"I never trained with him. He was already a black belt when I was on the team, so I never had the chance to train with him. But I'll have this honor now. He has fought and became champion in the lightweight division, and at 170, so he has a lot to teach me. He has a lot of experience in the UFC, he's been fighting there for years, so his experience and technique will teach me a lot. He has excellent boxing and jiu-jitsu as well."
It's a two-way street, folks. Andre Pederneiras brought Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo to the United States to help B.J. Penn train a group of up-and-coming prospects on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), and now, "The Phenom" will head to Brazil to return the favor, as "Junior" (via MMA Fighting) prepares to face Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 in February. It has been a long time since Penn did any serious training outside of his comfy confines in Hawaii and could return a more dangerous fighter when he tries to get on the board against former lightweight rival Frankie Edgar. Anyone think this is the spark to re-ignite the fizzled flame?