MENU
#Conor McGregor #Bellator 179 #UFC 211 #Rory MacDonald #Paul Daley #Nate Diaz #Hayder Hassan #Dhiego Lima #Joanna Jedrzejczyk #Jon Jones #UFC 202 #Stipe Miocic #Demian Maia #Junior dos Santos


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.”

Penn, 30, welcomed his first child, daughter Aeva, to the growing Hilo clan in October 2008. However, the new father spent a substantial amount of time thereafter promoting and training for his Jan. 31 mega-fight against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94 in Las Vegas.

St. Pierre pummeled Penn (13-5-1) for the majority of four rounds in their 170-pound contest until the Hawaiian’s cornermen called it quits before the last stanza. The bout's outcome has been hotly contested by allegations that St. Pierre's corner used Vaseline to grease the Canadian and keep him out of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt's grasp. Now Penn's camp wants their fighter to receive all the time he needs to re-group for his bout with Florian.

“We are still negotiating the fight,” the elder Penn said. “No date [is] scheduled, but we are thinking late July or early August.”

The UFC might be anxious for their talented lightweight champion to return to the division where he’s had the most success, but Penn has always moved to the beat of his own drum. Penn, who comes from a wealthy background, has been unhindered by the usual financial burdens other fighters have had to bare. In fact, the shortest time Penn has paused between fights since his return to the Octagon in 2006 has been four months, though he’s averaged closer to half-year hiatuses in all other cases.

Photo by Sherdog.com


Kenny Florian will have
to wait for B.J. Penn.

Florian, who earned his shot at the vaunted lightweight with a tour de force first-round submission over Joe Stevenson at UFC 91 last November, said the UFC had voiced tentative plans for a June 13 showdown.

“I talked to my manager Joe Cavallaro today and [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva told him June 13,” Florian said to Sherdog.com on Monday. “That was the date they wanted because they wanted it to be the main event and the only main event. That’s what fight made the most amount of sense for June 13. July [11, UFC 100] apparently is backed up, so July’s probably out of the question, and August…”

Though it’s far from finalized and the promotion will have the final say in determining the bout’s date, an even-handed Florian (11-3) said he’d be willing to wait if he had to, especially if it meant it would produce Penn at his best.

“For me, it’s the fight that I want and it’s the fight he wants and we both need to come to terms on it, so if that’s what I need to do to make it happen, if I have to wait, then I have no choice,” he said.

Florian, 32, said he could adjust his training as needed. Still, a postponed date would effect the Boston native in a way the affluent Penn family never has to worry about.

“Schedule-wise it makes it a little difficult because money-wise, you expect a certain amount to come in and I’ve been trying to budget things accordingly,” said Florian, who earned $80,000 for his last win. “It might be a little tougher now.”

Still, the would-be challenger kept his chin up.

“Maybe they’ll say it’s in Boston,” he laughed.

Tim Leidecker contributed to this report.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Future champ? McGregor adds new member to family

  • 14 days ago
  • 4 views

On Sunday, UFC champ Conor McGregor and longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin welcomed a new member to their family, Conor McGregor Jr. It didn’t take long for the champ to send out a challenge: Look out fo read news >>

Fighters on the rise at UFC 211 this weekend

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 views

Fight week for the most anticipated event of the year is upon us and the UFC 211 main card is as powerful and packed with compelling fights as any event in recent memory, but the awesomeness isn’t ex read news >>

UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 Fantasy Cheat Sheet

  • 14 days ago
  • 3 views

In today's fantasy preview, we'll break down all the big fights in Saturday night's UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 and tell you who has the edge. read news >>

Demian Maia, Nate Diaz and the Best Active UFC Fighters to Never Win UFC Gold

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 views

Marino. Malone. Moss. Maia? The jiu-jitsu world champ and current UFC contender has torn off six straight wins, several of them over the company's top welterweights. However, at age 39, the end of De read news >>

UFC 211 Inside the Octagon: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 16 views

Inside The Octagon is back as John Gooden and Dan Hardy break down the championship main event of UFC 211 between Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos. read news >>

Fans invited to Rose Namajunas, Derrick Lewis special workouts ahead of UFC 211 in Dallas

  • 13 days ago
  • 12 views

Fans in the Dallas area or heading there for this week’s UFC 211 card already had great chances queued up to see the fighters. Now they get a bonus.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Video: Hardy, Gooden break down Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade at UFC 211

  • 13 days ago
  • 26 views

Ahead of UFC 211, UFC Fight Pass analyst Dan Hardy and broadcast partner John Gooden break down Saturday’s co-main event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 211 prelims pre-event facts: Can Eddie Alvarez rebound from shortest 155 reign in UFC history?

  • 13 days ago
  • 10 views

Check out all the facts you need to know ahead of the prelims for UFC 211, which are headlined by a lightweight bout between former champ Eddie Alvarez and Dustin PoirierFiled under: Featured, News, read news >>

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC 211's Junior Dos Santos, Zach Makovsky

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Junior Dos Santos and Zach Makovsky.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2441 with UFC lightweight Edson Barboza, Alex Davis

  • 13 days ago
  • 3 views

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Edson Barboza and Alex Davis.Filed under: News, Radio, UFC read news >>