LOS ANGELES – B.J. Penn has relocated his camp to Southern California in an effort to prepare for his UFC 137 bout against Carlos Condit.
Joining Penn in California will be former UFC middleweight and Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Grove and B.J.’s brother, Reagan Penn, as they both get ready for their Aug. 27 fights on the ProElite show in Hawaii.
The information was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by one of Penn’s training partners, Erik Apple.
“We’re training down at RVCA (in Costa Mesa),” Apple said on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. “We have B.J. Penn, Reagan Penn training down there, as well as Kendall Grove. Both Kendall Grove and Reagan Penn are going to be fighting on Pro Elite’s event Aug. 27 in Honolulu, Hawaii.”
According to Apple, Grove and the Penn brothers have been in the Orange County region for approximately two weeks in anticipation of their upcoming fights.
“They’re going to be preparing for Aug. 27, and after that, B.J. is going to stay here and continue to get ready for his fight with Carlos Condit in October,” he said.
The move to the mainland gives Penn a good three months to adjust to the time difference and environment while training for his bout against Condit, which is slotted to take place on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.
The ProElite event sets the stage for Grove’s first fight out of the UFC since being released by the promotion last month. He’ll face another UFC veteran in Joe Riggs.
Although he has no amateur fighting experience, Reagan Penn will make his MMA debut on Aug. 27 and word on the street is that his jiu-jitsu is second to none. Early talk has indicated that the sky is the limit in regards to his potential.
“Reagan has very, very good jiu-jitsu, amazing jiu-jitsu,” Apple said about the younger Penn. “He can certainly be a star in mixed martial arts, just like B.J.”
No opponent has been named for B.J.’s brother, but MMAWeekly.com will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
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