Ex-coach explains why BJ Penn is ‘perfect’ for politics
One of BJ Penn’s former MMA trainers thinks the former UFC champion has the skills to succeed in politics.
Penn is running for governor of Hawaii in 2022 as a Republican nominee. It is the first time he has run for public office of any kind since he officially announced his retirement from combat.
Running for governor of Hawaii for a first politician isn’t an easy task, but one of Penn’s former coaches thinks he’s up for the challenge.
During a recent interview with The Schmo, Jason Parillo offered his thoughts on how Penn will fare in politics.
“I was extremely excited for him. It’s perfect for BJ Penn,” Parillo said of Penn. to politics. He pays attention to history. He’s a history buff. We’d be in camps and he’d just be on the internet reading history, day in and day out, talking to us, ‘Hey Parillo, what do you think about that?’… BJ cares a lot, he cares a lot about Hawaii more than anyone. He loves Hawaii. He loves his state, he really is a people man. At the end of the day, who else is going to do it?
“To me, that gives BJ a fight,” Parillo continued when asked about Penn. “He’s a real fighter, no one can talk him out of not fighting in his last two years of fighting. He needs something to focus on and he’ll put his heart into it, he’ll put his all into it. his energy and I think he’s going to make good changes and good progress for Hawaii. Because at the end of the day, he’s not really going to do this for the money. BJ did well and didn’t have he doesn’t need anything to do financially, he wants something to go out and make a difference in Hawaii and you really have to respect him for that.
While Parillo’s assessment is notable, Penn has also been criticized for his alleged ignorance of Hawaii politics. In a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experiencehe did not respond to what income tax is in Hawaii and some of his other positions on the issues.
Penn is widely regarded as one of the greatest UFC lightweights of all time. He has faced some of the best fighters in the sport at both lightweight and welterweight and enjoyed multiple title reigns.
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