UFC Hall of Famer B.J Penn is no longer a part of the UFC roster.
The Hawaiian veteran of the sport was released by the promotion this week, UFC president Dana White said, in the wake of several videos surfacing of Penn fighting on the streets of his home state of Hawaii. White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto earlier this month, before UFC 243, that he would no longer be offering Penn fights.
“He won’t fight again, that’s it,” White told ESPN. “That’s a wrap. It’s not even that this was the last straw. I didn’t love him continuing to fight anyway, but with the relationship that he and I have — he gets me on the phone, begging me for another fight. It’s hard to turn him down.
“After what I saw in that video, BJ needs to, you know, he needs to focus on his personal life before he thinks about fighting.”
At the time, Penn was reportedly in talks to fight fellow veteran Nik Lentz at a future UFC event.
Penn addressed the altercation in an interview with TSN, explaining that he was trying to avoid trouble and defuse the situation before it escalated into the incident that was made public by TMZ.
In his prime, Penn (16-14-2) was one of the UFC’s most popular and successful fighters, capturing world titles at 155 and 170 pounds. He holds wins over fellow UFC Hall of Fame members Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, as well as Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Jens Pulver, and Takanori Gomi.
“The Prodigy” has failed to replicate that success in recent years. His last eight fights have seen him go 0-7-1 and he has not picked up a victory since winning a trilogy bout against Hughes at UFC 123 in November 2010.