Paul Kelly doesn’t think BJ Penn has revealed the real reason why he lost

UK lightweight, Paul Kelly gives his thoughts on his idol, BJ Penn on the eve of the former champs return to the octagon in Boston, Massachusetts, adding he feels that Penn has never revealed the real resoning for his underperformance at UFC 112 in April.

Kelly, speaking via ESPN.co.uk, said:

“I’ve said it over and over again. BJ Penn is the most technically sound fighter in the division. Pound for pound, he’s one of the greatest fighters ever. There’s been no excuses come from him since that loss [to Edgar]. I reckon something wasn’t quite right, maybe he didn’t put in the workload in training, and if that’s the case he deserved to lose.”

“But I think something was wrong. He’s too respectful to say it, like I was in the aftermath of the Siver fight. Some fighters stand in the ring afterwards and talk about injuries, but that’s disrespectful. Go lie down in the corner and shut up.”

“Penn hasn’t said anything but I think if he wins back his belt we may hear the true reason for his performance at UFC 112. He didn’t use any foot movement. BJ’s got the best foot movement in the UFC. He’s the best boxer the UFC has ever seen. For Edgar to beat him for movement, something was wrong in my opinion.”

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