Is it just me or is BJ Penn looking more and more like a cabbage patch kid as the years go on? It doesn’t even seem to have to do with his attempt to bulk up for his welterweight move – it’s more of an age thing. Women have to worry about saggy tits and arm flaps. Men need to be concerned about fathead syndrome. You’ve seen it with Dana, Tito, and especially BJ. As a person who’s head is already freakishly giant, I am concerned.
But there was something else important to talk about regarding this video. What was it … what was it … oh yeah: BJ’s hanging out with Floyd Mayweather Sr., and word is he’s put in two weeks of boxing with the legendary trainer. Here’s Floyd on BJ from FightHype via MMA Mania:
“BJ Penn is a cool dude man. I’ll be honest, at first, it didn’t seem like he could fight that good. I mean, I don’t know about his ground game and all of that stuff, but he’s got some pop and in just the three days I’ve been working with him, he has improved man. In his words, man, he told me, ‘I ain’t never seen some of this stuff you’re showing me man.’ And that’s only after three days.”
“BJ is learning fast man. He’s a good guy…If BJ throws his shots the way I got him throwing his shots, he will win. See, those guys throwing shots different than the way we do it, so I’m teaching BJ how to keep it standing and be effective.”
“Let me tell you something man, if he uses it, then it will work. I bet he ain’t going back to [Freddie Roach] either. He worked with Freddie ‘The Joke Coach’ Roach, and he telling me he has never see the stuff I’m showing him. So what does that tell you? Man, the only thing Freddie Roach can do better than me is wash my car.”
Training with the coaching titans of boxing is the new fad amongst the MMA elite who have several grand burning a hole in their pockets. The thought of a BJ Penn with even better striking is pretty scary, but I do wonder how much one can improve off two week’s training. I suppose ‘The Prodigy’ isn’t just a cool nickname – Penn earned his BJJ black belt in 3 years flat. But the last time I checked, boxing doesn’t work very well when you’re on your back – you know, where Jon Fitch puts everyone?
After the jump, NickTheFace’s excellent preview for BJ Penn vs Jon Fitch.