UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is set to defend his title against Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 in Newark, New Jersey on Super Bowl weekend. While Aldo is preparing for his next defense of the 145-pound belt, he is calling on a mixed martial arts legend to bolster his training camp.
Aldo announced that he will be getting the help of B.J. Penn for his upcoming camp with the Nova Unaio team in Rio De Janiero.
“B.J. is coming in January to know the gym and help us,” Aldo told MMAFighting.com. “He is going to the U.S. again, and then he’ll come back to train with us all for the rest of our camps.”
Penn, a jiu-jitsu black belt under Nova Uniao’s Andre Pederneiras, hasn’t trained with Aldo before.
“I never trained with him,” he said. “He was already a black belt when I was on the team, so I never had the chance to train with him. But I’ll have this honor now.”
Penn already has ties to the Nova Unaio camp, after earning a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under head coach Andres Pedernarias.
Penn also has a big fight coming up at featherweight when he takes on Frankie Edgar for another time, so this training camp could benefit both fighters as they train with some of the best in the sport.