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BJ Penn Quits ‘UFC Primetime’ Over Negative Portrayal

("I never thought I’d meet someone who enjoyed licking people’s blood as much as I do. Thanks eHarmony!" Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

Well this isn’t good. Displeased with his portrayal as a spoiled brat on last week’s debut episode of UFC Primetime, BJ Penn has responded by…acting like a spoiled brat. According to MMA Junkie:

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 [to be] 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.

As on HBO’s boxing series 24/7 — from which Primetime takes many cues — the fighters on the UFC hype-show are set up as dueling opposites right from the beginning. Georges St. Pierre is the tireless hard-worker who struggled for everything he has and now enjoys wearing expensive suits, while Penn is the blessed-from-birth party-boy who sees no problem in taking five days off from training three weeks before the fight of his life, and generally prefers the RVCA t-shirt and shorts look. Obviously, those characterizations are exaggerated to create drama for the show — I don’t think anyone really believes that Penn isn’t taking this fight seriously — but nevertheless they got under the Prodigy’s skin and now he’s pulling the ultimate diva move and throwing a wrench into the UFC’s new multi-million dollar promotional tool.

Episode 2 of UFC Primetime airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV, and the third and final episode will likely air next Wednesday, with or without Penn’s participation. We’re more concerned about the mental distraction that Penn might be facing at this point. A week ago he was a happy-go-lucky dude, catching some rays in Kona. Now he’s dodging furious phone calls from Dana White, while MMA fans across the country are calling him a lazy little punk. Will he be able to keep all of that out of his head on the 31st? Or is this a manufactured move to draw even more heat behind the matchup?

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backsidefive- January 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Great fighter and solid brand to support him. BJ Penn definitely grinds harder!
Team GSP- January 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm
BJ Penn is such a punk, Oh, I don't like how I'm portrayed on TV. BJ's really living up to the name Baby-J or should I say Baby-Gay. Oh yeah right, he's the one who called GSP a quitter. I hope GSP shuts this douche bag up once and sends him crying all the way back to lightweight division where he belongs.
Anonymous- January 22, 2009 at 5:06 am
Who's the cunt?
Da Truth- January 22, 2009 at 2:02 am
Perhaps Penn one of the best pound for pound fighters in the World took exception that his traning camp was being continually being interupted by some trumped up no talent 'promoter' spamming his cell phone, home phone and BROTHERS phone [wtf] with BS 'You bedder be phukn tranin' messages.

Penn to Dana: "Phuk off Dana You closet homo go back to playing XBOX and doing your shithouse blogs and leave me to train my own phuking way"
Tek8- January 21, 2009 at 10:03 pm
Long time MMA follower. I use to love BJ but now I realize he's as bad as Tito. I've seen fights of his where after his win Joe would ask him "what do you think of your performance?" He would just say "you want to know what BJ thinks? go to".
Hey BJ, go fuck your-so-full-of-yourself attitude.
You and Tito should get a room....bitches.
Humble your ass down.
ADW- January 21, 2009 at 8:26 pm
That is bullshit how they portrayed BJ the first episode! BJ is still a champ and he trains like a champ. This shit has a spin to it. I think that they are doing this to create more hype or maybe BJ did this on purpose to fool GSP into underestimating him.
Anonymous- January 21, 2009 at 8:26 pm
Anyone see what BJ is holding in his hand other then his cell phone?
Keyser Soze- January 21, 2009 at 6:48 pm
The hawaiian bobblehead playing possum? Possibly. The cameras gettting into BJ's head? Possibly. Penn calling GSP a quitter, then quitting himself? Ironic.

Personally I hope that an angry, motivated and determined Penn shows up on the 31rst. That way, when GSP knocks his arrogant ass back to the LW division for the 2nd time, Penn won't have any excuses.

I think Junie Browning, War Machine, Michael Bisping, Nate Diaz, Matt Hughes, and BJ Penn should just have an mma royal rumble in the octagon with all the losers going to fight in Japan for sushi and cheap karaoke strippers permanently. The winner should just be traded to Affliction for Fedor and vodka.
WAR BONG- January 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm
who needs Scoops???

Ben Dover- January 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm
Dana White needs an intervention. Some disinterested but qualified 3rd party needs to step in and say "You need to calm down. You've bought your own hype. You're acting like KISS when they started selling merchandising rights for toilet scrubbers and releasing concept albums."
Ben Dover- January 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm
Would you eat bean dip out of her ass with Tostitos Scoops?
The Irish Wolfhound- January 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm
Firstly, BJ's girl is smokin. Now, to less important matters, im not a Penn fan, far from it, but if i was helping promote a fight and they made me out to look like a spoiled lazy silver spoon in the mouth kinda guy i wouldnt be happy either.
kosterzoo- January 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm
"Fortunately UFC was able to fill up the remainder of the final show with interactions between BJ Penn and Andy Wang"
wtf069- January 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm
to tha death, i would bang bjs girl to the death....and im not joking about this...
Anonymous- January 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm
@ shitwhistle

OBI says "If I was training for the fight of my life....."

Something tells me the fight of your life would involve a feisty eight year old, duct tape and homemade chloroform.


How did you know about the chloroform?

...and we weren't fighting...we were...uh...wrestling?


Now can I call my lawyer?
NECROPHYTE- January 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm
Baby J, ur acting like Baby Gay right now...
Canadian hoser- January 21, 2009 at 3:30 pm
and he called st. pierre a quitter
Jugger- January 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm
I think it's funny that your article includes these two sentences in consecutive paragraphs...

"I don't think anyone really believes that Penn isn't taking this fight seriously"

"...while MMA fans across the country are calling him a lazy little punk."

Make up your mind CP.
Imbecile- January 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm
BJ has always been a piece of shit, and nothing has changed.

Good to see he and his girlfriend have matching muffin-tops, though.
Jay Smith- January 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm
I don't know why everyone has made a big deal about him taking 5 days off. I have heard of several fighters that take a few days off a few weeks before the fight to make sure they "peak" right at the time of the fight. Give the little blood licking, rich pussy a break.
I think I spermed in my pants a little bit after looking at his girl lelo.
machete for hands- January 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Billy Bad Ass Says:
Wed, 01/21/2009 - 14:26

Who's forehead is bigger? BJ's or his woman's?

the real question should be whos tits are bigger? BJ's or his woman's?
Billy Bad Ass- January 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm
Who's forehead is bigger? BJ's or his woman's?
ruckus- January 21, 2009 at 2:15 pm
This is a pretty odd thing to do. Hopefully it is him just throwing a tantrum. Seems to me that a smart fighter would let false information about his readiness go out to as many people as possible. Even more seriously, it seems to me that a smart fighter wouldn't be watching these produced shows on him and his opponent 1 month before the fight.

I've got 20 bucks and a little pride on the line in this fight. I put it on Penn... I really hope his mental game is stronger than it is looking right now.
machete for hands- January 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm

@Ozone Says:
Wed, 01/21/2009 - 13:01

Does this mean we have to hear more french rap in the final episode

machete for hands- January 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm
his girlfriend is wife material for sure


only ten more days!!!!!!!!!