Open Hawaii’s First UFC Gym on Oahu

I had the opportunity to check out BJ Penn’s Academy off Kinoole Street last year and I’m stoked to hear that the UFC looks more and more like it’s actually going to come to Hawaii!

Media Release:

UFC® Gym™ announced today that it will partner with UFC superstar and former two-division champion BJ Penn to establish a signature BJ Penn fitness facility in the fighter’s home state of Hawaii.

BJ Penn's Gym in Hilo, Hawaii

The facility, which will begin enrolling members in Summer 2011, is set to open for workouts in January 2012, and will be located in the Kamehameha Schools Kaka‘ako neighborhood, at the former Pipeline Café on Pohukaina Street in Honolulu.

Integrating mixed martial arts, innovative fitness training, nutrition, and youth programming, the 37,000 square-foot facility is expected to raise the bar for fitness in Honolulu. UFC Gym Hawaii will feature cutting-edge training techniques inspired by BJ Penn, including MMA classes, muay thai and jiu-jitsu, progressive group fitness, UFC Kids’ Gym youth training and the Daily Ultimate Training Series.

Much like the three successful UFC Gym locations currently operating in California, UFC Gym members in Honolulu will enjoy a variety of amenities, including the signature Arm Bar Café which will feature some of BJ’s favorite foods, a UFC Gym Store for the latest in apparel, and full amenity locker rooms complete with dry saunas. Other features include functional training areas, group fitness rooms and the
famed UFC Octagon®.

BJ Penn's Hilo Ring at his academy on Kinoole Street

“BJ Penn is one of the biggest superstars in the UFC, a future Hall of Famer, and an icon in his home state of Hawaii,” UFC President Dana White said. “We’re excited to open a signature UFC GYM with BJ and expect it to become the ultimate fitness destination in Honolulu.”

“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.”

In addition to becoming an instant destination for fitness enthusiasts in Honolulu, the lease to UFC Gym marks another milestone for the local community. Officials from Kaiaulu o Kaka‘ako, Kamehameha’s acre master planned community in Kaka‘ako, envision a healthy and sustainable community and are excited to have a UFC Gym as a cornerstone.

“UFC Gym will be a perfect addition to the master plan for our community” said Christian O’Connor, Kamehameha Schools’ senior asset manager. “A true neighborhood includes a variety of housing integrated with retail, restaurants and gathering places. A high-energy fitness center, such as UFC Gym, is the kind of establishment that creates a sense of community.”

UFC Gym’s enrollment center will be opening in the old Cutter lot on Ala Moana Boulevard in early summer 2011. Anyone interested in the ultimate fitness experience, which combines a conventional gym with mixed martial arts training for families, and people of all ages and fitness levels, may visit www.ufcgymbjpennhawaii.com.

Neil Abercrombie and BJ Penn Looking to Bring UFC to Hawaii

Neil Abercrombie, with BJ Penn next to his side, today announced that he is going to attempt to bring the UFC to Hawaii.

UFC Athlete BJ Penn and Governor Abercrombie share a message about bringing UFC to Hawaii and engaging Hawaii’s youth in athletic activities:

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The following picture is from when Mayor Kenoi announce that the Big Island was celebrating a BJ Penn Day.

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi Proclaims a day dedicated to BJ Penn

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi Proclaims a day dedicated to BJ Penn