BJ Penn Trains with Famed Boxing Coach Jason Parillo Ahead of UFC 137

Joshua CareySenior Analyst IJuly 28, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  BJ Penn of the USA walks into the arena before the start of his welterweight bout agains John Fitch of the USA as part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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BJ "The Prodigy" Penn (16-7-2 MMA, 7 KO) is once again honing his striking skills under the tutelage of boxing legend Jason Parillo.

Penn and Parillo previously worked together during the Hawaiian’s dominance over the UFC lightweight division.

During that span, Penn viciously defeated the likes of Sean Sherk (TKO), Diego Sanchez (TKO), Kenny Florian (submission), and Joe Stevenson (submission).

Additionally, world champion boxers Johnny Tapia and Paul Spadafora both benefited while training under Parillo.

Before his coaching career kicked off, Parillo was 8-0 with six knockouts as a professional boxer.

Parillo recently told Bleacher Report, "I went out there (Hawaii), trained BJ and connected with him right away. He realized that I had something to offer him and I spent a good four-and-a-half years out there"

Needless to say, Penn and Parillo have formed a successful combination and "The Prodigy" will undoubtedly be in top-form when he returns to the Octagon against Carlos Condit in October.

Penn will co-headline UFC 137, which takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. on October 29.

In addition to his work with Parillo, Penn has recently worked with UFC vets Justin McCully and Troy Mandaloniz.

As seen in the video provided by, Penn and Parillo have wasted no time in readying the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt at RVCA Sport Center for another run at a world championship.

UFC 137 Main Card Linuep:

Nick Diaz vs. Georges St. Pierre

BJ Penn vs. Carlos Condit

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson

Sam Stout vs. Denis Siver

Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitirione

Preliminary Lineup:

Brandon Vera vs. Elliot Marshall

George Roop vs. Hatsu Hioki

Brad Tavares vs. Tim Credeur

Danny Downes vs. Ramsey Nijem

Tyson Griffin vs. Bart Palaszewski


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