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BJ Penn Training With Floyd Mayweather Sr. to Prepare for UFC 127 Fight With Jon Fitch

("Minced martial arts is great. I watch it all the time.")

It looks like former UFC lightweight and welterweight champ BJ Penn has brought in a new secret weapon to help him prepare for upcoming UFC 127 bout with perennial contender Jon Fitch in Australia.

Fight Hype is reporting that “The Prodigy” has spent some time in Las Vegas honing his pugilistic skills with acclaimed boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior.

The father of IBO, IBA, IBF and WBC welterweight and WBC super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Junior, Senior has trained several top boxers including his son, Oscar De La Hoya, Leila Ali, Ricky Hatton, Joan Guzman and Chad Dawson.

“Joy” says that when “The Prodigy” first showed up at his gym, his nickname didn’t seem to be an accurate description of the Hilo, Hawaii native’s fighting prowess, but with a few days of his tutelage, Penn picked up a lot.

“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,” he says. “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.”

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According to Mayweather, a former colleague who is now Penn’s strength and conditioning coach and the boxing trainer of Strikeforce standout KJ Noons facilitated the pairing.

“Well, you know his strength and conditioning coach is Robert Garcia. Robert was Oscar [De la Hoya]’s strength coach when I was with him, so he brought BJ down and we doing some stuff together,” explains Mayweather. “He was only supposed to be down here for a week, but he said he’s learning so much that he’s gonna stay two. If they really want him to win this thing and look good, I would like to have him for three to four weeks, but trust me, the stuff I’m showing him in these two weeks will work if he uses it…trust me.”

Mayweather says that two of the main things they worked on were adjusting BJ’s stand-up to help him deal with a larger opponent like Fitch and tweaking Penn’s style to be more like a boxer’s – two areas that he thinks will pay dividends in his next fight.

“I heard [Fitch] is about six foot tall and cuts a good bit of weight to make 170 pounds, but guess what? 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,” he says. “Let me tell you something, man, if he uses it, then it will work…I got BJ working on something just for a taller opponent. I don’t know what BJ’s ground game is like at all, but if he uses what I’m showing him, he won’t need it. Trust me when I tell you now.”

As far as training MMA fighters goes, Mayweather says that he embraces the opportunity to share his expertise, just don’t ask him to name the difference between an armbar or a triangle because he says he’s about as knowledgeable as Gus Johnson when it comes to that area of expertise.

“I work with a couple [MMA fighters] now and I’m all for it,” he explains. “I don’t know shit about that ground stuff, but I can get their defense tight and get them throwing their shots right..”

FMS couldn’t get through the interview without throwing a jab at his arch nemesis, Freddie Roach who Penn spent time with in the past and who De La Hoya opted to train with over him for his 2007 showdown with “Pretty Boy” Floyd.

“I bet [BJ] ain’t going back [to Freddie Roach] either,” Mayweather Sr. asserts. “He worked with Freddie “The Joke Coach” Roach and he telling me he has never seen 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.”

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Get Off Me- January 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm
The Slickster looks old.
Steve W- January 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm
Not sure how this is going to help when a 200lb wrestler holds onto your waist for fifteen minutes. Unless Floyd Sr. showed him some super secret over-the-shoulder knockout punch.
BryanF- January 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Floyd Mayweather Sr. VS Freddie Roach for the "Old Balls Championship of the World"!!!!!
AndyInflammatory- January 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm
I wonder if F.M.snr has a Golden Radio Voice...?

...yeah but I doubt that B.J is legitimately trying to come up with a boxing strategy to beat Fitch - he had an opportunity to work with a big name and took it for a couple of weeks. We don't get to see the rest of his training because it's with no-names and is probably the same old thing he's being doing for years.
Peppered 2 Death- January 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm
From first glance at the picture, I thought someone was trying to get some more attention and one up the Cleveland Cavs move earlier this week and offer a job to an even worse looking homeless guy.
twoleftfeet- January 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm
You guys have seen the family Guy that SR was on right?
ccman- January 6, 2011 at 11:40 am
Lesson 3. How to go from the top of the fight game to prison. Guest speakers will be tyson, jr. And hurricane. Remember, if your good laws do not apply to you.
El Guapo- January 6, 2011 at 11:25 am
Why's Mayweather licking his gums and shit in that picture??

Ohhhhh, right, the criznack. Nevermind.
Clyde- January 6, 2011 at 10:43 am
Yeah... if I had at times been hailed as having some of the best hands in MMA, boxing would not be my primary focus when training for Fitch.

Lets just hope BJ is just mentioning the fact that he's changed boxing coaches but is still spending about 80% of his waking life sprawling like Bambi on ice.
Art Gibs- January 6, 2011 at 10:34 am
This is a straight copy and paste job from the Fight Hype article. You haven't added anything. No humor, no nothing. Why not just post the link, then? Ridiculous.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 6, 2011 at 10:20 am
Fuck all dat mma shit. This fight won't hit the gound anyway. I think Fitch will just try to outbox BJ. Brilliant move guys!
RearNakedSpoon- January 6, 2011 at 10:19 am
Great, BJ is well trained for a stand-up battle that will never happen against Fitch.
Waxedpants- January 6, 2011 at 10:07 am
Stankowicz def. Mayweather via old man stank breath

RwilsonR- January 6, 2011 at 10:04 am
I would love to see an exhibition boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Al "Stanky" Stankowicz. Don't even try to tell me you wouldn't want to see that!
Waxedpants- January 6, 2011 at 9:57 am
this guy is batshit crazy ...... more please
cecils_pupils- January 6, 2011 at 9:55 am
Aside from boxing technique, Floyd senior is also training BJ how to beat his baby momma and hate the white man.
Smitty- January 6, 2011 at 9:24 am
In the 2011 Dave Chappel "Race Draft", we'll be letting Floyd Mayweather Sr go, and we'll take Mike Russel.
RwilsonR- January 6, 2011 at 9:13 am
@ danomite - BJ is trying to improve his boxing because he is only slightly smarter than Mayweather Sr. He got out-boxed by Edgar, so he thinks he needs to work on that, and doesn't think much beyond that, or about who he is fighting next. As evidenced by the Edgar fights, BJ isn't much of a gameplanner. BJ still doesn't realize that the reason behind most of the fights he loses is because he is stupid, has poor work ethic, and has very little heart. He is too dumb to change something that isn't working for him, he has questionable cardio is the pace is pushed, and he gets frustrated when things aren't going his way and he gives up. But no doubt he'll be given more undeserved title shots very soon. Thus is the legend of BJ Penn.
Sudos KFC- January 6, 2011 at 8:57 am
@videodrome totally agreed

@el famous burrito very fucking funny
Sudos KFC- January 6, 2011 at 8:56 am
"BJ Penn couldnt fight very good"

Man boxers just dont get it. THEY suck when it comes to actual fighting and don't even know it. I would take a high school wrestler over Mayweather in a fight.

Confusing "punching" with "fighting" FTL
831 Father- January 6, 2011 at 8:56 am
BJ's Strength/Conditioning coach is Robert Garcia? Hated that guy on the Pacman/Margarito 24/7.
El Famous Burrito- January 6, 2011 at 8:55 am
Yep, this should help BJ out against the fearsome striking attack of Jon Fitch.

Videodrome_NOW- January 6, 2011 at 8:54 am
Big wonder why his son is a pile of shit. This guy doesn't know shit about MMA, because if he did, he would be saying, "BJ, there ain't shit I'm going to show that's going to keep Fitch from taking your little ass down and holding you there for three rounds."
SumDumGuy- January 6, 2011 at 8:52 am
Fuck yo' couch nigga! Fuck yo' couch!
danomite- January 6, 2011 at 8:41 am
BJ could probably out-strike Fitch with one hand tied behind his back so why is he trying to improve his striking now? Maybe he's planning on hopping in th WABAC machine and using it against Edgar. He should be working on Takedown defense, sweeps, and submissions off his back instead of trying to improve the area where he already has a major advantage.

It's strange, but Floyd Sr. is actually dumber than that picture makes him appear.