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Wednesday, 11/23/2011, 11:12 am

UFC NEWS – BJ Penn Blog: Week 1


For the past couple of weeks, ever since my fight with Diaz, I have just been taking it easy. When I am not relaxing at home, I am just hanging out with old friends from high school and spending time with my daughter and family.

I have been back in Hawaii for a while now, but I haven’t been doing much as far as athletics go. This is partly because I think I sprained my finger or something, so because of that I have just been kind of laying low and enjoying life.

However, after sitting around the house for so long my body started to get achy. So two weeks ago I started to run again. I just couldn’t take sitting around the house anymore without exercising and my body feels so much better now that I have started working out again. I still haven’t gotten into the gym and done any type of martial arts training yet, but the runs are definitely fun and, like I said, they make my body feel better.

I am still finding myself very busy with all different types of projects and ventures I am involved in. It seems like even though I have more time to relax without training full time, my focus has turned to other projects and activities.

For those who don’t know, I have a foundation here in Hawaii called the “Penn Hawaii Youth Foundation.” This foundation helps at-risk children that have been in trouble get back on track through martial arts and several other positive activities. This past Saturday, my latest group of kids graduated from the program and I got to go to the ceremony. It was great to see the progress they have all made.

The day after the graduation, my girlfriend and I had our baby shower. I am expecting a new daughter to come into the world this December and the party was fun. We got a lot of support from friends and family and everyone had a great time. It’s nice to be able to do these types of things, spending time with my loved ones and being there to celebrate the new life that is about to come into this world.

It’s funny, because one of my friends asked me the other day what I have been doing for fun now that I am not training for a fight and competing. It’s these things that I now have time to do that I get my day-to-day enjoyment out of. It’s great to spend time with everyone and stay busy in a different way for once.

As I am working on this piece, I am on my way to Oahu. I was given a part in an episode of the hit TV Show, Hawaii 5.0, and I will be filming for the next few days on set. It’s really good timing to be out in Oahu because the president of RVCA, Pat Tenore, and his whole family have taken a vacation this week out there, so when I’m not filming I plan on going and hanging out with them.

Pat has been challenging me to a surf competition for years now and I am hoping while we are all out on Oahu we can finally settle this once and for all. I haven’t surfed in a few months because I was training for the Diaz fight, and from what I hear Pat has been training for a boxing match somewhere and is in really good shape. So, it will be interesting, but I still think I can give him a run for his money.

We’ve been meaning to do this for some time, so I will have to see if we can take care of the contest and see who the better surfer really is. If the waves are too big I won’t go out and I don’t know how big Pat goes either. If they’re too big he may wimp out, but hopefully we can put it together.

Speaking of surfing, the entire RVCA Pro Surf team is out there too, so I plan on relaxing and spending time with guys like Makua Rothman, Danny Fuller, Logan Dulien and the rest of the RVCA team while I am visiting too.

On the MMA front, what about last weekend’s fights?

I think Dan Henderson versus “Shogun” was the best fight I have ever seen in my life. What a fight! It was very close; I think the first three rounds were close. I didn’t feel like Dan really pulled away from “Shogun” in any of those rounds. I know at one point Dan dropped him and went in for the kill and unloaded but “Shogun” handled it and came back to win the last two rounds.

It was great to see two legends of the sport put it all on the line like that. Dan is just a beast and like I said, it was the best fight I have ever seen.

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23 Comments to UFC NEWS – BJ Penn Blog: Week 1

  1. Mike Diaz says:

    Thats right BJ. Enjoy life and take that much needed break away from the cage. Reassess the MMA future once the fire starts burning in you. PENN NATION will be excited to hear of your next move whenever that is. TEAM PENN!!!!

  2. OakCliffTopdog says:

    Hey BJ if it goes down could you throw up a video of the surf comp. between you and Pat. That would be rawsome. Also, God bless you and your family and congrats again on your hija coming in december. Happy Turkey Day! War Penn!!!

  3. jayPanda says:

    Awesome blog BJ happy your mind and body are in a good place. Enjoy this vacation you deserved it real fans supports you no matter what. Looking forward to whatever’s next TEAM PENN… ALL DAY !!

  4. exit 8 says:

    All the respect, enjoy your family and life you deserve it.

  5. CF says:

    It really sounds like you are enjoying life right now BJ. That is great! Family and friends are always most important in life…….and you have certainly earned the right to spend much needed time with them.

    For what it’s worth, I think you made the absolute correct decision to take some time away to evaluate things. I have this crazy good feeling that when you do decide to step back in to the cage…..BIG things are going to happen.

    I am calling it right here, right now………. BJ Penn will once again hold the lightweight belt by late 2012 – early 2013!

    GO TEAM PENN!!

  6. Ninjaman says:

    I wish you and your family all the best in December.

  7. snoop froggy dogg says:

    bj is the greatest fighter ever.

  8. ANDYBOY says:

    shoots see u at the triple crown bruddah!

  9. MolokaiBoy says:

    Right on Bradda BJ, so good to hear you doing good my bradda!.. It’s been awhile since i left a comment on the site, but I visit here ALL the time, automatic!!! 110% BJ PENN FAN TILL THE END!… Congratulations to you and your entire family on the new baby to come next month, I got to shake your hand at the waimea hospital a few years back before your first daughters birth. But anyway, enjoy your stay on oahu, Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you BJ. Aloha Boss…… MolokaiBoy

  10. Wes says:

    BJ this may be silly but I have a production company..I would love to fly to the islands and follow you outside of the ring, and do previews for your fans, and ultimatly do a documentary outside of the ring on one of the biggest names in MMA…Your website has my name, and E-mail..I have great equipment I am only 24 and it would be a dream..if this never reaches you thats ok…I’ll just have to read about life outside of the octogon on your blogs…Thanks Wes

    • michael says:

      dude if you really want to reach bj you should try contacting him on twitter or try getting in touch with Reagan or pedro

  11. BobbO says:

    Good to hear that you’re doing good bro. “Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.” ~BobbO

  12. Awesome.. The thought the same thing Hendo won 1-3 and shogun got 4-5 . Hang loose bradduh B!

  13. charty sucks it says:

    Go back to lightweight BJ and get your revenge on Frankie and the belt back…just take him down this time around..peace!

  14. Mark Stillerman says:

    Great to hear your enjoying life, hope all is well!

  15. Robbie Wiggins says:

    I was wondering when you were going to be asked to be on Hawaii 5-0,glad to hear that finally happend &I look foward to see’n it.Maybe you can give us ah heads up on what episode its going to be. Glad to hear your doing good BJ & thanks for letting us know how your doing.Take care & be cool Brah!!

  16. reesio10 says:

    All the best BJ, I will always be a fan!

  17. Tom Ryan says:

    Good to hear from ya BJ. Happy thanksgiving! See you on the 5-0. And good luck raising two daughters.

  18. Long-Strong says:

    keep having fun!

  19. mmaislandjunkie says:

    thanks for the update champ hope youre enjoying the holidays with the familia and friends. have a good one!

  20. magoo says:

    Nice to see you enjoying some well deserved ass time with the family BJ,thanks for keeping us in the loop.

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