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Everyone wants a piece of BJ Penn

BJ Penn is a man in high demand lately. Two weeks ago, Josh Koscheck announced the UFC had offered him a fight against Penn, which must have been something of a surprise to the Hawaiian. BJ’s retirement spin-o-wheel had finally started to settle consistantly on ‘Imma stay retired’, and at this point he’s probably got a belly so full of pineapple pig that even Matt Serra and Rumble Johnson’d be all like ‘Lay off the lard, dude!’

And now Rory MacDonald is calling out BJ too:

“Right now I feel there’s a guy that I want to fight before he leaves the sport and that’s B.J. Penn. That’s a guy I really want to fight. I respect him a lot. He’s a legend and I think it’d be a really good matchup for me to have that fight in Toronto I think it’d be a great opportunity. I’d love the opportunity to fight a guy I’ve looked up to for a long time and watched since I’ve been a young kid, so we’ll see if he accepts. I’m throwing the idea out there. If he’d like to do it, I’m more than ready to accept. It’s more of the idea that he may be retiring, so how many opportunities am l going to get to fight a guy like BJ after he’s gone?”

Why so much interest all of a sudden in the Prodigy? Is it a case like Dan Hardy and Matt Hughes where one guy is trying to provoke the other into an easy match? A legitimate desire to test ones self against a legend? Or is there a more manufactured reason? Here’s Josh Koscheck:

“Me and B.J. have a good relationship. It’s business, and, you know what? I like to have big fights. I think that B.J. is the type of fighter that would be a big fight for me. The UFC asked to try and stir up something. You know, I do my job well, and I went on to my Twitter account, and just kinda said, ‘Hey, B.J. Let’s do this fight.’”

And thus the line between pro wrestling and MMA blurs even more. I wonder if Rory’s just another guy who’s been asked to call BJ out?