BJ Penn has aired his side regarding his involvement in an ugly altercation that recently went viral online.
The 40-year old fighter was the centre of discussion in social media after videos of him throwing hands at a bar in Hawaii surfaced last week.
Penn was first seen pounding a guy on the ground before getting knocked out cold in the street.
In an interview with TSN, Penn addressed the issue and said he was not the one who instigated the brawl.
“I’m at a concert going to meet a friend of mine that I knew since we were real young kids and I’m over there, and then an acquaintance of mine, he gets mad about something.”
“You know, something was said or what or if it was an old past thing and then he wants to fight about it. I’m like, ‘Naw naw,’ we’ve got a lot of witnesses, everybody can corroborate my story.”
“I’m like, ‘No, no, no, I don’t want to fight. We’re friends, everything’s cool,’ this and that.”
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) August 28, 2019
Not The Whole Story
Continuing, Penn shared that he even offered the guy a hug but, instead, got a two-piece punch as a response.
“He even walks outside and I’m thinking, ‘Aw, this is silly.’ I’m going to go get him, calm him down, come back inside, we’ll come enjoy the concert, we’ve got some other friends there.”
“I walk outside to go give the guy a hug and then he hits me twice. I’m like, ‘No, no, calm down.’ I try to give him another hug and he hits me a couple more times and then he hits me again.”
The former UFC champion said the videos that went viral did not tell the whole story.
“I wish they didn’t cut the video in half so whoever put that video up cut it in half, I wish they had the whole thing that showed me trying to hug the guy.”
“Finally, my adrenaline kicked up because he was hitting me so much, I’m like, ‘Go ahead, hit me again.’ But really, I thought the guy would eventually just be like, ‘You know what? Forget it, B.J.,’ give me a hug or whatever, walk away.”
“He hit me and he hit me good. Knocked me down. And then when I got back up he tried it again and then I just had to defend myself. So that’s what you see in the second video.”
“Whoever put that video up cut it in half, I wish they had the whole thing that showed me trying to hug the guy.”https://t.co/h7PUjOlUbh
— khon2 News (@KHONnews) September 5, 2019
Calling For Retirement
The 40-year old Penn has 16 wins, 15 losses, and two draws in his 33-fight MMA career and fans are now urging him to hang up his gloves after a string of defeats.
His most recent outing was against Clay Guida at UFC 237 in Brazil, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss, which continued the winning drought that hit Penn since 2011.
Before this fight, Penn absorbed his first submission loss in the hands of Ryan Hall in the preliminary card of UFC 232.
Banking on his iconic roll to heel hook, the grappling specialist forced the legendary Penn to tap out in the first round.
Penn is considered as one of the MMA legends after winning multiple titles in different UFC weight classes and for his impressive performance against welterweight champions, Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes.
BJ Penn discusses videos of his bar brawl https://t.co/ZuFNAsz4I6
— MMA News (@mmanews_com) September 4, 2019
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