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Dan Hardy appreciates Mickey Gall’s callout, but declines: ‘I don’t want to beat up a kid that I’m enjoying watching’

The last thing Dan Hardy expected to hear in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday was a callout from one of UFC on FOX 22′s big winners.

Hardy was watching the event live from the U.K. when co-headliner Mickey Gall submitted Sage Northcutt with a second-round rear-naked choke. Gall then surprised fight fans by asking for a dance date with “The Outlaw.” The moment was especially unexpected considering that Hardy’s last fight was over four years ago, but the Englishman took it all in good fun.

“I almost spat my tea out of my mouth when I was watching it,” Hardy said in a joint interview with Gall on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “It was like four o’clock in the morning when I was watching, and I just wasn’t expecting it. I appreciate the callout. I appreciate the respect that you’ve shown me. But I’ve never fought anybody with less than eight fights, not even in my first pro fight. It’s just, we’re in different phases of our careers.

“I’m not looking at knocking off a future contender that I’m possibly going to commentating for in the future. And at the same time, if I was going to fight, I want to fight a veteran. I want to fight someone who’s had 20, 30 fights, who’s matured in their game and is sure of their fighting style, rather than someone who’s still developing. I like to see the development of these young fighters and I don’t want to interfere with that in any way. I’m 10 years older.”

Gall has made a name for himself for a string of UFC callouts in 2016, starting with his bout against CM Punk and leading into his prime-time tilt against Northcutt. The strategy has paid major dividends for him over the course of the year — his high-profile placement on UFC on FOX 22 despite his relative inexperience is proof of that — but in this case, Gall took his declined invitation in stride.

“He has a right to feel that way,” Gall said to Hardy in response. “I respect that too. That’s cool. You’re a legend. It would’ve been an honor to fight you. That’s cool, man. I love you, Dan.”

Hardy, 34, used to be one of the more popular figures in the UFC welterweight division, however these days he is more of a media figure than an active fighter, working as both an analyst and color commentator under the UFC umbrella.

The switch from a fight life to the one he lives now was forced in 2013, when Hardy was diagnosed with the heart condition Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. That diagnosis forced his hand and made Hardy look elsewhere for opportunities outside the cage, though he has always remained steadfast in his desire to return to professional fighting.

Hardy is actually scheduled to undergo two final days of testing in January to determine once and for all whether fighting is a viable option for him, so in that regard, Hardy understands where Gall was coming from and appreciates the 24-year-old’s willingness to take a chance.

“I think he’s realistic,” Hardy said. “He said in the post-fight press conference that it was a bit of a haymaker, a bit of a wild callout, and I appreciate that. It surprised me, but I appreciate that. It was very respectful of him. I don’t think it was done in bad taste in any way. I wasn’t offended by it. But you know, there’s 100 guys on the UFC roster who would be much better opponents for him right now.

“I don’t want to beat up a kid that I’m enjoying watching,” Hardy added. “There’s a lot of older guys out there who have matured in their style, they know their fighting style, they know their capabilities, and there’s a lot of fighters out there that I would be motivated to fight. And Mickey is a kid. I appreciate where he is in his career. He’s had four fights and he’s an exciting prospect for the future. I don’t want to play a part in that, being a burden in his career in any way.”

Of course, Hardy is also an analyst — and a terrific one at that — so he couldn’t help but play a little fantasy matchmaker of his own.

Gall said this past weekend that Hardy’s title fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 was the first UFC event he ever attended live. Hardy’s own first UFC event that he attended live was UFC 85, which featured a headlining bout of Thiago Alves vs. Matt Hughes. And so he figured that if Gall was in search of a veteran opponent with a known name, Alves may fit the bill.

“That’d be a great fight for him,” Hardy said of Alves-Gall. “That’d be really fun, if he wants to fight a veteran. A guy struggling to make 155. I think we should introduce a 162 weight class. Have those two guys pioneer that. … 160 is five pounds over lightweight and 10 pounds under welterweight, and I think 162, the extra two pounds, it’s a better meeting ground.

“We need more divisions. We’ve got fighters to make the divisions, there’s no doubt about it. The sport is growing. We’re having more shows every year. There are more places in the world that are producing fighters, that want shows. We need more weight classes. Fifteen pounds is a big jump. If you look at boxing, we’re not close to 15-pound jumps. And we’ve got room. A light welterweight weight class at 162 would be great, maybe add a 178 in as well at some point.”

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Rustam Khabilov explains botched weight cut, callout of Kevin Lee

TORONTO — Rustam Khabilov talks to the media about his win over Jason Saggo at UFC 206, his performance, his relationship with Khabib Nurmagomedov, his callout of Kevin Lee, why he missed weight for UFC 206, and much more.

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Nate Diaz clarifies Twitter callout of UFC: ‘They had me doing a little run-around’

Nate Diaz caused a minor stir in late July when he tweeted his apparent displeasure with the UFC the day after appearing on Conan.

After taping a segment alongside a pre-recorded message of a trash-talking Conor McGregor, Diaz announced that the “UFC played me again,” accompanied by the hashtag “trust nobody.” However, on Friday, Diaz chalked the situation up to a simple misunderstanding.

“It was just some behind-the-scenes stuff that they were not telling me about and hiding from me,” Diaz said on a UFC 202 conference call. “They had me doing a little run-around. I was just trying to get home and train. I didn’t want to be out there for that long. It all worked out though. I had training out there and it was just like [McGregor] said, it’s a distraction when you’re out there.

“Like, f*ck this sh*t. I mean, that stuff is all good and fun after a fight, but before the fight it’s like, I’m not in the mood to sit here and answer silly ass questions and play silly ass little sketches and roles when I’ve got this sh*t going on. But it all got worked out and everything is all good.”

Diaz and McGregor are scheduled to rematch their infamous first bout on Aug. 20 at UFC 202, and this time around it is Diaz who is hitting the media circuits while McGregor largely stays out of the limelight. After appearing on Conan, Diaz also filmed a man-on-the-street sketch for Jimmy Kimmel Live! that saw him prank unsuspecting fight fans who picked McGregor to win.

For his part, McGregor has gone through this song and dance before, and he is happy to see Diaz finally get his due after spending over a decade in the game.

“I know it’s something he’s always wanted to be doing,” McGregor said. “I wonder how feeling doing it, because I know it ain’t easy doing all of that. It certainly takes from what we are and what we do, and as much as maybe people don’t realize it, it is very distracting. But I’m happy to see him up there doing his thing. He’s doing well, I think, up there. I came in and gave him a little help there on the Conan show, but I thought the Kimmel one was pretty funny.

“Look, we deserve everything. We go in and put it on the line, more so than any human being on the planet, and that’s for all of you throughout all of entertainment. So we deserve to on all of this. We deserve our names in lights. We deserve absolutely everything for what we do here. Uneducated people and people who could never even lace up a glove can come up and talk about what we do and what should’ve done and what we should not have done. But again, they’re people who could not even touch us, not even hold our spit bucket, so I’m happy to see it.”

When asked if he was enjoying the experience, Diaz took a more lukewarm approach, saying that he was happy for the opportunities but admitting it wasn’t exactly his favorite thing in the world to be doing while he prepares for the biggest fight of his professional career.

“It’s not like something I was losing sleep over trying to get into, but when they call and the opportunities are there, you might as well take them,” Diaz said. “Because all of the marketing gets bigger. I didn’t want to do none of it, but I didn’t want to look back and say f*ck, I should’ve done that. So I’m just doing what I gotta do to get by, get my things cracking, get some things going.”

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Nik Lentz issues statement in response to B.J. Penn’s callout

After exchanging unpleasantries over the last couple of months, retired UFC hall of famer B.J. Penn posted a message on his Instagram on Wednesday formally challenging Nik Lentz to a fight at UFC 197. The two have had bad blood going back to a lingering feud between Penn and his one-time nutritionist, Mike Dolce, whom Lentz had also used to help make weight at 145 pounds. Penn called out Lentz while doing a television appearance in the fall, but people weren’t sure how serious he was at the time. And neither did Penn know that Lentz was no longer working with Dolce.
Lentz was insulted by the misguided call out, and penned a pair of poems directed at none other than the “Prodigy” himself.
As Penn expressed in his message — which came after another post of him standing with renowned coach Greg Jackson — he took umbrage to these poems, calling them “silly.”
On Wednesday evening, “The Carny” responded to Penn’s call out with the following message, which he sent to MMA Fighting.
***
“BJ,
I received your poorly-worded, utterly predictable, message.
In spite of its clumsy structure, awful spelling, incorrect usage (you state at one point that I wrote a poem about you making fun of yourself), and general air of arrogance, entitled stupidity, I’m considering your request.
There are, of course, some conditions.

- I’m never competing at 145 ever again. Neither should you. I came to this conclusion after doing careful research, and deciding what was right for my long-term health as well as my short-term performance. If you fight at 145, it won’t be long before you’re eating banana mush in a nuthouse. I am accountable to my family, and my future with them. Because you are an impulsive tyrant surrounded by yes-men, you have no ability to make rational, intelligent decisions.  So I am making this one for you. If we fight, it would be at 155.

- I’m not fighting in March. Neither are you. You may imagine you are, and the imbeciles you surround yourself with may nod in agreement like the trained dogs they are, but you aren’t fighting in March. You’ve lied to your fans, and let them down over and over, and nobody is clamoring to put the BJ PENN EXCUSE FACTORY back in business. Were I to agree to fight you in March and whup your ass, it would only give you and your lackeys the “BJ didn’t have enough time” bullshit excuse. Additionally, if we do fight, it will be on MY timetable, NOT yours. You are retired, and have no schedule. I am an active fighter, on the roster, with a schedule and training platform that is not beholden to your desires, grudges, or need for narcissistic supply.

- You still owe Mike Dolce $ 22,000. Knowing him, he is too gracious and dignified a man to revisit the traitorous back-stabbing skullduggery you engaged in with him after the third time Frankie Edgar kicked your ass inside-out. I, however, don’t have the luxury of grace, and dignity is best left out of any exchange that includes you. You will donate $ 22,000 of your purse to the HAWAII DOG FOUNDATION,  a no-kill, all-volunteer rescue organization working hard to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in Hawaii, in Mike Dolce’s name.

Give these conditions some thought. They are non-negotiable. They are rules you WILL abide by, or you can go whistle. I have a contract, and plenty of guys to fight. As a Narcissist, you have nothing but an image. And you NEED attention. You have all the money you could ever spend; but it doesn’t satisfy you. I have what you NEED. I’M in charge. You can do what narcissists usually do when confronted by a higher power; SLINK AWAY. Or you can confront your needs, realize I can fulfill them, and come to terms with me, looming over you, holding the….


WHIP HAND.

I’m ALREADY in charge, you poor, deluded, fool. I did more to motivate you with TWO POEMS than all your yes-men, and titles, and highlights could.
Get as angry as you want. Go out behind your huge inherited estate and kick rocks. Go cry to your Mommy. Go shit in your hat and bark at the moon.
You want to fight?
Then it’s on MY terms. 
FACE IT.

Now run along, little man. Go find a way to swallow your overarching pride and do it MY way, or scuttle about like a deformed crab at low tide, like a masochist at last call, desperately looking for somebody else to thrash you.


You can go to Greg Jackson’s, you can go to Jermaine Jackson’s, you can listen to Mahalia Jackson, you can resurrect Jackson fuckin’ POLLOCK to paint you a better picture of yourself than the one we all see; but…

You’re an unclaimed, busted-down suitcase on a dusty shelf in an abandoned bus-terminal. Accept my conditions, or rot in obscurity.

Nik Lentz
Your BOSS”

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Nik Lentz issues statement in response to B.J. Penn’s callout

After exchanging unpleasantries over the last couple of months, retired UFC hall of famer B.J. Penn posted a message on his Instagram on Wednesday formally challenging Nik Lentz to a fight at UFC 197. The two have had bad blood going back to a lingering feud between Penn and his one-time nutritionist, Mike Dolce, whom Lentz had also used to help make weight at 145 pounds. Penn called out Lentz while doing a television appearance in the fall, but people weren’t sure how serious he was at the time. And neither did Penn know that Lentz was no longer working with Dolce.
Lentz was insulted by the misguided call out, and penned a pair of poems directed at none other than the “Prodigy” himself.
As Penn expressed in his message — which came after another post of him standing with renowned coach Greg Jackson — he took umbrage to these poems, calling them “silly.”
On Wednesday evening, “The Carny” responded to Penn’s call out with the following message, which he sent to MMA Fighting.
***
“BJ,
I received your poorly-worded, utterly predictable, message.
In spite of its clumsy structure, awful spelling, incorrect usage (you state at one point that I wrote a poem about you making fun of yourself), and general air of arrogance, entitled stupidity, I’m considering your request.
There are, of course, some conditions.

- I’m never competing at 145 ever again. Neither should you. I came to this conclusion after doing careful research, and deciding what was right for my long-term health as well as my short-term performance. If you fight at 145, it won’t be long before you’re eating banana mush in a nuthouse. I am accountable to my family, and my future with them. Because you are an impulsive tyrant surrounded by yes-men, you have no ability to make rational, intelligent decisions.  So I am making this one for you. If we fight, it would be at 155.

- I’m not fighting in March. Neither are you. You may imagine you are, and the imbeciles you surround yourself with may nod in agreement like the trained dogs they are, but you aren’t fighting in March. You’ve lied to your fans, and let them down over and over, and nobody is clamoring to put the BJ PENN EXCUSE FACTORY back in business. Were I to agree to fight you in March and whup your ass, it would only give you and your lackeys the “BJ didn’t have enough time” bullshit excuse. Additionally, if we do fight, it will be on MY timetable, NOT yours. You are retired, and have no schedule. I am an active fighter, on the roster, with a schedule and training platform that is not beholden to your desires, grudges, or need for narcissistic supply.

- You still owe Mike Dolce $ 22,000. Knowing him, he is too gracious and dignified a man to revisit the traitorous back-stabbing skullduggery you engaged in with him after the third time Frankie Edgar kicked your ass inside-out. I, however, don’t have the luxury of grace, and dignity is best left out of any exchange that includes you. You will donate $ 22,000 of your purse to the HAWAII DOG FOUNDATION,  a no-kill, all-volunteer rescue organization working hard to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in Hawaii, in Mike Dolce’s name.

Give these conditions some thought. They are non-negotiable. They are rules you WILL abide by, or you can go whistle. I have a contract, and plenty of guys to fight. As a Narcissist, you have nothing but an image. And you NEED attention. You have all the money you could ever spend; but it doesn’t satisfy you. I have what you NEED. I’M in charge. You can do what narcissists usually do when confronted by a higher power; SLINK AWAY. Or you can confront your needs, realize I can fulfill them, and come to terms with me, looming over you, holding the….


WHIP HAND.

I’m ALREADY in charge, you poor, deluded, fool. I did more to motivate you with TWO POEMS than all your yes-men, and titles, and highlights could.
Get as angry as you want. Go out behind your huge inherited estate and kick rocks. Go cry to your Mommy. Go shit in your hat and bark at the moon.
You want to fight?
Then it’s on MY terms. 
FACE IT.

Now run along, little man. Go find a way to swallow your overarching pride and do it MY way, or scuttle about like a deformed crab at low tide, like a masochist at last call, desperately looking for somebody else to thrash you.


You can go to Greg Jackson’s, you can go to Jermaine Jackson’s, you can listen to Mahalia Jackson, you can resurrect Jackson fuckin’ POLLOCK to paint you a better picture of yourself than the one we all see; but…

You’re an unclaimed, busted-down suitcase on a dusty shelf in an abandoned bus-terminal. Accept my conditions, or rot in obscurity.

Nik Lentz
Your BOSS”

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Nik Lentz issues statement in response to B.J. Penn’s callout

After exchanging unpleasantries over the last couple of months, retired UFC hall of famer B.J. Penn posted a message on his Instagram on Wednesday formally challenging Nik Lentz to a fight at UFC 197. The two have had bad blood going back to a lingering feud between Penn and his one-time nutritionist, Mike Dolce, whom Lentz had also used to help make weight at 145 pounds. Penn called out Lentz while doing a television appearance in the fall, but people weren’t sure how serious he was at the time. And neither did Penn know that Lentz was no longer working with Dolce.
Lentz was insulted by the misguided call out, and penned a pair of poems directed at none other than the “Prodigy” himself.
As Penn expressed in his message — which came after another post of him standing with renowned coach Greg Jackson — he took umbrage to these poems, calling them “silly.”
On Wednesday evening, “The Carny” responded to Penn’s call out with the following message, which he sent to MMA Fighting.
***
“BJ,
I received your poorly-worded, utterly predictable, message.
In spite of its clumsy structure, awful spelling, incorrect usage (you state at one point that I wrote a poem about you making fun of yourself), and general air of arrogance, entitled stupidity, I’m considering your request.
There are, of course, some conditions.

- I’m never competing at 145 ever again. Neither should you. I came to this conclusion after doing careful research, and deciding what was right for my long-term health as well as my short-term performance. If you fight at 145, it won’t be long before you’re eating banana mush in a nuthouse. I am accountable to my family, and my future with them. Because you are an impulsive tyrant surrounded by yes-men, you have no ability to make rational, intelligent decisions.  So I am making this one for you. If we fight, it would be at 155.

- I’m not fighting in March. Neither are you. You may imagine you are, and the imbeciles you surround yourself with may nod in agreement like the trained dogs they are, but you aren’t fighting in March. You’ve lied to your fans, and let them down over and over, and nobody is clamoring to put the BJ PENN EXCUSE FACTORY back in business. Were I to agree to fight you in March and whup your ass, it would only give you and your lackeys the “BJ didn’t have enough time” bullshit excuse. Additionally, if we do fight, it will be on MY timetable, NOT yours. You are retired, and have no schedule. I am an active fighter, on the roster, with a schedule and training platform that is not beholden to your desires, grudges, or need for narcissistic supply.

- You still owe Mike Dolce $ 22,000. Knowing him, he is too gracious and dignified a man to revisit the traitorous back-stabbing skullduggery you engaged in with him after the third time Frankie Edgar kicked your ass inside-out. I, however, don’t have the luxury of grace, and dignity is best left out of any exchange that includes you. You will donate $ 22,000 of your purse to the HAWAII DOG FOUNDATION,  a no-kill, all-volunteer rescue organization working hard to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in Hawaii, in Mike Dolce’s name.

Give these conditions some thought. They are non-negotiable. They are rules you WILL abide by, or you can go whistle. I have a contract, and plenty of guys to fight. As a Narcissist, you have nothing but an image. And you NEED attention. You have all the money you could ever spend; but it doesn’t satisfy you. I have what you NEED. I’M in charge. You can do what narcissists usually do when confronted by a higher power; SLINK AWAY. Or you can confront your needs, realize I can fulfill them, and come to terms with me, looming over you, holding the….


WHIP HAND.

I’m ALREADY in charge, you poor, deluded, fool. I did more to motivate you with TWO POEMS than all your yes-men, and titles, and highlights could.
Get as angry as you want. Go out behind your huge inherited estate and kick rocks. Go cry to your Mommy. Go shit in your hat and bark at the moon.
You want to fight?
Then it’s on MY terms. 
FACE IT.

Now run along, little man. Go find a way to swallow your overarching pride and do it MY way, or scuttle about like a deformed crab at low tide, like a masochist at last call, desperately looking for somebody else to thrash you.


You can go to Greg Jackson’s, you can go to Jermaine Jackson’s, you can listen to Mahalia Jackson, you can resurrect Jackson fuckin’ POLLOCK to paint you a better picture of yourself than the one we all see; but…

You’re an unclaimed, busted-down suitcase on a dusty shelf in an abandoned bus-terminal. Accept my conditions, or rot in obscurity.

Nik Lentz
Your BOSS”

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Nik Lentz issues statement in response to B.J. Penn’s callout

After exchanging unpleasantries over the last couple of months, retired UFC hall of famer B.J. Penn posted a message on his Instagram on Wednesday formally challenging Nik Lentz to a fight at UFC 197. The two have had bad blood going back to a lingering feud between Penn and his one-time nutritionist, Mike Dolce, whom Lentz had also used to help make weight at 145 pounds. Penn called out Lentz while doing a television appearance in the fall, but people weren’t sure how serious he was at the time. And neither did Penn know that Lentz was no longer working with Dolce.
Lentz was insulted by the misguided call out, and penned a pair of poems directed at none other than the “Prodigy” himself.
As Penn expressed in his message — which came after another post of him standing with renowned coach Greg Jackson — he took umbrage to these poems, calling them “silly.”
On Wednesday evening, “The Carny” responded to Penn’s call out with the following message, which he sent to MMA Fighting.
***
“BJ,
I received your poorly-worded, utterly predictable, message.
In spite of its clumsy structure, awful spelling, incorrect usage (you state at one point that I wrote a poem about you making fun of yourself), and general air of arrogance, entitled stupidity, I’m considering your request.
There are, of course, some conditions.

- I’m never competing at 145 ever again. Neither should you. I came to this conclusion after doing careful research, and deciding what was right for my long-term health as well as my short-term performance. If you fight at 145, it won’t be long before you’re eating banana mush in a nuthouse. I am accountable to my family, and my future with them. Because you are an impulsive tyrant surrounded by yes-men, you have no ability to make rational, intelligent decisions.  So I am making this one for you. If we fight, it would be at 155.

- I’m not fighting in March. Neither are you. You may imagine you are, and the imbeciles you surround yourself with may nod in agreement like the trained dogs they are, but you aren’t fighting in March. You’ve lied to your fans, and let them down over and over, and nobody is clamoring to put the BJ PENN EXCUSE FACTORY back in business. Were I to agree to fight you in March and whup your ass, it would only give you and your lackeys the “BJ didn’t have enough time” bullshit excuse. Additionally, if we do fight, it will be on MY timetable, NOT yours. You are retired, and have no schedule. I am an active fighter, on the roster, with a schedule and training platform that is not beholden to your desires, grudges, or need for narcissistic supply.

- You still owe Mike Dolce $ 22,000. Knowing him, he is too gracious and dignified a man to revisit the traitorous back-stabbing skullduggery you engaged in with him after the third time Frankie Edgar kicked your ass inside-out. I, however, don’t have the luxury of grace, and dignity is best left out of any exchange that includes you. You will donate $ 22,000 of your purse to the HAWAII DOG FOUNDATION,  a no-kill, all-volunteer rescue organization working hard to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in Hawaii, in Mike Dolce’s name.

Give these conditions some thought. They are non-negotiable. They are rules you WILL abide by, or you can go whistle. I have a contract, and plenty of guys to fight. As a Narcissist, you have nothing but an image. And you NEED attention. You have all the money you could ever spend; but it doesn’t satisfy you. I have what you NEED. I’M in charge. You can do what narcissists usually do when confronted by a higher power; SLINK AWAY. Or you can confront your needs, realize I can fulfill them, and come to terms with me, looming over you, holding the….


WHIP HAND.

I’m ALREADY in charge, you poor, deluded, fool. I did more to motivate you with TWO POEMS than all your yes-men, and titles, and highlights could.
Get as angry as you want. Go out behind your huge inherited estate and kick rocks. Go cry to your Mommy. Go shit in your hat and bark at the moon.
You want to fight?
Then it’s on MY terms. 
FACE IT.

Now run along, little man. Go find a way to swallow your overarching pride and do it MY way, or scuttle about like a deformed crab at low tide, like a masochist at last call, desperately looking for somebody else to thrash you.


You can go to Greg Jackson’s, you can go to Jermaine Jackson’s, you can listen to Mahalia Jackson, you can resurrect Jackson fuckin’ POLLOCK to paint you a better picture of yourself than the one we all see; but…

You’re an unclaimed, busted-down suitcase on a dusty shelf in an abandoned bus-terminal. Accept my conditions, or rot in obscurity.

Nik Lentz
Your BOSS”

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Nik Lentz issues statement in response to B.J. Penn’s callout

After exchanging unpleasantries over the last couple of months, retired UFC hall of famer B.J. Penn posted a message on his Instagram on Wednesday formally challenging Nik Lentz to a fight at UFC 197. The two have had bad blood going back to a lingering feud between Penn and his one-time nutritionist, Mike Dolce, whom Lentz had also used to help make weight at 145 pounds. Penn called out Lentz while doing a television appearance in the fall, but people weren’t sure how serious he was at the time. And neither did Penn know that Lentz was no longer working with Dolce.
Lentz was insulted by the misguided call out, and penned a pair of poems directed at none other than the “Prodigy” himself.
As Penn expressed in his message — which came after another post of him standing with renowned coach Greg Jackson — he took umbrage to these poems, calling them “silly.”
On Wednesday evening, “The Carny” responded to Penn’s call out with the following message, which he sent to MMA Fighting.
***
“BJ,
I received your poorly-worded, utterly predictable, message.
In spite of its clumsy structure, awful spelling, incorrect usage (you state at one point that I wrote a poem about you making fun of yourself), and general air of arrogance, entitled stupidity, I’m considering your request.
There are, of course, some conditions.

- I’m never competing at 145 ever again. Neither should you. I came to this conclusion after doing careful research, and deciding what was right for my long-term health as well as my short-term performance. If you fight at 145, it won’t be long before you’re eating banana mush in a nuthouse. I am accountable to my family, and my future with them. Because you are an impulsive tyrant surrounded by yes-men, you have no ability to make rational, intelligent decisions.  So I am making this one for you. If we fight, it would be at 155.

- I’m not fighting in March. Neither are you. You may imagine you are, and the imbeciles you surround yourself with may nod in agreement like the trained dogs they are, but you aren’t fighting in March. You’ve lied to your fans, and let them down over and over, and nobody is clamoring to put the BJ PENN EXCUSE FACTORY back in business. Were I to agree to fight you in March and whup your ass, it would only give you and your lackeys the “BJ didn’t have enough time” bullshit excuse. Additionally, if we do fight, it will be on MY timetable, NOT yours. You are retired, and have no schedule. I am an active fighter, on the roster, with a schedule and training platform that is not beholden to your desires, grudges, or need for narcissistic supply.

- You still owe Mike Dolce $ 22,000. Knowing him, he is too gracious and dignified a man to revisit the traitorous back-stabbing skullduggery you engaged in with him after the third time Frankie Edgar kicked your ass inside-out. I, however, don’t have the luxury of grace, and dignity is best left out of any exchange that includes you. You will donate $ 22,000 of your purse to the HAWAII DOG FOUNDATION,  a no-kill, all-volunteer rescue organization working hard to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in Hawaii, in Mike Dolce’s name.

Give these conditions some thought. They are non-negotiable. They are rules you WILL abide by, or you can go whistle. I have a contract, and plenty of guys to fight. As a Narcissist, you have nothing but an image. And you NEED attention. You have all the money you could ever spend; but it doesn’t satisfy you. I have what you NEED. I’M in charge. You can do what narcissists usually do when confronted by a higher power; SLINK AWAY. Or you can confront your needs, realize I can fulfill them, and come to terms with me, looming over you, holding the….


WHIP HAND.

I’m ALREADY in charge, you poor, deluded, fool. I did more to motivate you with TWO POEMS than all your yes-men, and titles, and highlights could.
Get as angry as you want. Go out behind your huge inherited estate and kick rocks. Go cry to your Mommy. Go shit in your hat and bark at the moon.
You want to fight?
Then it’s on MY terms. 
FACE IT.

Now run along, little man. Go find a way to swallow your overarching pride and do it MY way, or scuttle about like a deformed crab at low tide, like a masochist at last call, desperately looking for somebody else to thrash you.


You can go to Greg Jackson’s, you can go to Jermaine Jackson’s, you can listen to Mahalia Jackson, you can resurrect Jackson fuckin’ POLLOCK to paint you a better picture of yourself than the one we all see; but…

You’re an unclaimed, busted-down suitcase on a dusty shelf in an abandoned bus-terminal. Accept my conditions, or rot in obscurity.

Nik Lentz
Your BOSS”

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Thomas Almeida responds to John Dodson’s callout, more interested in Urijah Faber fight

John Dodson is still waiting for a response after asking the UFC for a fight against bantamweight prospect Thomas Almeida, but the Brazilian is looking for a different opponent.

Ranked at No. 7 in the 135-pound division after four straight wins in 365 days as a UFC fighter, Almeida wants to face someone at the top of the bantamweight class so he moves one step closer towards the belt.

“I believe a fighter better ranked than me would be great, so I can prove to myself I’m capable and move up the rankings,” the 20-0 bantamweight told MMAFighting.com. “That’s the plan, but I have to be ready for whoever the UFC wants. But if I can get an opponent ranked higher than me, that’s better.”

Dodson recently explained why he wants Almeida next. The Chute Boxe talent would accept to welcome “The Magician” back to the bantamweight division, but suggests he faces former WEC champion Urijah Faber instead.

“(Dodson) is a great athlete, I admire him a lot, he has beaten great names in both divisions, bantamweight and below,” Almeida said. “I’m an employee and I don’t pick fights. Whoever the UFC wants, I’ll do my best to win.

“Every fight is interesting, especially now at the top of the division. It’s a challenge. But I believe Faber would be a better fight for me career-wise.”

Faber is currently slated to face Frankie Saenz in the preliminary portion of UFC 194 on Dec. 12, looking to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Frankie Edgar in May.

“I believe he is (the perfect fight for me),” Almeida said of “The California Kid”. “He’s ranked higher than me. He’s a great athlete, has a really good name, a lot of experience, so it would be a big challenge for me. If I can get past him, and prove my training is on the right way, it would be ideal.”

Almeida only finished three of 20 opponents by way of submission as a mixed martial artist, and scored three of 16 knockouts after joining the UFC. However, “Thominhas” is confident he has what it takes to grapple with Faber.

“I have to keep my fight style, that’s what the UFC likes and what sells well, but I’m well prepared for everything,” he said. “If we go to the ground, if he wants to grapple or wrestle, I’ll be fine. I train with the best and I’m experienced, getting more confident after each fight. That’s what matters.”

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Bethe Correia ‘surprised’ by Sarah Kaufman’s callout, vows to knock her out in the first round

Bethe Correia was called out by Sarah Kaufman on Twitter, and she has a response.

Undefeated in MMA after 10 professional fights, three under the UFC banner, Correia is sidelined after undergoing an eye surgery, and would be glad to face Kaufman inside the Octagon in late March.

“I was surprised with another girl calling me out,” Correia told MMAFighting.com. “She tweeted at me inviting me to go to war, asking when I can come back. I will be cleared to fight in the end of March.”

Kaufman scored 10 of her 17 wins by way of KO or TKO, and that’s exactly the type of fight Correia wants for her return.

“Sarah is a striker like me and I love to fight strikers,” Correia said. “I wanted my next fight to be against a top 5 so people would stop saying I can’t beat Ronda because I haven’t faced a top 5 yet. The majority of her wins were by TKO, and I’m ready to fight her. I want to fight someone who will stand and bang with me, not someone who will just try to hug me.

“She already fought Ronda Rousey, Alexis Davis, Leslie Smith, Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate. She’s fought all the top fighters, so that’s even better for me. That’s up to the UFC. I just hope my next fight is against either Ronda or a top 5.”

Following a streak of four decision victories, Correia finished a fight in the UFC for the first time when she knocked out Rousey’s teammate Shayna Baszler at UFC 177, and predicts a sequence of finishes in 2015.

“I never shy away from a brawl,” she said. “I will beat her or anyone else by first-round knockout.”

Rousey is set to defend her 135-pound title against Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb. 28, and Correia would also be down to face “Rowdy” next if that’s what the UFC wants – and assuming she beats Zingano.

“If I could choose, I would love to go straight to the title fight, but it’s not my call,” Correia said. “The UFC has a project for me, and we’ll follow it step by step. I will fight Ronda in 2015. I want Ronda to win (at UFC 184) so I am the one to defeat her.”

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