Videos Show UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn in Alleged Bar Fight in Hawaii

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 28, 2019


B.J. Penn continues to find trouble outside of the cage.

In two separate videos posted by TMZ Sports, Penn is allegedly involved in a bar fight outside Lava Shack bar in Pahoa, Hawaii, on Tuesday. In the first video, the UFC Hall of Famer has a man in back mount, where he lands several punches to the head before being pulled off by what appears to be security.

In a separate video, the fight has moved outside, and Penn is knocked to the ground by a left hand to the chin before the two men are again separated. According to the report, police arrived at the scene but no arrests were made. It is currently unclear what started the fight.



Penn’s attorney later released a statement to Hawaiian news station KHON2 regarding the footage of the altercation:

“After learning more about Tuesday evening’s altercation between B.J. Penn and an acquaintance, we feel strongly that we need to correct the misinformation about what transpired,” the statement reads.

“Upon meeting friends for a concert at the Lava Shack, words were exchanged between B.J. and the acquaintance.  From witness accounts, B.J. tried multiple times to diffuse the situation, but was hit repeatedly and knocked to the ground, as seen on the video.  When he got back up he was disoriented, yet realized how serious the situation and threat was and felt there was a need to defend himself.  We are thankful that neither B.J. nor the acquaintance were seriously injured.”

Just two months prior, Penn was allegedly involved in a fight with a bouncer outside a Hawaii strip club, where the fighter grapples with the man on the ground. No arrests were made in that incident, either.

Early this year, Shealen Uaiwa, the mother of Penn’s children, filed a restraining order against the former champion in which she accuses the ex-champion of verbal, physical and sexual abuse as well as drug addiction.

Penn last competed at UFC 237 on May 11, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Clay Guida for his seventh consecutive defeat. UFC president initially claimed that he wouldn’t offer “The Prodigy” another fight, but had a change of heart due to Penn’s persistence. Penn is expected to face Nik Lentz in his final UFC bout, although a date for that matchup has not been finalized.

Note: This story was updated to include a statement from Penn's attorney.

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