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B.J. Penn: “I’m trying to get up to AKA but Fitch is trying to give me some problems about that.”

When iconic former UFC champion B.J. Penn announced the end of his brief retirement he likely thought the only welterweight he’d be butting heads with in the coming months was UFC 152 opponent Rory MacDonald. However, it looks like “The Prodigy” has found himself in a fight with Jon Fitch as well with the clash coming as a result of Penn’s desire to spend some time training at American Kickboxing Academy.

“I’m trying to get up to AKA but Fitch is trying to give me some problems about that. All Jon Fitch has to do is look on the wall, at whose picture is on the wall holding the belt. That’s all Jon Fitch has to know,” said Penn in the first of a series of video blogs chronicling his preparation for the September scrap with MacDonald.

Though Penn spent time at AKA years ago, the gym has been Fitch’s home-base for the bulk of his career. The two have been rivals since they fought to a Draw in February 2011, spurring a handful of online incidents involving trash-talk. They were supposed to meet in a rematch last year but injuries prevented the pairing from ever coming together.

Penn’s vlog can be found below where he also talks about his decision to undergo VADA testing leading up to UFC 152:

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC