Penn is Leaving Las Vegas

Written by Tom Ngo
May 21st, 2009


Although his sights are squarely set on lightweight top contender Kenny Florian’s dome, UFC champ BJ Penn is trying to move forward, however can’t stop looking in his rear-view mirror.

“I will say that, for me personally, Keith Kizer can’t be trusted,” Penn stated on his video blog. “I don’t trust him in any way. … Honestly I have no interest in ever fighting in Nevada or Las Vegas again, and that’s all I have to say about that whole situation.”

Kizer is the NSAC’s Executive Director who oversaw Penn’s complaint to the Commission regarding his controversial UFC 94 loss to welterweight king Georges St-Pierre.

As we all know by know, Penn and his camp are claiming that GSP and Co. intentionally rubbed the French-Candaian down with Vaseline to gain a grappling advantage in their highly anticipated rematch.

Penn presented his case in front of the Commission in March, however the issue seemed to casually get swept under the rug.

This enraged Penn to no end, and rightfully so. He feels that he was cheated and wants vindication, although he isn’t using that as motivation for his next scrap.

“All that stuff is important to me, but I’ve got a big fight coming up with Kenny Florian, so I can’t concentrate on that too much,” Penn said. “But I will say, the athletic commission, from what I understand the whole thing’s not finished.”

Contrary to what Penn believes, the UFC and the NSAC seem content on letting the UFC 94 issue die. Everyone seems to have moved on and Penn better do the same because Florian is no joke.

“Florian’s great,” Penn said. “He’s got good kickboxing, good jiu-jitsu and good wrestling. I know he’s good everywhere. I’ve just got to be ready and be on my toes. I know he’s good everywhere. I’ve got to go out and be better than him.”

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