If BJ Penn takes out Yair Rodriguez Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 103, don’t expect the legendary fighter to call for a “money fight” next…
If you’re a big MMA fan then you know in the last year or so, many fighters have campaigned for “money fights”. When you consider most fighters don’t make nearly as much money as other professional athletes, it’s completely understandable. But, calls for “money fights” are now happening even in situations where there’s a clear contender waiting in line.
For example, after Tyron Woodley won the welterweight belt last summer, he campaigned for bouts with Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre. Stephen Thompson, meanwhile, had already secured a title shot. More recently, Cody Garbrandt said he wants to fight the likes of Jose Aldo or Conor McGregor, even though TJ Dillashaw is waiting in the wings.
Well, recently Penn spoke to FOX Sports, and “The Prodigy” made it clear he’s not a fan of this recent trend:
“I’ll tell you this, I’m not the guy to go out there and say ‘oh give me this money fight, give me that money fight’,” Penn said. “I look at all these guys doing that and I’m like why don’t you go knock out a 100 guys and become the money fight yourself?”
There you have it. Now, if Penn can defeat Rodriguez, don’t be surprised if the former lightweight and welterweight champ faces a top five, 145’er next.
UFC FN 103 will go down in Phoenix, Arizona.