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Jon Fitch labels B.J. Penn as a “coward”

Former UFC welterweight #1 contender Jon Fitch still wants B.J. Penn and isn’t afraid to let the world know it. Penn, a former UFC champion, recently lost his scheduled opponent for UFC 152 in Rory MacDonald after the Canadian youngster suffered a cut in training.

While several fighters have made their plea to step in and face Penn, no move has been confirmed by the UFC regarding whether “The Prodigy” will remain on the September card, fight a different opponent, or wait for MacDonald to heal.

During a recent media call to help promote the American Kickboxing Academy reality series Fight Factory, Fitch discussed Penn and had a few less-than complimentary things to say about the popular pugilist.

“We’ve got fighters who come to fight, fighters who will face anyone and don’t hide,” Fitch said of AKA. “You’ve also got cowards out there like BJ Penn who say they want to fight people but then they run and hide. Yes, he’s a coward.”

The former Purdue Boilermaker wrestler spoke up after MacDonald withdrew, calling for Penn to face him in Rio de Janeiro. Penn has yet to respond to his challenge.

Also addressed were Penn’s recent comments relating to his attempt to get into AKA to prepare for the bout with MacDonald but being unable to do so due to Fitch aversion to the idea. Fitch confirmed that to be true, adding, “He wouldn’t be welcomed (at the gym).”

Fitch is currently set to face Erick Silva at UFC 153 in October from Brazil if nothing changes with Penn. The two fought to a Draw in early 2011.