Unhappy with the way he was portrayed in the first installment of the UFC’s “Primetime” series, which hypes his January 31st bout against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, lightweight champion BJ Penn has abruptly decided he no longer wishes to be involved with the show, according to MMAJunkie.com:
“…B.J. Penn recently shut down a taping and interview session for the series and no longer wants involved in the project.
During the Jan. 14 debut, Penn was sometimes portrayed as a fighter who didn’t take his training too seriously – a reputation that’s long dogged the 30-year-old fighter.
In the latest taping segment for “Primetime,” Penn cut short taping just eight minutes into an interview, the source said.”
Last week’s debut episode of Primetime, which models the popular HBO Boxing series “24/7″, was a major success, attracting 880,000 viewers, the most to ever tune in for a UFC preview show.
The second installment of the series airs tonight on Spike TV at 10pm ET.