Penn Shuts Down Primetime Taping

Written by Tom Ngo
January 21st, 2009

Reports are surfacing that UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn was so upset with how he was portrayed on Part I of the UFC’s new “Primetime” series that he cut short an interview only eight minutes in. Nearly 1.5 million viewers tuned in last Wednesday to watch Penn talk about his new-found commitment to being the world’s best MMA fighter, only to shut down his training camp for five days in order to rest his body.

MMAJunkie.com reported that a source close to the show’s production team stated that Penn no longer wants any part of the UFC’s $2 Million project.

In years past, Penn rightfully earned the reputation as a naturally gifted fighter that never committed himself fully to the sport, particularly training. Although he has dedicated himself to training the past two years, the debut episode showed Penn slacking off just weeks before the most highly anticipated rematch in MMA history.

Part II of the three part series will air tonight at 10:30PM local time. Part III will be airing next Wednesday, three days before the two square off for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 94.

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