After two straight losses to Frankie Edgar there seem to be more questions than answers when it comes to BJ Penn. Where were the Marinovich's? What is this ongoing feud with Dana White about? What is he going to do to change looking complacent and lackluster in the cage? I can remember when the main question was who were they going to find to challenge BJ in a fight, now it seems he's just an average fighter surrounded by average trainers and training partners.
While Ariel Helwani was interviewing Dana Whit after UFC 118, he made mention that BJ Penn wanted to smooth over his relationship with Dana White. Helwani asked Dana about this and Dana simply said he didn't cause the rift between the two, basically saying the ball is in BJ's court and that he's willing to listen. If I had to take a stab at guessing what the problem was, I'd guess it was due to the book Penn wrote that basically had it's "bash Dana White" moments.
Did he have strength and conditioning gurus's the Marinovich's in his camp for this fight? Maybe someone can answer that question for me because I have honestly heard nothing. What I do know is that he has the same old trainers in this fight. Rudy Valentino and Jason Parillo made there way to the octagon with BJ and as usual offered him nothing during the fight. Parillo to me is like a lesser known less talented Trevor Whitman. He offers BJ nothing except agreeing with him anytime he says something and a few occasional insults about BJ's opponent.
Here's the question that I think of whenever I see BJ look like he did last night: When is the last time you heard a champion, other than BJ Penn, say "I'm going to train at BJ Penn's camp?" Never! Most champions go to Jackson's, AKA or even team Quest. Even the most dominant champion today (GSP) makes the trip from Tri Star gym down to Greg Jackson's, if for nothing more than not getting complacent. It's imperative in a sport that is evolving by the day to get as diversified a training camp as possible.
I'm one of the biggest BJ Penn fans out there, but he has done one thing consistently, he's surrounded himself with people that are going to agree with anything and everything he says. If you're not saying "yes BJ" then you aren't welcome in a BJ Penn training camp. It's sad when someone that was once considered the best lightweight fighter ever and a top P4P fighter, now simply has the same questions asked about his character and training rather than having the positives focused on.