Someone made a new friend at UFC 91.
According to The Sun, lightweight champion B.J. Penn played nice with British boxing sensation Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton while sitting Octagon-side at last Saturday's showdown. Hatton is set to defend his IBO & IBF light welterweight title Nov. 22 against American Paul Maglinaggi.
Hatton spoke to the British tabloid about his interaction with "The Prodigy," his friendship with UFC President Dana White:
When I was training out in Las Vegas I wasn't comfortable with the gym I was using and we texted Dana, who we'd met before, asking if he could help and he gave us the UFC gym
How he and Penn are similar:
I totally understand him wanting to fight GSP again. It's exactly how I feel wanting to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. again.
And how boxing can learn from mixed martial arts. That's right, a champion boxer admitting his sport can take pointers from MMA. Hatton's words:
Boxing can learn so much from MMA. The presentation really is first class. The UFC do so much more to build the atmosphere up for the fans in the arena before the fights. By the time the fight comes on you are really ready for it - you can't wait.
The whole of UFC 91 was great - not just the main event - and rather than boxing ignore it or pretend it isn't as big as it is, it should take a leaf out of the UFC's book and start getting the crowd more involved with the show. The UFC has big screens all around the arena with pre-fight interviews on before the fight - why can't boxing promoters in the UK do something like that?
- The Hitman meets The Prodigy (The Sun)