MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Outrageous BJ Penn Claim of the Day: Rory MacDonald Pulled Out of Fight Because ‘He Knew He Wasn’t Gonna Win’


(BJ Penn is the ultimate killing machine. Seriously, do you know how many shrimp had to die in order to make his lunch?)

Unless your name is Ken Shamrock, you probably wouldn’t carve a second mouth into your face in order to avoid a fight that you already agreed to. And yet, BJ Penn is questioning Rory MacDonald‘s excuse for withdrawing from their scheduled meeting at UFC 152, claiming that the young Canadian pulled out because he knew he wasn’t going to win, and that withdrawing from a fight due to a cut is a cowardly move in the first place. Here’s what Penn told Sherdog in an interview published yesterday; roll up your pants because the bullshit is about to get deep in here…

I know the reason why Rory pulled out on September 22nd. The cut is a detail but I know the reason why he pulled out is ’cause he knew he wasn’t gonna win. If he let that cut heal, tried to train, whatever it was, whether he should have been in shape already…I’ve never heard of a guy pulling out of a fight 10 weeks early from a cut. [Ed. note: It was actually seven weeks early, but you can't blame Penn for rounding up in order to make a point.] Never in my life have I heard of a guy, 10 weeks before a fight, he got cut, he pulled out. You know what I mean? He feels he has to do what’s best for him, for his team, they’re gonna do that, but it’s 100 percent fact that the reason why they pulled out is because they knew they were gonna lose on September 22nd. If not, you wouldn’t pull out.

Like I said, I had a cut on my eye, 13 stitches inside and out five weeks before the Diaz fight. I didn’t care. Opened up from eight weeks, opened up every week all the way up to the fifth week before the Diaz fight but did I ever think about pulling out? Not even *once*. Why? Because I owe it to the fans, I owe it to the UFC, I even owe it to Nick Diaz to show up to the fight. If you’re gonna tell the guy you’re gonna go to the fight, go to the fight.”

Now, the idea of a young killer like MacDonald ducking the declining Penn — who has won just a single fight since 2009 — well, that’s absolutely positively fucktarded, right? Either Penn is trolling to get inside Rory’s head, or he’s delusional enough to actually believe the words that are coming out of his own face. Personally, I’m going to go with option B. Penn suffers from the same condition that afflicts Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz, where you still consider yourself the best in the world despite all evidence to the contrary.

Directly after Penn gave that quote, Sherdog’s Greg Savage suggests that maybe Rory pulled out because he didn’t want to be subjected to random drug testing. Now that’s a conspiracy theory worth jumping on, but BJ doesn’t really take the bait. Nope, he’s going to stick with his original story: Rory MacDonald — a guy who dominated Nate Diaz before utterly destroying Mike Pyle and Che Mills — is terrified of meeting BJ Penn in the year 2012. Sure thing, brah.

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Mr_Misanthropy- August 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm
...Maybe MMA's not safer than boxing... All these guys that have been in the game for a while get all punchy and weird and show frightening signs of early onset dementia..
HEY- August 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm
I'll have whatever HE'S smoking! Gimmie some of that sweet, sweet crack cocaine!!!
algiersheadkick504- August 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm
makes sense bj! im calling bj first round rnc!!!!

...yeah bjs getting fucked up he is trying to seem badass as long as he can before an embarassing beating and retirement
BaghdadBob- August 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm
It's always best to pull out, BJ.
Nippletwist- August 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm
eh his fight against nate was pretty close, pretty much just a lay n pray match without any significant damage done either way. considering nate was out of his weight class in that fight it was a actually a pretty weak performance by macdonald to not even do any damage and squeak out a decision. eh whatever i guess when your on the media hype-train just about anything can qualify as dominance. bjs got no chance of winning this fight tho hes gonna get wrestled around and then complain after the fight. macdonalds gonna really need to step up his standup game tho if he wants to be a top contender because standing against nate and even before he took che down he looked pretty lost. hed prolly get schooled by guys who arent smaller than him like kos that he can't take down and sit on.
amsterdamheavy- August 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm
I dunno man, I love Nate but he got dirt-bounced REPEATEDLY in that fight and he was unable to work effectively from the bottom which we know he pretty goddamn good at...once your one the ground the minor discrepancies in weight mean less
nomomrnicekyle- August 16, 2012 at 9:59 am
McDonald cut his eye not because he thought he was going to lose, because he thought he would fail the VADA testing and that the was the only way out. Think about it, its the type of injury that isn't fake because anything else wouldve been disproven by a doctor, but its not the type of injury that will debilitate his career. He made the choice to cut his own eye because a little bit of scarring is better than completely derailing his career and being labeled a cheater.
Clyde- August 16, 2012 at 9:42 am
Don't come in here with your facts and rational arguments, Yuri; reason has no place in the comments section. In fact I'm usually surprised when it's in the main article.
rngeorgeh- August 16, 2012 at 9:40 am
If Penn had a widows peak he would look like a Steven Seagal mini-me!
King of The Couch- August 16, 2012 at 9:34 am
Apparently BJ has a very short memory. He seems to be forgetting what happened to him when he tried this strategy with GSP. Bad move Mr. Penn... bad move.
Yuri4980- August 16, 2012 at 8:59 am
The thing is he has a no contact order for 1 month. That puts him with about 2.5 weeks to finish cutting and preparing for a fight. Not to mention that that includes fight week where you are supposed to be putting the final pieces together and not making up for lost time.
Grandmas Nutmeg- August 16, 2012 at 8:40 am
I'm not an intelligent man, but can someone explain to me the relevance of the picture of the math teacher, the rapper, and the grocery store bagger with downs syndrome in regards to BJ Penn?
raton- August 16, 2012 at 8:03 am
7 weeks.
raton- August 16, 2012 at 7:57 am
I actually thought the same thing when I heard Rory pulled out of the fight. 7 months seems like a shit load of time to heal from a laceration. This guy (http://practicalplasticsurgery.org/docs/Practical_16.pdf) got his forehead peeled back and the wound was completely closed in a month.
MorningwoodII- August 16, 2012 at 7:33 am
Wish you had a picture of what the offspring would look like if Rashad Evans had sex with an Asian dude?
bgoldstein- August 16, 2012 at 7:23 am
@Fletch: Yes, but that's a recent picture...that's seriously how he looks when he's preparing for a welterweight fight.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 16, 2012 at 8:54 am
Haha, he looks like he is preparing for a HW buffet eating contest.
The12ozCurls- August 16, 2012 at 8:34 am
Shoulda used the picture with BJ and Val Kilmer again. That is one of my all-time favorites. "Hell Yes I've been to Pecos!"
Fletch the V Stretch- August 16, 2012 at 8:55 am
Also a good one!
Fletch the V Stretch- August 16, 2012 at 7:09 am
Gotta love how you use all the fat pictures of BJ Pen. Remember like 2-3 years ago when "no one would ever beat him at LW"
Mr_Misanthropy- August 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm
that was before he got fat as shit
Grandmas Nutmeg- August 16, 2012 at 7:08 am
Senility is taking its toll on BJ, I hope I'm not that bad when I'm 33.
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