Originally written July 28, 2012 on 5thRound.com:
It seems like ages ago that BJ Penn (Pictured) and Jon Fitch battled to a highly controversial draw at UFC 127. After watching their rematch at UFC 132 fall through due to injuries to both welterweights, a sequel may now never come to fruition. Regardless, Fitch appears unwilling to put their rivalry to bed as he’s attempting to block the Hawaiian from invading his turf. Penn is currently working his way back to action in his homeland of Hawaii, but as game time steadily approaches on his showdown with Rory MacDonald, he intends to take his talents to American Kickboxing Academy to prepare for the up-and-comer – assuming Fitch doesn’t get his way, of course. “We’re over here in Honolulu right now training,” Penn revealed in his UFC 152 video blog. “We’re gonna be here for a month, and then we’re gonna see where we’re gonna train next month. We’re trying to get up to AKA, but Fitch is trying to give me some problems about that. “And all Jon Fitch has to do is look on the wall [at AKA]. Whose picture is on the wall holding the belt? That’s all Jon Fitch has to know.” Fitch is presently rehabbing the surgically repaired knee that forced him out of this month’s scrap against Aaron Simpson, so he’s still not back to training at full capacity. Nonetheless, he doesn’t want Penn practicing on the same mats that he does. “The Prodigy” ends his brief retirement to face MacDonald on September 22nd.
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