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Morning Report: B.J. Penn slams '$20,000 man' Mike Dolce for claiming he had 'little influence' in training camp

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The finger pointing continues. Following what looks to be the final bout of a Hall of Fame career, everyone who contributed to B.J. Penn's bizarre performance against Frankie Edgar in July has looked to distance themselves as much as possible. While Penn's altered striking style was blamed (perhaps unjustly so) on longtime trainer Jason Parillo, Penn has been critical of nutritionist Mike Dolce.

After saying in August that he regretted ever hiring Dolce to help make the drop to featherweight, Penn now says he paid the coach $22,000 for 21 days of work. Last week, Dolce gave his account of his time working with Penn while appearing on UFC commentator Joe Rogan's podcast, downplaying his role in the camp leading up to the fight.

Following being part of Penn's staff for the 19th installment of 'The Ultimate Fighter,' Dolce said Penn's camp broke off communication and that he didn't hear from them until 'a few weeks before the fight.' Describing Penn's training camp as in 'a crisis mode,' Dolce said he didn't arrive in Hawaii until Jun. 9, just less than a month before the Jul. 6 bout with Edgar in Las Vegas. Dolce has been known to physically live with clients in the past, but claimed he stayed miles away from Penn and didn't prepare any of his meals.

"It was a weird situation. It was one of the oddest training camps I've ever been a part of and I was there for less than two weeks physically in Hawaii. I had very little influence, unfortunately. I made some very strong suggestions and I made very strong observations to members of the team of what I saw and what I was accustomed to."

"He said he had no influence in my camp, but he brought in sparring partners, did my food and diet, and had me do his treadmill, plyometrics, and core routines," says Penn. "I don't know what he's talking about."

When Rogan asked him for an example of something going on in camp he had an issue with, Dolce cited a relaxed training schedule, saying Penn was only training once a day, but not even every day.

"We trained 5-6 days a week," says Penn. "Cardio in the morning, I ran anywhere from four to eight miles a day, and sparring/grappling and MMA training in the evening. I sparred five rounds at any moment. I passed all his treadmill intervals with flying colors, and I listened to him on every step of the diet that he gave me."

Dolce also told Rogan that Penn's camp was devoid of high level sparring partners, but Penn refutes that.

"We had Dominick Cruz, Lowen Tynanes, Russell Doane, and the guys Dolce brought in, Nik Lentz and Mirsad Bektic.

"He brought Nick Lentz in for 5 rounds, but he couldn't continue after the 4th and left the cage bloodied. Dolce even walked up to me after and said he ‘knew I was going to win the fight because I just broke Nik Lentz'. I don't know why he's saying my camp wasn't good. Everyone I sparred with knows that I was well prepared, including the two sparring partners that he brought in "

Saying Penn had refused to use an IV after making weight at 145 pounds, Dolce explained that he didn't argue because Penn 'didn't cut an ounce' and was 'eating and drinking walking over to weigh-ins.'

"Did he need an IV? I'm not a doctor, but he didn't want a doctor to come administer it and I have to rely on the athlete," said Dolce. "It's his body, his choice. He said he'd never used one before, didn't want one. He 'felt great' is what he had said. 'Perfect, well, here's a houseful of food and fluid and everything that you need to consume, so enjoy.'"

According to Penn, the fighter received little to no attention from Dolce once he stepped off the scale.

"I turned down the IV, so Dolce made an attempt to rehydrate me in a different way that he does," says Penn. "I woke up the next day (fight day) at 150 [pounds] and I ate this much food for the 13 hours before the fight that day. Dolce didn't come to check on me, or monitor my weight, and I couldn't get in touch with him. I don't feel there was any real attempt to get back to my sparring weight after weighing in.

"From all my years of experience in the UFC, every second counts from the scale to the cage, and Mike Dolce didn't share the same mentality as I did. Dolce made every meal I ate the whole time I was there [in Vegas], and now after the fact, he says I should have went and ate my own food if I was hungry."

Penn says he believed Dolce would prompt him when and how to eat on fight day, but that there was a misunderstanding.

"After the fight I asked him why he fed me so little on fight day. And all he said was, ‘Why didn't you go eat if you were hungry?" I replied, ‘I was waiting for the $20,0000 man to tell me what to do.', then he said, ‘Take your $20,000.00 back then." I figured that paying this guy $1,000 a day, I could just focus on the fight and Dolce would focus on the food and weight cut. But I guess that was my job to focus on the food, and my weight, and the money was charity for the Dolce Diet."

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