Mixed martial arts lost a legend of the sport last month when former two division UFC champion BJ Penn officially retired from competition after losing to Frankie Edgar in his return to the Octagon at the TUF 19 Finale.
Since that night, many pundits and fans alike questioned Penn’s style as well as his choice to drop down to 145 pounds for the first time in his UFC career.
Penn wanted revenge against Edgar, who had defeated him twice before at lightweight, and decided to cut down to 145 with the help of nutritionist and former fighter Mike Dolce.
As for the weight cut itself, Penn told BJPenn.com that it really was not too difficult:
Actually, cutting the weight down was pretty easy for me. I stayed disciplined. I didn’t go out and mess around. I’m actually more disciplined than people think or what they give me credit for. The weight cut, of course, is never going to be easy. Going down to a weight that you’ve never been down to in your life, but besides that I stayed disciplined and I made the weight. One thing that I can say is that I stayed disciplined and I made the weight.
Although Penn made the weight for his main event bout, he simply did not look right from the start of the fight. BJPenn.com then asked about Penn’s work with Mike Dolce to cut the weight, and Penn had a succint response:
As far as Mike Dolce goes; I would never hire him again for anything.
When asked to elaborate, Penn simply said “No, that’s it. Next question”. While we may never know what went down between Penn and Dolce, it will be interesting to see if Penn’s comments change any other fighters’ minds when deciding to hire Dolce for a training camp.