BJ “The Prodigy” Penn may be semi-retired from mixed martial arts competition, but he’s still on board with the UFC, as he recently represented the organization during a recent promotional trip to the Philippines. A native Hawaiian, Penn traveled to the Philippines to spread the gospel of MMA, priming the market for a possible UFC event next year.
“The beauty of mixed martial arts is – it’s gonna grow so big, and so fast around the whole world because every country has its own martial arts,” Penn told ABS-CBN news during his trip. “Filipinos have so many different martial arts. Every country has so much martial arts, and this thing is gonna grow fast and everybody’s gonna have a shot at becoming a champion.”
Penn also gave his opinion on the Philippines’ most famous and successful fighting exports: Manny Pacquiao.
“Pacquiao, he’s my kind of fighter, I’m a fan of his,” he said. “I like his style. He tries to go for the finish.”
Asked for his prediction for what appears to be an actually materializing superfight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Penn sided with Pac Man.
“I would like to see Pacquiao win because I know if Pacquiao wins, it’s gonna be an exciting victory,” he said.
A MMA legend, Penn most recently appeared in action at UFC 137 opposite Nick Diaz, losing a lopsided unanimous decision to the pride of Stockton. The 32-year-old announced his retirement from the sport following that defeat, but has since softened his stance some.