It’s hard to pin-point exactly where it started, but UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn has had a blood lust comparable to Vlad the Impaler dating back to his first bout with Matt Hughes.
What appeared to be a “good game” kiss following Penn’s first round submission of the defending welterweight champion way back in January of 2004 was further revealed to be nothing more than a sampling of human bean juice for the dominant champion from Hilo. Since that bout Penn can be seen tasting the blood of his victims following beatdowns of Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, and most recently, Diego Sanchez.
According to Penn in a recent interview with the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, he was actually encouraged to drink Diego’s blood in his last bout.
“(Boxing trainer) Jason Parillo said, ‘Go out there. I want you to be the crazy blood licker. I want you to kill this guy,’” said Penn.
Of course, the first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have a problem in the first place. B.J. seems to be on his way.
“I gotta stop doing that,” said Penn. “You get so crazy when you’re in there, you just don’t know what you’re doing sometimes.”