BJ Penn promotes new dvd on Oahu

Kele Olanolan
Kele Olanolan
BJ Penn
BJ Penn

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

KUNIA (KHNL) - Fresh from his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title defense,Hilo native BJ Penn visited the Kunia Walmart Friday night to promote his new DVD that shows fans his fierce training leading up to a fight.

"He rocks," said Penn fan Jericho Deleon.

"He's a great fighter," said Penn fan Keola Isnec.

"His good punches, his kicks, I like the way he fights," said Deleon.

"There's a lot of people from Hawaii that fight and train, but he really made it to the big show," said Penn fan Kele Olanolan.

Despite international spotlight, the lightweight champ is a simple guy.

"How's it going?" said UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn.

"The Prodigy" Penn is greeted by admiring fans, fresh off his victory over Kenny Florian earlier this month.

"After a grueling training camp, you just hope everything goes in a positive direction and I'm glad everything went well," said Penn.

He's on Oahu to promote his new dvd. It takes fans through Penn's mental and physical preparation 90-days leading up to his fight versus Georges St. Pierre in January. But before that, he squared off with our own sparring Stephanie Lum. And Penn is going to need a training partner for an upcoming lightweight bout in November with Diego Sanchez.

"I'm ready for the rematch, has she been training?" said Penn.

"She's been eating a lot of candy," said KHNL and K-5's Zahid Arab.

"Where is she?" said Penn.

It was lights out for Penn's last opponent with a choke submission.

"Put my elbow in front of his chin. Tap out its over," said Penn.

BJ Penn has another six autograph appearances on Oahu the next few days.

Saturday, August 22nd, Honolulu Best Buy, 12:00pm.

Saturday, August 22nd, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, 4:00pm.

Sunday, August 23rd, Ward Centre Borders Books & Music, 2:00pm

Sunday, August 23rd, Pearl City Best Buy, 5:00pm

Wednesday, August 26th, Hawaiian Telcom in Pearlridge Center, 4:30pm

Wednesday, August 26th, T&C Surf in Pearlridge Center, 6:00pm.