UFC Still Going to Hawaii But Wanted B.J. Penn to Headline at Aloha Stadium

February 8, 2012
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The UFC’s goal of landing in Hawaii is still happening, but not the way they wanted.

The promotion has long talked about landing on the island where MMA continues to be a thriving and very popular sport, but their best laid plans took a hit last October.

According to UFC President Dana White, the plan for the UFC’s first ever show in Hawaii was to have former lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn headline a card at the Aloha Bowl.

Unfortunately when Penn lost to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 last October, the Hawaiian has opted to take some much needed time off and it threw a bit of a monkey wrench into their plans.

“We’re still working on that, but we want to do it. I was kind of hoping to go to Hawaii again and do a B.J. (Penn) fight at the Aloha Bowl, but B.J. wants to take some time off. He’s going to relax for a while,” White revealed about the UFC going to Hawaii.

The Aloha Bowl is a reference to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. It would have marked one of the first times the UFC has gone to an outdoor stadium for a show. The stadium seats approximately 50,000 when filled to capacity.

They haven’t shut the door on going to Hawaii by any means, but the plan was to have Penn, who is a huge star in his native state, headline the show.

It’s still possible however that if a Hawaii show comes together, that could be just the temptation that Penn needs to bring him back from his time off.

Either way, the UFC will still be going to the state, it’s just not locked in as to when that might happen.

“We’re coming regardless,” said White. “But that was the fight I really wanted to do there.”

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  • RubeKegal

    Say retired BJ Your loss to Diaz shows you don’t have the desire to work out hard. Round 1, engine was running and you outclassed him. Round 2 and 3 you looked like Don Frye about a minute in with his slugfest vs. Yoshihiro Takayama. You’re a legend, keep that legacy.

    • that fight was at WW…BJ looks pretty awesome at LW and has only lost to Edgar…i think he can hang w/ plenty of the divisions top LWs…idk who hed fight but i think BJ headlining a Hawaii card is perfect…a UFC event in Hawaii without BJ just doesnt make sense…Grove is on a 2 fight win streak and could possibly get resigned for that fight…i believe Leben live sin Hawaii now, not sure how much longer his suspension is tho…

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  • mark248am

    UFC 112 was outdoor

    • jmat13

      It said one of the first times. They worded it kinda weird.

  • shakejunt

    maybe re-sign kendall?

    • jmat13

      He did win his last fight. Maybe give him a 1 fight contract to re prove himself? I know the UFC likes multi fight deals but they have done it before.

  • Cost a lot of money to hold an event in Hawaii. Lots of regulations and lots of fees and “taxes”.

  • bajafox

    I’ve been reading about this for nearly 2 or more years now, it doesn’t seem like it will happen before BJ officially retires

  • fsunoles09

    it would be nice to see leben back in action.prolly 1 of my favorite fighters

  • b-soc

    Kimo vs. Joe Son (weekend pass) – there’s your main event!!!!

    • jmat13

      Haha! How old is Kimo now? He has to be pushing 50.

  • jmat13

    BJ has tons of pride. If someone calls him out he will come back to fight at least once more. BJ vs. Cerrone would be great if he would drop back down to LW. Or maybe…..Nate Diaz?