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BJ Penn pulls out of Primetime show

The UFC’s attempts to sow drama into the Georges St Pierre vs BJ Penn fight might have blown up into something much much bigger:

A source close to the show on Tuesday told ( B.J. Penn recently shut down a taping and interview session for the series and no longer wants involved in the project.

Penn was apparently unhappy with how he was portrayed in last week’s debut of the series, which hypes a Jan. 31 UFC 94 main event fight between the Hawaiian fighter and UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

If you didn’t catch last week’s show, let me fill you in on what happened: the last 5 minutes were dedicated to Penn skipping training to chillax with his girlfriend while dodging Dana’s phone calls. BJ playing hooky was extra awesome because he’s been dogged with questions about his dedication to training for years and years.

So the big question is what happens now? The UFC is reportedly spending 2 million bucks to put this show together. If one of the fighters has pulled out of the show, then that’s kinda sorta a big deal. But perhaps Dana and the gang will be able to pull something out that spins this whole situation into even more excitement for the fight. Let’s just hope it doesn’t completely thrash the UFC’s relationship with Penn as a result.