BJ Penn's Coach Cries Foul Over Matchmaking That Led To Recent Ugly Loss To Yair Rodriguez
Veteran striking coach Jason Parillo called out UFC matchmakers for setting up the recent BJ Penn vs. Yair Rodriguez fight last Sunday in Phoenix.
It was supposedly the return fight of "The Prodigy" after an 18-month retirement, which turned out to be a mere hiatus. He was originally slated for a comeback in 2016, but all of his match-ups against the likes of Cole Miller, Dennis Siver, and Ricardo Lamas all failed to come to fruition.
The 38-year-old Penn is still touted as one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts history, despite the four consecutive losses he now holds. But after being easily beaten with a second round TKO by Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 103, Parillo says the UFC could have matched Penn up with someone who could've served as a tune-up fight.
"It'd be nice to kind of get the opportunity to shake off a little rust and put BJ in there with a guy that, you know, he's got a better chance than a four and a half to one," Parillo told Submission Radio. "Four and a half to one is a pretty big spread."
Penn last experienced victory in 2010, when he knocked out UFC Hall-of-Famer Matt Hughes. Since then, he has lost all of his fights, against the likes of Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald and Frankie Edgar. According to Parillo, Penn is one of the very few fighters on the roster to be matched up against a young stud like Rodriguez, despite his winless run, because he believes the UFC is confident that Penn will take on all comers, no matter what.
"They know he won't say no and they know he will take on everybody. He prefers to fight the top ten guys," Parillo said. "I mean, I would've loved to be the guy to be able to pick the fight, but that's not my job and that's not my position."
Penn currently holds a record of 16-11-2, with 13 wins by stoppage. He is also the first UFC two-division world champion.
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