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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.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Hey Fitch why don’t you step up and fight Jake Ellenberger??? Or are you scared of getting knocked the fuck out again.

    “We’ve got fighters who come to fight, fighters who will face anyone…”

    LOL… Fitch comes to point fight…and I clearly remember Fitch throwing a fit and saying he was at the point in his career where he should only be fighting fighters to enhance his standings like champions and former champions… BJ actually has earned that right and he’s coming out of retirement to fight a fighter he wants to fight, you Fitch not so much…

    Fitch is looking to get back into the mix with a big fight swooping in on MacDonalds misfortune and seeing BJ as his golden ticket back into contention… sorry Fitch but there is way to many contenders in your weight class for you to make a B line to the top.

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  • sdouglasmc says:

    Maybe Fitch is looking at it from a fighter’s perspective and that could certainly be different than my perspective. It just makes no sense to me when ‘coward’ gets thrown out there in the fight game.

    You want to say BJ is trying to put himself into the best ‘no-lose’ situation, that’s fine, but anybody willing to step into a ring or cage to earn a living is no coward.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    BJ’s the last person you can call a coward – I don’t see Fitch going up to LHW to fight Lyoto Machida.

    Now calling him a whiner, or a sore loser maybe. Coward? No sir.

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  • Big Stank says:

    “We’ve got fighters who come to fight, fighters who will face anyone and don’t hide,”

    Fitch / Kos / Swick…. Need I say more?

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    +1 Big Stank, thinking about that really makes you wonder how Fitch can call anyone a coward using that definition.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    The most ironic thing is that Fitch is already scheduled to fight brazilian KO artist Erick Silva so he’s the one looking like a coward calling out BJ when he’s booked against a younger, tougher, more hungry opponent (not to mention bigger). Fitch outweighs BJ by a good 15-20 lbs and he’s calling BJ the coward?

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Obviously Fitch is trying to bait Penn into fighting him at UFC 153, nothing more.

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  • Big Stank says:

    Fitch should just shut up, does he understand that I’d rather get teeth pulled than to pay to watch one his fights. I hope Silva knocks him out in the 1st round.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    All of a sudden fitch is a bully? Bj s not welcome @ ” his ” gym? Ha. Im sure anyone in the fight game can learn something from bj who has ufc belts under his name. Fitch has nothing but a k o loss and a come back fight. If he gets ko ed again he should shut his mouth.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I hope this is tomorrows headline:

    “B.J. Penn labels Jon Fitch as a “Fitch” & accuses him of “Fitchin’ ” “

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Whether I agree or not, at least Fitch is showing some semblance of a personality. If Kos gave him a quick seminar on How To Be a World-Class Douchebag then Fitch could finally learn how to sell a fight. I know he’ll never change his style, but people would at least want to tune in.

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  • Big Stank says:

    So who’s the thumbs down guy? If u don’t agree at least say why. R u a coward?

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  • @The Gunner: Fitch has a hell of a better record than BJ Penn and also laid down a horrendous beating on BJ that should’ve been a stoppage(150+ unanswered punches= a stopppage in most fights but Penn’s toughness had saved him from a stoppage from GSP midround like it should’ve happened.),
    I like Fitch’s tactic, bait Penn, rattle some cages and then come out and beat him convincingly(of course assuming he took the fight). Fitch is one of the best fighters in the history of MMA to never hold a belt. Is he boring? To some, but he’s also got alot of convincing wins and very few losses, only two in the last ten years.
    Either way, Penn should step up to the plate on this one and not let Fitch’s accusation become truth.

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