Morning Report: B.J. Penn recounts harrowing near-death experience: ‘I got sucked into a wave pool engine room’

B.J. Penn | @bjpenn, InstagramB.J. Penn was in a life-threatening scenario last year and he credits his fighting career with helping him get through it. The former two-division UFC champion shared a story on Instagram in which he recounted nearly dying after being sucked into the engine room of a wave pool at a water park (Penn refrained from specifying the location). Penn also shared images of the injuries that he suffered during the incident, which can be seen below along with his unedited caption. View this post on Instagram A post shared by BJ Penn (@bjpenn) According to Penn, 42, the frightening incident occurred sometime last year while Penn was taking a break from surfing. As one of the waves returned (Penn calls it a “dud wave”) it swept Penn up and dragged him under a wall where he ended up in the engine room of the wave pool. That room fills up with water that becomes the next wave and in this case, submerged Penn in it. What happened next, Penn describes as something out of the “Saw or Final Destination” horror films. “The room would fill up with water to the top and I would hold my breath and then it would push the water out to make the wave and it was really rough inside there,” Penn wrote. “Everything I bumped up against in the room that hurt me got infected. I got a bad sinus infection and a couple facial fractures from getting knocked around the cement walls and from the fractures the dirty water got in my face and infected my whole sinus. I was on antibiotics for three weeks for my face.” Fortunately for Penn, one of his friends, an experienced surfer, would eventually rescue him. As you can see from the photos above, Penn ended up with several ugly bruises, but otherwise appears to be in good health. Penn says that thinking about his family helped him to get through the ordeal, as did the challenges he faced during his UFC Hall of Fame career. “A lot of other people might have panicked and maybe gave up but I just stayed strong for my kids,” Penn wrote. “Anyway to make a long story short I survived that motherf*cker.” “Maybe I was the first guy in history to get sucked into a wave pool engine room while it is in operation but no matter what happens in life and no matter how scary it is if I can offer you any advice I would just say to ‘stay calm,’ Penn added. “If I didn’t fight tough c*nts my whole life I might have panicked, but it was just another day in the office.” TOP STORIES Ow. Dustin Poirier’s knee was hurting after his trilogy bout with Conor McGregor. Psychoooo. UFC Vegas 33 main event winner Sean Strickland wants “to kill somebody in the ring.” Why. Three fighters took on one at a freak show event in Poland. How much? Be prepared to shell out 60 bones for the Paul-Woodley fight. Wait. Conor McGregor needs time to recover from injury, but wants to do charity wheelchair boxing bout. VIDEO STEW Daniel Cormier talks Olympic wrestling, Simone Biles, and more with MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin. UFC 265 hype. Melvin Manhoef appreciation. LISTEN UP On to the Next One. MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee figure out what’s next for the fighters from UFC Vegas 33, plus A.J. McKee and Patricio Pitbull ideas. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE The new champ. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AJ McKee (@ajmckee101) Bored, Conor? pic.twitter.com/Xdw5dTzhVs— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 3, 2021 Gilbert Burns going fishing. Leon, Masvidal and Nate don’t want no smoke ‍♂️ ‍♂️— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) August 2, 2021 Francis Ngannou fights [insert Michael Jai White film/TV reference here... I choose Spawn]. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Francis Ngannou (@francisngannou) Robin Black breaks down A.J. McKee’s historic finish. .@RobinBlackMMA breaks down the head kick from @AJMckee101 at #Bellator263, followed by the subsequent uppercut of violence that would lead to AJ becoming the world featherweight champ!#MMA #FeatherweightWGP pic.twitter.com/Ez5QeYjSzC— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) August 2, 2021 Chael Sonnen crowns Bellator’s new featherweight king. A star is born in @ajmckee101 pic.twitter.com/KimZyLLu75— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) August 2, 2021 Nick Diaz was JAZZED for Nate at UFC 263. Look at Nick Diaz’s reaction pic.twitter.com/THBsYSM5Av— ᴛʜᴇᴀʀᴛᴏꜰᴡᴀʀ (@TheArtOfWar6) August 2, 2021 Practice being like Anthony Pettis responsibly. Try this butterfly kick and tag me pic.twitter.com/G9DNIQksSV— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) August 2, 2021 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Bi Nguyen (6-6) vs. Jenelyn Olsim (4-2); ONE Championship: Battleground III, Aug. 27 Ariane Lipski (13-7) vs. Mandy Bohm (7-0, 1 NC); UFC Fight Night, Sept. 4 Vadim Nemkov (14-2) vs. Anthony Johnson (23-6); Bellator: Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals, Oct. 16 Ryan Bader (28-6, 1 NC) vs. Corey Anderson (15-5); Bellator: Light

Morning Report: B.J. Penn recounts harrowing near-death experience: ‘I got sucked into a wave pool engine room’
B.J. Penn | @bjpenn, Instagram

B.J. Penn was in a life-threatening scenario last year and he credits his fighting career with helping him get through it.

The former two-division UFC champion shared a story on Instagram in which he recounted nearly dying after being sucked into the engine room of a wave pool at a water park (Penn refrained from specifying the location). Penn also shared images of the injuries that he suffered during the incident, which can be seen below along with his unedited caption.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by BJ Penn (@bjpenn)

According to Penn, 42, the frightening incident occurred sometime last year while Penn was taking a break from surfing. As one of the waves returned (Penn calls it a “dud wave”) it swept Penn up and dragged him under a wall where he ended up in the engine room of the wave pool. That room fills up with water that becomes the next wave and in this case, submerged Penn in it.

What happened next, Penn describes as something out of the “Saw or Final Destination” horror films.

“The room would fill up with water to the top and I would hold my breath and then it would push the water out to make the wave and it was really rough inside there,” Penn wrote.

“Everything I bumped up against in the room that hurt me got infected. I got a bad sinus infection and a couple facial fractures from getting knocked around the cement walls and from the fractures the dirty water got in my face and infected my whole sinus. I was on antibiotics for three weeks for my face.”

Fortunately for Penn, one of his friends, an experienced surfer, would eventually rescue him. As you can see from the photos above, Penn ended up with several ugly bruises, but otherwise appears to be in good health.

Penn says that thinking about his family helped him to get through the ordeal, as did the challenges he faced during his UFC Hall of Fame career.

“A lot of other people might have panicked and maybe gave up but I just stayed strong for my kids,” Penn wrote. “Anyway to make a long story short I survived that motherf*cker.”

“Maybe I was the first guy in history to get sucked into a wave pool engine room while it is in operation but no matter what happens in life and no matter how scary it is if I can offer you any advice I would just say to ‘stay calm,’ Penn added. “If I didn’t fight tough c*nts my whole life I might have panicked, but it was just another day in the office.”


TOP STORIES

Ow. Dustin Poirier’s knee was hurting after his trilogy bout with Conor McGregor.

Psychoooo. UFC Vegas 33 main event winner Sean Strickland wants “to kill somebody in the ring.”

Why. Three fighters took on one at a freak show event in Poland.

How much? Be prepared to shell out 60 bones for the Paul-Woodley fight.

Wait. Conor McGregor needs time to recover from injury, but wants to do charity wheelchair boxing bout.


VIDEO STEW

Daniel Cormier talks Olympic wrestling, Simone Biles, and more with MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin.

UFC 265 hype.

Melvin Manhoef appreciation.


LISTEN UP

On to the Next One. MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee figure out what’s next for the fighters from UFC Vegas 33, plus A.J. McKee and Patricio Pitbull ideas.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

The new champ.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by AJ McKee (@ajmckee101)

Bored, Conor?

Gilbert Burns going fishing.

Francis Ngannou fights [insert Michael Jai White film/TV reference here... I choose Spawn].

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Francis Ngannou (@francisngannou)

Robin Black breaks down A.J. McKee’s historic finish.

Chael Sonnen crowns Bellator’s new featherweight king.

Nick Diaz was JAZZED for Nate at UFC 263.

Practice being like Anthony Pettis responsibly.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bi Nguyen (6-6) vs. Jenelyn Olsim (4-2); ONE Championship: Battleground III, Aug. 27

(13-7) vs. Mandy Bohm (7-0, 1 NC); UFC Fight Night, Sept. 4

(14-2) vs. (23-6); Bellator: Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals, Oct. 16

(28-6, 1 NC) vs. (15-5); Bellator: Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals, Oct. 16

(9-2) vs. (12-1); UFC Fight Night, Oct. 16

(22-1) vs. (11-1, 1 NC); Bellator Moscow, Oct. 23

(13-1) vs. (17-4-1); UFC Fight Night, Oct. 23

(9-2) vs. Daniel Lacerda (11-1); UFC Fight Night, Oct. 23

(20-1) vs. (30-13); UFC 267, Oct. 30

(22-3) vs. (22-6); UFC 268, Nov. 6

(22-9, 1 NC) vs. (12-4); UFC Fight Night, Dec. 11


FINAL THOUGHTS

We were spoiled for choice over the weekend with Bellator and UFC shows on the same day, not to mention a ONE Championship show on Friday and a Cage Warriors show in San Diego on Sunday. Last weekend, we had bare-knuckle boxing to watch as well.

Like I always say, MMA is supposed to be fun, and right now it’s a great time to be a combat sports fan.

Jed Meshew will be back later this week!


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BKFC/Phil LambertPaige VanZant hasn’t gotten knocked out, bloodied up or broken in either of her two appearances in bare-knuckle fighting, but she also hasn’t been able to earn a win yet either. After leaving the UFC in free agency and inking a lucrative multi-fight deal with BKFC in 2020, VanZant has come up short in her two appearances for the promotion. She lost a unanimous decision to Britain Hart in her debut back in February and then fell in similar fashion to fellow UFC veteran Rachael Ostovich in her most recent fight in BKFC. On both occasions, BKFC president Dave Feldman was impressed by VanZant’s heart and the toughness she displayed over all five rounds to make it to a decision. That said, Feldman acknowledges that ultimately a fighter is judged based on wins and losses and VanZant can sorely afford to go 0-3 in BKFC when she books her next bout. “Absolutely she’s in a must win-situation,” Feldman told MMA Fighting following BKFC 19. “I thought she was in a must-win situation in this fight but she performed very well. I thought as to the fact that they won Fight of the Night honors. I thought that she was in a must-win coming in. She lost and I still think that we’re in the Paige VanZant business. “But with that being said, I absolutely think she’s in a must-win [situation]. I can’t keep saying ‘she fought really good, now let’s see what happens next time.’ Eventually and now’s the time, she has to come out with a victory. Like I said, we’ll sit down with her team and see what happens. I think we’re all going to move forward together, but you’re absolutely right, she’s in a must-win situation without a doubt.” In her debut, VanZant looked overly caution in many of the early exchanges with Hart as she adjusted to throwing and getting hit with bare-knuckles for the first time in her career. Once the fifth and final round got underway, VanZant settled into a rhythm but time ran out before she could potentially pull off the comeback. For her second fight, VanZant came out with a lot more aggression and confidence in her strikes but she likely didn’t expect to deal with an opponent in Ostovich who showed no fear in the face of her first experience exchanging bare-knuckle punches. Ostovich was able to consistently land a brutal overhand right that was tagging VanZant all night long and that helped the former Ultimate Fighter contestant earn the unanimous decision victory. Feldman was impressed by both fighters that night and he gave credit to VanZant for showing improvements despite not getting the victory. “We definitely saw a new and improved Paige VanZant,” Feldman said. “I mean her punches were crisp, her movement was good. She was a different Paige but you also saw the Rachael Ostovich who said she was going to be. The one that said ‘I’m a tough Hawaiian, we do things different here, we’re tough’ and she did tell me she was scared to death going into that fight. She just didn’t know what to expect but she went out there and she delivered. She gave it her all. “Great fight for the fans. Everything about the whole thing was fantastic. Those overhand rights she was throwing was really the difference in the outcome of that fight.” With VanZant now sporting an 0-2 record in BKFC, Feldman knows better than anyone that she has to win in her next fight in order to guarantee her future, but he’s still proud to be her promoter with hopes that they’ll continue working together far into the future. “She didn’t look bad in either fight,” Feldman said. “She didn’t do enough to win either fight but she didn’t look bad in either fight. She looked improved in the second fight. I don’t think we’re out of the Paige VanZant business, I really don’t. I like Paige. I like that she’s very passionate about what she does. “We’re going to sit down with her and her team and see what makes sense next. I think you’re going to see Paige back in the squared-circle, I really, really truly do. I think we’re going to come to terms on what we need to do as a team, all of us collectively and what she needs to do to deliver to keep doing this thing. Thing is after this fight she said ‘I’ll be back.’ She doesn’t want to quit. That’s the thing I love about her.” If there was one issue Feldman had with VanZant after BKFC 19 it was the fact that she left the ring immediately after the decision was announced and then skipped out on the post-fight press conference as well. Of course, Feldman fully appreciates the passion shown in VanZant’s emotions but he also knows that fighters need to face those losses like everyone else in the promotion. “I didn’t like that she stormed out of the ring, and didn’t come to the post-fight press conference, but at the same time I liked it for the fact that she did it because she’s so passionate about what she does and I like fighters that don’t take losses good,” Feldman explained. “I don’t want a fighter to take a loss very good. That means that they didn’t have that inside of them. She didn’t take the l

Video: BKFC president Dave Feldman still in the ‘Paige VanZant business’ but she’s in a must win situation in her next fight 
BKFC/Phil Lambert

Paige VanZant hasn’t gotten knocked out, bloodied up or broken in either of her two appearances in bare-knuckle fighting, but she also hasn’t been able to earn a win yet either.

After leaving the UFC in free agency and inking a lucrative multi-fight deal with BKFC in 2020, VanZant has come up short in her two appearances for the promotion.

She lost a unanimous decision to Britain Hart in her debut back in February and then fell in similar fashion to fellow UFC veteran Rachael Ostovich in her most recent fight in BKFC.

On both occasions, BKFC president Dave Feldman was impressed by VanZant’s heart and the toughness she displayed over all five rounds to make it to a decision. That said, Feldman acknowledges that ultimately a fighter is judged based on wins and losses and VanZant can sorely afford to go 0-3 in BKFC when she books her next bout.

“Absolutely she’s in a must win-situation,” Feldman told MMA Fighting following BKFC 19. “I thought she was in a must-win situation in this fight but she performed very well. I thought as to the fact that they won Fight of the Night honors. I thought that she was in a must-win coming in. She lost and I still think that we’re in the Paige VanZant business.

“But with that being said, I absolutely think she’s in a must-win [situation]. I can’t keep saying ‘she fought really good, now let’s see what happens next time.’ Eventually and now’s the time, she has to come out with a victory. Like I said, we’ll sit down with her team and see what happens. I think we’re all going to move forward together, but you’re absolutely right, she’s in a must-win situation without a doubt.”

In her debut, VanZant looked overly caution in many of the early exchanges with Hart as she adjusted to throwing and getting hit with bare-knuckles for the first time in her career. Once the fifth and final round got underway, VanZant settled into a rhythm but time ran out before she could potentially pull off the comeback.

For her second fight, VanZant came out with a lot more aggression and confidence in her strikes but she likely didn’t expect to deal with an opponent in Ostovich who showed no fear in the face of her first experience exchanging bare-knuckle punches.

Ostovich was able to consistently land a brutal overhand right that was tagging VanZant all night long and that helped the former Ultimate Fighter contestant earn the unanimous decision victory.

Feldman was impressed by both fighters that night and he gave credit to VanZant for showing improvements despite not getting the victory.

“We definitely saw a new and improved Paige VanZant,” Feldman said. “I mean her punches were crisp, her movement was good. She was a different Paige but you also saw the Rachael Ostovich who said she was going to be. The one that said ‘I’m a tough Hawaiian, we do things different here, we’re tough’ and she did tell me she was scared to death going into that fight. She just didn’t know what to expect but she went out there and she delivered. She gave it her all.

“Great fight for the fans. Everything about the whole thing was fantastic. Those overhand rights she was throwing was really the difference in the outcome of that fight.”

With VanZant now sporting an 0-2 record in BKFC, Feldman knows better than anyone that she has to win in her next fight in order to guarantee her future, but he’s still proud to be her promoter with hopes that they’ll continue working together far into the future.

“She didn’t look bad in either fight,” Feldman said. “She didn’t do enough to win either fight but she didn’t look bad in either fight. She looked improved in the second fight. I don’t think we’re out of the Paige VanZant business, I really don’t. I like Paige. I like that she’s very passionate about what she does.

“We’re going to sit down with her and her team and see what makes sense next. I think you’re going to see Paige back in the squared-circle, I really, really truly do. I think we’re going to come to terms on what we need to do as a team, all of us collectively and what she needs to do to deliver to keep doing this thing. Thing is after this fight she said ‘I’ll be back.’ She doesn’t want to quit. That’s the thing I love about her.”

If there was one issue Feldman had with VanZant after BKFC 19 it was the fact that she left the ring immediately after the decision was announced and then skipped out on the post-fight press conference as well.

Of course, Feldman fully appreciates the passion shown in VanZant’s emotions but he also knows that fighters need to face those losses like everyone else in the promotion.

“I didn’t like that she stormed out of the ring, and didn’t come to the post-fight press conference, but at the same time I liked it for the fact that she did it because she’s so passionate about what she does and I like fighters that don’t take losses good,” Feldman explained. “I don’t want a fighter to take a loss very good. That means that they didn’t have that inside of them. She didn’t take the loss good and I didn’t mind that.

“On the flipside, she needs to do what the company requires. There could have been miscommunication. It doesn’t even matter. What matters is she fought really, really well and we’re going to sit down with her team and see what’s next. That’s what it all comes down to.”

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