In B.J. Penn’s latest video blog he answers some fan mail and discusses his ongoing case against Georges St. Pierre that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has basically decided to hear, but do absolutely nothing in response to. Penn seems to be blaming the NSAC’s Keith Kizer, saying he “can’t be trusted” and insisting that he has “no interest in fighting in Nevada or Las Vegas ever again.”
Just to clarify, that’s the UFC’s home base that he’s talking about – the city where the majority of their events are held. And here the UFC lightweight champ says he doesn’t want to fight there ever again because the commission is made up of a bunch of shady ne’er-do-wells. This could be a problem.
Penn’s not the first fighter to get pissed off at a specific state athletic commission and declare himself unwilling to deal with them again. After his positive steroid test following his win over Hermes Franca at UFC 73 in Sacramento, and the ensuing clusterfuck of an appeal in the months afterward, Sean Sherk said he didn’t ever want to fight in California again. So far, he hasn’t.
But that’s a little easier to do in California, which the UFC hasn’t been back to since September of 2007, than it is in Vegas. Counting the TUF 9 Finale, the UFC will have three events in Vegas over the next three months. Obviously they’re traveling around enough these days that they could keep Penn out of Nevada if absolutely necessary, but it’s safe to say the UFC isn’t going to be too happy about having to work around Penn’s self-imposed travel limitations.
Personally, I don’t know what Penn’s thinking. Hasn’t he ever been to the M&M’s store on the Vegas strip? Is he sure he wants to deny himself that world of wonders from here on out?