B.J. Penn Challenges Jake Shields On Twitter

It didn’t take long for the Twitter wars and challenges to heat up once Dana White offered fighters a Twitter bonus. B.J. Penn is the latest fighter attempting to win the bonus. Penn has called out a fellow Cesar Gracie pupil in what could be one of the most intriguing fights of 2011.

B.J. Penn used his Twitter account to issue a formal fight challenge to Jake Shields. The former MMA champions have tweeted back and forth about a potential UFC fight over the last couple of days. It really is interesting to watch the number of fighters who issued challenges and talked trash to one another following Dana White’s announcement of Twitter bonuses. Penn and Shields are now in the mix.

It all started with what appeared to be a rather random tweet from Penn on May 16.

@jakeshieldsajj I would never challenge one of Cesar Gracie’s guys, but you’ve been calling me out for years.Let’s do it! I’ll contact Dana – @BJPennDotCom

Shields was bombarded at that point with tweets and questions about the challenge. The former Elite XC champion eventually responded to Penn’s challenge with a simple answer to a retweet.

I’m a BJ fan but let’s get it on. Make the call RT @artoom23: Hell yeah! @bjpenndotcom just called out @jakeshieldsajj ! Let’s go!!!!!!!!! – @jakeshieldsajj

Shields didn’t stop there. Shields took it up a notch a few hours later on Twitter. Shields is not only interested in the fight, but wants to make it a five rounder.

@bjpenndotcom even better, let’s make it the first 5 round non-title fight – @jakeshieldsajj

Penn wasn’t impressed and quick to respond to the five round non-title fight challenge from Shields.

@jakeshieldsajj If that makes you feel more confident….. sure. – @BJPennDotCom

So there you have it. It didn’t take Joe Silva, Dana White, or even Executive Iceman Chuck Liddell to put an elite UFC welterweight fight together. Twitter did the job. I skimmed Dana White’s Twitter account and as of this writing, he hasn’t responded to Penn’s challenge. My hunch is that he will have something to say soon enough.

I am really surprised at Penn’s challenge. Penn trains with Shields’ team often, especially the Diaz brothers so the challenge seems a little out of left field. On the other hand it is great business by Penn. Not only does he capitalize on the UFC’s recent Twitter incentive, but he puts Shields on the spot. Additionally, Penn strikes while the iron is hot on Shields. On a side note, it looks like Penn is sticking around in the welterweight division.

Check out the full Camel Clutch Blog Pro Wrestling and MMA store for videos, t-shirts, books, and more.

Shields’ desire for a five-round fight with Penn tells me that Shields watched Penn’s last few fights pretty closely. As great as Penn has been throughout his career, Penn’s age and years in MMA have shown in his last few fights. Penn appeared to tire out against Frankie Edgar after the third round and greatly slowed down against Fitch in Round 3. I think it is ridiculous to hear the continued criticism that Penn would have been finished if the fight went two more rounds. It was a three round fight and it is impossible to make that jump given that Penn trained and game planned for three rounds. Shields apparently begs to differ.

Penn vs. Jon Fitch 2 was scheduled for UFC 132 but scrapped after Fitch pulled out due to injury. Penn has been making waves about wanting to fight at UFC 134 in Rio. My guess is that with the UFC 134 card pretty much in place, the UFC wouldn’t overload it with a Penn vs. Shields fight. Although it would be a nice addition to a weak UFC 133: Evans vs. Davis Philadelphia card.

The fight makes sense if Fitch is unable to go for awhile. I would imagine that Shields will probably want a lengthy break following the intense training for the Georges St- Pierre fight so the timeline may not work out. Either way it is definitely an interesting fight and one that I am sure a lot of MMA purists would flock to see.

UFC 127 Penn vs. Fitch [DVD]

UFC 127 Official Poster

Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory – BJ Penn Autobiography

B.J. Penn Fighter T-shirt – Red

Order the UFC Undisputed 2010 video game for all consoles on

New Items Marked Down! Shop the UFC Sale at the UFC Store.

(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)

Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookGoogle PlusYouTube



Welcome to the Camel Clutch Blog. The CCB was born in 2007 and features blogs from over 50 different writers. Articles from the Camel Clutch Blog have been featured by some of the world's most respected websites including;,, Yahoo News, Business Insider, MSNBC,, and more.

Writers Wanted

Do you have a passion for blogging? The Camel Clutch Blog is proud to have featured over 50 guest bloggers and contributors since its inception. The CCB is a great outlet for your blogging or a great way to promote your own site, blog, and/or podcast through Guest Blogging. The CCB reaches millions of people per year and you can be sure you will be read when you post on the CCB. Email Eric Gargiulo at [email protected] if you are interested.

Add to Flipboard

Connect with me

Link to my Facebook Page
Link to my Rss Page
Link to my Twitter Page
Link to my Youtube Page
To Top