Sports

UFC Legend B.J. Penn Hit With Retraining Order After Allegations Of Abuse

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

UFC legend B.J. Penn has been hit with a restraining order from his estranged girlfriend that will go until October 8, 2021.

According to MMA Junkie, the long order was issued back in February after a hearing. There was a temporary one issued in Hawaii in October. We now have some more details on the alleged situation, and they’re not pretty.

MMA Junkie reported the following on the restraining order Wednesday afternoon:

Uaiwa alleges Penn verbally abused and menaced her in front of their two children and her mother, threatened to kill her family, and sexually abused her, according to a written statement attached to the protective order and obtained by MMA Junkie via a public records request. She detailed several episodes of disturbing behavior over a three-year period and said they are only the most recent incidents.

Uaiwa wrote that she didn’t report Penn to authorities “because of his name, reputation, the control he has had over my life and I was scared.”

MMA Junkie also tried to get comment from Penn’s legal representation, but they couldn’t legally comment because “the case involves children.”

For those of you who don’t know, Penn is currently scheduled to fight at UFC 237 on March 11. It’s unclear if this report will change any of that.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by BJ Penn (@bjpenn) on

You almost have to imagine that Dana White has to do something, right? Can the UFC really let a guy walk into the octagon when he has a restraining order from a woman against him for the next several years?

I don’t think you can. The optics of that would be horrendous.

I’m not in Dana White’s shoes but I’d tell Penn ‘see you later’ if I was running the show. I’d pay whatever was owed in his contract, and I’d tell him he’s not fighting.

To be clear, he hasn’t been convicted of a crime, but that doesn’t mean the UFC has to promote him or put him in a fight.

It’s a business, and I think most people would agree letting a guy with a restraining order against him fight would be a terrible business decision.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by BJ Penn (@bjpenn) on

It’ll be interesting to see if Penn is in the octagon when May 11 rolls around. I won’t be surprised at all if he’s not.