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BJ Penn: I’ll Come Back at 145, Smash Mike Dolce

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It turns out 14 months isn’t long enough to mend what differences former UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn has with ultra-popular MMA nutritionist Mike Dolce.

Based on Penn’s recent interview on UFC Tonight, the legendary 155-pounder might need 140 months before he can squash his beef.


As the story goes, Penn enlisted Dolce’s famed services for his 2014 rematch with Frankie Edgar — the man responsible for dethroning one of the sport’s most popular lightweight champions. Only this time Penn wouldn’t be facing Edgar at 155 pounds like he’d done twice before; he’d be making the trek down to 145 pounds for the first time in his 13-year career. Penn said Dolce’s methods didn’t work, though, claiming the nutritionist failed to monitor his weight or give him the necessary steps to both make the weight comfortably and perform at his optimum level.

“The Prodigy” went on to drop a third-round TKO in his third fight against Edgar, often looking far too stiff to contend against the more agile fighter.

Posting a 1-5-1 record since 2009, you’d be wise to question whether Dana White and the UFC would genuinely consider bringing back a 36-year-old Penn, regardless of how much money he’d guarantee them.

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