As the old saying goes, you shouldn’t meet your heroes.
UFC lightweight Kevin Lee is here to dispel that notion. Recently the 155-pound prospect got the opportunity to roll around with UFC Hall Of Famer BJ Penn.
Lee calls the Hawaiian legend “good people” (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“Meet them,” Lee said. “They’re cool people. We sat on the mat and talked for hours after. He’s good people.”
“The Motown Phenom” is coming off a TKO victory over Edson Barboza. He’s making quite the name for himself in the UFC and Penn has taken notice. Penn reached out and initiated the training session:
“He’s like, ‘I’m in Vegas.’ He’s a fan,” Lee said. “Like, ‘You’re a fan of me?’ It was kind of weird at first. But then getting to roll with him, I mean.”
As for what Lee took from his experience with Penn, he said it’s reassurance that he’s doing things right in regards to training:
“It gave me a lot of reassurance that what I’m doing is right; it’s working,” Lee said.
The 39-year-old Penn attempted a return to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition last year. It was unsuccessful with back-to-back defeats.
Penn was finished by Yair Rodriguez via knockout before dropping a Majority Decision to Dennis Siver. It’s unknown if he’ll attempt to fight inside the Octagon again. Penn hasn’t won a fight in MMA competition since 2010 when he knocked out Matt Hughes in 21 seconds.