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BJ says no to UFC 99

If Joe Silva was Emperor of the Universe and all the fighters on the UFC’s roster were powerless to defy him, I think cards like UFC 95 wouldn’t end looking more like a decent UFC Fight Night than a ‘numbered event’. But since he has to work with the crazed whims and desires of all the headline fighters, cards that should fall into place beautifully end up getting fucked. Check out the latest hitch in plans for UFC 99:

It’s family time for B.J. Penn, which means the UFC lightweight champion might not be back in the cage as soon as others would like.

UFC President Dana White told multiple press outlets last week that Penn’s next title defense against No. 1 contender Kenny Florian was a possibility for UFC 99 on June 13 in Cologne, Germany. However, Penn’s older brother and manager J.D. told Sherdog.com on Monday that the date is not feasible for his celebrated sibling.

“No, it’s too close to BJ’s last fight,” the elder Penn wrote in a text message. “He wants to spend time with his baby.”

It’s family time for B.J. Penn, which means the UFC lightweight champion might not be back in the cage as soon as others would like.

UFC President Dana White told multiple press outlets last week that Penn’s next title defense against No. 1 contender Kenny Florian was a possibility for UFC 99 on June 13 in Cologne, Germany. However, Penn’s older brother and manager J.D. told Sherdog.com on Monday that the date is not feasible for his celebrated sibling.

“No, it’s too close to BJ’s last fight,” the elder Penn wrote in a text message. “He wants to spend time with his baby.”

I’m not against BJ Penn spending some time with his children … Child Welfare Services forces me to have supervised visitation with my kids once a week too. So I can feel his pain. But won’t somebody please think of the Kenny??? This poor bastard has been waiting so long for his title shot that he’s liable to go broke before he gets his title shot. And BJ Penn hasn’t defended his fucking lightweight belt since May 2008.

What is it with the lightweight division, anyways? I swear the whole thing is cursed. Sean Sherk wins the newly re-introduced belt and then takes a year off to get surgery he knew he needed before he accepted his title shot. Then there’s all that steroid bullshit, and now we’ve got the world’s laziest champion. 45 Huddle over at FightOpinion summed it up nicely: “He has enough energy to ask for a welterweight title fight. Enough energy to complain for weeks afterwards. Yet he can’t find it in himself to defend his lightweight title within a year? I wil be happy when a lightweight beats him down- and that guy actually makes for a good champion.”

And that’s just busting on the lightweight situation. Look at the state UFC 99 is without BJ versus Kenny. It went from being anchored by a serious title shot (maybe I’m just fed up with BJ’s diva shit, but I’m starting to give Kenny a slight chance) to having Rich Franklin vs Wanderlei Silva and a Mirko fight maybe. For an event that’s supposed to launch the UFC’s European invasion, that’s not too hot. The UFC is lucky they’ve accidentally groomed everyone across the Atlantic to eat shit and like it, or someone might say the card is kinda lackluster.

So you can all thank Georges St Pierre for saving us from having a champ holding two belts who doesn’t feel like defending either. Or maybe you need to blame Georges for winning, because BJ was saying he was going to retire if he’d won. It sucks to say that because I fucking LOVE watching BJ fight. But at this point I’m just sick of his shit. If BJ wants people to stop thinking of him as a spoiled lazy asshole, perhaps he should stop acting like one.

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