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UFC 118: Penn rumoured to have trained only three sessions a week


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The rumour mill has been in full swing at UFC 118 here in Boston this week. The soundings from some areas were that BJ Penn, attempting to regain his UFC lightweight title, had only been able to train three times a week.

Secondary rumours were that he was having difficulty cutting to 155lbs. In fairness, he looked solid at yesterday?s weigh-in. He had Frankie Edgar had a fine stare-down and were a little lost for words when Joe Rogan asked them a few questions after the face-off.

Gareth A Davies joins the ESPN MMA Live crew Jon Anik, Rashad Evans and Stefan Bonnar for the UFC 118 Weigh-in Special from the TG Arena, Boston Click here to watch the show.

It appears that Randy Couture even felt like a two hour workout last night, a sign, perhaps, that he is taking James Toney as an extended training session. Toney looked big at the weigh-in. Big and bulgey. Not good. His cardio will be brought into question within a couple of minutes in this fight, unless he gets the lucky strike.

There are also those pouring cold water on the notion that Toney had been grappling with Mo Lawal, and that it may have been a ruse. Indeed, Lawal, at one point, had said he had been choked out by Toney. We?ll get the form in a few hours.

Major news for the UK relating to the UFC is also forthcoming for this week sometime, I?m told. I have not been party to the details, but I understand it could be seismic.

I?ll be blogging live between ESPN?s live pre and post shows. Send your comments, and check out Andre Winner and Joe Lauzon?s fights live on the Telegraph player from 2am.

It has been a tremendous build up here all week, and with the expo brimming with the most gracious fans ? the fans really do make this sport with the fighters ? it promises to be some event.



Lol i'm a bj fan but even i can say thats BS.

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