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Dana White responds to recent anti-UFC comments made by former UFC fighters Jon Fitch and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

You knew Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White wasn’t going to let recent comments by disgruntled ex-employees Jon Fitch and Quinton Jackson go without a response, and on Thursday (June 6, 2013) evening he gave one loaded with hard-hitting material.

When Fitch came out swinging on the World Series of Fighting (WSOF): “Fitch vs. Burkman” media call on Thursday afternoon, it was clear there were more hard feelings than original appeared as the fighter complained about mistreatment during his time with the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization prior to his release earlier this year.

“From very early on I was fighting for my job every single fight,” he said. “They made it clear to me that they didn’t like me or want me around. It’s awesome to have people working with me instead of against me.”

“I’m proud of my history, I’m proud of what I’ve done. I’m even more proud of what I’ve done under the circumstances. It’s not easy to be successful in a hostile work environment. Anyone who’s worked in any profession that had to go through that knows that for a fact. I feel like I have double the wins because of the circumstances that I fought against.”

The 35-year-old detailed multiple scenarios where he felt he was being mistreated and also claimed he was also threatened with a lesser paying contract in the event he lost a fight inside the Octagon.

If true, Fitch’s comments are quite sobering of what could be going on behind-the-scenes, however, White adamantly denied the claims and retorted by listing out all the opportunities and over $300,000 in additional financial bonuses the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product was given during his nearly eight-year, 18-fight stint with his organization.

“Jon Fitch said he was working under a hostile work environment and that he never had an opportunity and should have double the wins he had with us,” White exclusively told MMA Junkie. “He was complaining about what he had to go through here, about people saying stuff under their breath to him and all this bulls—. Jon Fitch is so full of s–t. He’s f—ing delusional. First of all, he had every opportunity that anyone else had. After Georges St-Pierre beat the living s–t out of him, did we treat him differently or anything?

“Just to lay it out with facts, Jon Fitch lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87. He had an opportunity to fight for the title, and he got destroyed in that fight. He fought to a draw with B.J. Penn in a top contender fight. Then he gets a chance to be a No. 1 contender again and gets knocked f—ing dead in the first round by Johny Hendricks. What f—ing opportunities has he not been given?

“He was prominently featured on tons of UFC pay-per-view events. ‘GSP’-B.J. Penn was the main event at UFC 94, and Jon Fitch was on that fight card against Akihiro Gono. He was on UFC 100 vs. Paulo Thiago. He was on UFC 111 against Ben Saunders, and ‘GSP’ and Dan Hardy were the main event of that one. UFC 117 against Thiago Alves? That was Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen in the main event. He’s fought on all the most prominent cards. When he had a baby, we sent him an awesome baby basket. Do you do that to somebody you don’t give a s–t about? He’s 35 years old, and since 2011, he’s gone 1-2-1.”

Beyond the fact White feels Fitch’s claims were unfair and inaccurate, he is confused why the former welterweight title challenger it trying to make a situation personal that he never felt was anything more than business.

“He was given multiple opportunities and couldn’t win the big fight,” White said. “He’s trying to make it personal. It’s the furthest f—ing thing from personal.”

As for ‘Rampage,’ White is happy the man he used to share a very close personal relationship with was able to find a situation where he can make money and perform with his current skill set.

While the former light heavyweight champion has said some regrettable things in the past about White and the UFC in general, White ultimately knows Jackson’s multi-year deal with Bellator MMA and TNA Impact Wrestling is probably the right fit for him due to his dwindling passion for MMA.

“Rampage’ comes out and says he’s so happy – he’s the happiest he’s ever been,” White said. “Why wouldn’t he be happy? ‘Rampage’ himself, and I’m quoting ‘Rampage,’ came out and said, ‘I don’t have what it takes to compete with the best in the world anymore.’ That’s a quote from ‘Rampage.’ Now you’re fighting in (TNA) where the outcomes are predetermined. You can start winning again.

“He lost his love of fighting a long time ago. He wanted to be a movie star. The movie star thing didn’t work out, so fighting is where he makes his money. Unfortunately, he’s unhappy about that. That’s not my fault.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov says he wants to be the one to welcome former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion B.J. Penn back to the Octagon after it was reported that “The Prodigy” is contemplating a return to mixed martial arts (MMA). Anyone interested in seeing this fight?

Despite coming up short in his previous two bouts against Rory MacDonald at UFC on FOX 5 and Nick Diaz at UFC 137, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight and Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn isn’t quite ready to call it a career just yet.

“The Prodigy” is considering a return to action in the 155-pound division, according to a report on UFC Tonight.

If and when he does come back, he already has an eager challenger ready to meet him inside the Octagon in the form of Khabib Nurmagomedov. “The Eagle” took to his Twitter account to plead his case to be the first to welcome Penn back to the cage.

His words:

“I heard that the legend returns .. I will be glad to meet him. He is the best lightweight fighter in the history, I’m his fan since childhood, I deserve this fight.”

The undefeated Russian (20-0, 4-0 UFC) has slowly but surely made a name for himself in the promotion’s lightweight division, defeating the likes of Kamal Shalorus, Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares and most recently at UFC 160, Abel Trujillo.

A fight against an established veteran such as Penn, regardless of his current track record, would definitely be a step-up in competition. And while Khabib has staked his claim in 155-pound weight class, perhaps his “name value” isn’t as high (yet) for “Baby Jay” to accept his challenge at this stage of the Hawaiian’s career.

Or is it?

What’s your take … should Penn answer Khabib on his challenge? Or would it be a “high risk, low reward” type of situation for the former multi-division champion at this point?

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B.J. Penn refuses to call it a career. And while “The Prodigy” won’t promise a mixed martial arts (MMA) comeback, a recent FUEL TV report indicates the 34-year-old is training again and may return to the cage for another fight at 155 pounds.

Despite Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Dana White pleading for B.J. Penn to hang up the gloves for good, “The Prodigy” isn’t closing the door on active competition just yet.

In a media scrum following the UFC 160 post-fight press conference last month, White told reporters that he would like to see Penn call it quits when it comes to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, asserting that the Hawaiian is “too tough for his own good.”

“B.J. is too tough for his own good,” White said. “B.J. might not get knocked out, but the shots that B.J. took would have knocked out a normal human being. He’s had his head bounced off the canvas like a basketball by Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald just did it to him. B.J. Penn has left that Octagon looking like a fucking alien. He’s too tough for his own good. You don’t knockout B.J. Penn — he absorbs every amount of punishment you give him. It doesn’t mean he hasn’t taken any damage … he’s taken a lot of damage. And I don’t want to see him take any more.”

Those statements apparently didn’t deter the former lightweight and welterweight champion, who on Tuesday (June 4, 2013) got the word out that he isn’t done yet and a return to the Octagon at 155 pounds could be in his future.

“The door is still open for BJ Penn to return to MMA in the future,” Ariel Helwani reported on the most recent edition of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV. “He’s actually training right now and has to check in with his body and mind in the next few months.

“If he does come back, it will be at 155 pounds.”

Penn (16-9-2) has remained quiet since suffering a lopsided three-round beat down from Canadian sensation Rory MacDonald at UFC on FOX 5 in Dec. 2012 for what was his fourth defeat in six fights.

The 34-year-old has not registered a victory since a 21-second knockout of Matt Hughes in Nov. 2010 and has not competed in the lightweight division since coming out on the losing end of a two-fight championship series with Frankie Edgar.

No potential opponents were suggested for Penn if he does in fact decide to fight again; however, given his history and resume there is little doubt he would settle for anything less than elite opposition.

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B.J. Penn has not been heard from in more than six months and has not immediate plans to compete inside the Octagon. And that’s just fine by Dana White, who reiterated his belief that “The Prodigy” should make his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) official.

B.J. Penn has often teased mixed martial arts (MMA) retirement, most recently after a five-round beatdown at the hands of Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in Oct. 2011.

“The Prodigy,” however, returned to the Octagon more than one year later, accepting a bout with up-and-coming Welterweight sensation Rory MacDonald at UFC on FOX 5: “Henderson vs. Diaz” in Dec. 2012. Penn would go onto drop another lopsided decision to “Ares,” once again casting a questionable cloud over his combat sports fight future.

Indeed, with only one victory in his past six fights and at the ripe age of 34, Penn’s next MMA move is uncertain.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, however, last night (Sat., May 25, 2013) reiterated his opinion during the UFC 160 media scrum (watch full video here) that he feels the proud Hawaiian should hang up the gloves once and for all.

“I want B.J. Penn to retire,” White said. “Dude, you’ve won belts in two different weight classes, you’re one of the greatest ever and you became a huge superstar. You have money, you have a beautiful family. But, it’s hard man, it’s hard to walk out of that arena that is packed with everyone screaming your name and you’re making tons of money. It’s hard to walk away from that — really hard to walk away from that.”

Penn, who certainly has nothing left to prove after an illustrious career that has spanned 11 years and 22 fights inside the Octagon, would undoubtedly be a first ballot UFC Hall of Fame inductee. He would also most likely secure a lifetime position with the company much like Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and, most recently, inaugural The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner and former Light Heavyweight Champion, Forrest Griffin (more on his retirement here).

For his part, Penn is still in the midst of “taking some time to figure it out,” but perhaps he could be swayed with the recent retirement run that his claimed Hughes, Matt Serra (read more here), Stephan Bonnar (read more here) and, of course, Griffin.

In the wake of the MacDonald loss, White declared that ultimately the decision was up to Penn. But, that didn’t stop him from ratcheting up the pressure and making the case that Penn has done, and endured, more than his fair share throughout his professional career.

“B.J. is too tough for his own good,” White said. “B.J. might not get knocked out, but the shots that B.J. took would have knocked out a normal human being. He’s had his head bounced off the canvas like a basketball by Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald just did it to him. B.J. Penn has left that Octagon looking like a fucking alien. He’s too tough for his own good. You don’t knockout B.J. Penn — he absorbs every amount of punishment you give him. It doesn’t mean he hasn’t taken any damage … he’s taken a lot of damage. And I don’t want to see him take any more.”

For Penn fans, dim hope is still alive that the former UFC Welterweight and Lightweight champion will compete again. But, he’s not getting any younger nor seemingly any better, and could go down as perhaps the most talented fighter in the history of the sport who got the least out of his amazing abilities.

And, at this stage of his career — after all that he has been through — there is nothing that can change that reality, which in hindsight, doesn’t seem all that unfortunate considering all that he has accomplished regardless.

Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Rory MacDonald walks out before fighting Chad Mills in a welterweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

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about 1 month ago: Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Rory MacDonald walks out before fighting Chad Mills in a welterweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

The betting line for the UFC 152 bout between Canadian welterweight uber-prospect Rory MacDonald and future Hall of Famer B.J. Penn opened on the weekend, and Rory was a healthy favorite at -288. Penn sat at +232. Other than a brief blip it basically sat like that until last night, when a bunch of money apparently came in on Penn and the line shifted accordingly. Here’s how it looks at the moment:

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Only 5Dimes and SportBet are offering the line at the moment, but the other books will probably pick it up soon. Penn hasn’t opened as a major underdog in any of his fights over the last five years (though the closing line in his UFC 127 bout against Jon Fitch had him at around +170). MacDonald has closed as the favorite in every one of his UFC fights (yes, even against Carlos Condit) and things will likely be no different here.

The bout will take place on September 22nd in Toronto, likely in the Air Canada Centre.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  BJ Penn of the USA walks into the arena before the start of his welterweight bout agains John Fitch of the USA as part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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over 1 year ago: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 27: BJ Penn of the USA walks into the arena before the start of his welterweight bout agains John Fitch of the USA as part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

“He’s still untested. I think everything they are saying is true. He’s very good. I think he comes from a very good team. He’s got a lot of very good people. They are going to have him ready. They are going to have him prepared but yes – like you said this is going to be a big fight this isn’t a small fight so there is going to be a lot on the line. All those different stressers and all those different things is definitely going to play into the cardiovascular system. … Without giving away too much, I definitely want to be the aggressor.”

— Could it really be? Is B.J. Penn, of all people, really planning on testing Rory MacDonald’s cardiovascular conditioning? Indeed he is, as he tells Just Scrap Radio he plans on being the aggressor when the two meet up in the co-main event of UFC 152 on Sat., Sept. 22, 2012, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This despite “The Prodigy” admitting the Canadian wunderkind has risen to fame with a “bulldozer” style that has served him quite well. How will things look when the Hawaiian turns the tables and blitzes the young, up-and-coming welterweight star? MacDonald believes he’ll be top five in the division if he can emerge victorious and it sounds like he’ll have his work cut out for him. Anyone think we’ll see the B.J. Penn of old and “Ares” will get a lesson in legendary? Or has Penn’s time passed him by?

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Ariel Helwani during the Daily Line said that people made a lot of BJ going into that fight injured, but he said that Edgar had to go to the hospital after that fight for a staph infection he already had. Can anyone confirm this to be true because this is the first I’ve heard of this?

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Yes Frankie had staph infection, it came up really badly a few hours after the fight and someone had to take a cab into Abu Dhabi to get medicine for him. I know, I was there as Ricardo Almeida was trying to arrange the medicine..

100% TRUE.