BJ Penn’s trainer Rudy Valentino talked to media earlier today and discussed the UFC 112 title fight between Penn and Frankie Edgar. Although he doesn’t want to make excuses for Penn’s UFC 112 title loss, he admits that the Hawaiian fighter was battling a sinus infection. Due to this, Penn was on medication for the past 3 weeks and was not 100% when he stepped into the octagon.
Could this be why we didn’t see the Penn we are so used to seeing? Or is this just some excuse Penn’s training camp is coming up with now that the fight is over?
From BJ Penn’s trainer Rudy Valentino:
“I feel BJ won the fight. He was also battling a sinus infection and was on antibiotics, so he was not one hundred percent. I’m not making any excuses, that is just what happened. I didn’t see him lose that fight but I did see him lose the last round. As for effectiveness of punches, I thought BJ had it. Frankie got two takedowns but BJ got up real fast and nothing happened on the ground there, so I don’t know if they could score the fight based on those two takedowns. I’m not taking anything from Frankie Edgar. He fought a real good fight and had a good strategy. His stand-up was good, he was moving a lot in and out real fast. Frankie fought a very good and strategic fight. I don’t want this to be about criticizing Frankie because I like him and he fought well. Going into the fifth round I told BJ that he had to win this round to win the fight. But sometimes things don’t go the right way. Being on antibiotics and struggling to get better from being sick and having a fever over the course of two weeks, these were some of the factors that slowed him down. That wasn’t the BJ Penn that we had in camp for three months going through sparring partners the way he did. We never took Frankie Edgar like he wasn’t a world contender. We took him very serious. We knew he could do damage to BJ in stand up and with takedowns. We were working BJ Penn wasn’t 100 percent, what you saw in the fight was him battling being sick. He didn’t want to call Dana three weeks before the fight and cancel because he was sick. BJ being the champion that he is just went in there and fought.”