SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: BJ Penn and Jon Fitch face off during a UFC 127 Press Conference at Star City on December 14 2010 in Sydney Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
"Here at AKA, we've got fighters who come out to fight, fighters who will face anyone and don't hide from any opponents. You've also got cowards out there like B.J. Penn who say they want to fight people, but then they run and hide. Yes. He's a coward. He wouldn't be welcomed here."
-- Bold words from Jon Fitch, one of the original fighters out of the renowned American Kickboxing Academy. Fitch has unfinished business with B.J. Penn, a man he fought to a draw in early 2011 with a title shot on the line. When Penn began his training camp for a UFC 152 fight against Rory MacDonald which ended up getting scratched, he asked to train at AKA, but was reported that Fitch objected because, as Javier Mendes puts it, he still wants to fight Penn. Both men were even scheduled to have a rematch before an injury got in the way. Perhaps that's why Fitch uncharacteristically went off on "The Prodigy" during a recent conference call to promote the new AKA television series "Fight Factory" (which premieres on nuvoTV on August 15th at 10 p.m. ET/PT). Should he move on or does the former title challenger have a point?