Dana White Says BJ Penn Wanted to Fight Benson Henderson
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.30.2013
As a stepping stone to a Frankie Edgar trilogy...
Dana White recently spoke with MMAjunkie about BJ Penn's coaching The Ultimate Fighter 19 opposite Frankie Edgar and more. Check out the highlights:
On Penn wanting to face Benson Henderson originally: "He said he wanted to fight Ben Henderson. I said, 'Why would you want to fight Henderson?' (He said), 'Because I think it'll get me a Frankie Edgar fight.' I said, 'Well, why don't we just talk to Frankie Edgar and see if Frankie Edgar wants to fight you,' and they do. They both want to fight each other."
On both fighters thinking they have the edge: "Frankie Edgar is saying he's going to retire B.J. Penn once and for all, and B.J. Penn is saying, 'I know I can beat Frankie Edgar, and I'm going to beat him.' They'll both be great coaches (next) season – they're great coaches, and then we'll get the fight."
On Penn's career status: "B.J. never retired. I was saying B.J. should retire, but he never did. It's not like some of these other guys who have retired and then said, 'I'm not retired anymore' when they should stay retired."