Former two division UFC champion BJ Penn isn’t just dealing with personal issues related to his estranged girlfriend, but is also being investigated for allegedly threatening a farmer with a machete in January of 2018.
The case still remains active fifteen months later, as Sergeant Jason Grouns of the Hawaii Police Department told MMA Junkie that “all parties involved have not been located (or) contacted yet, and it cannot be routed to the prosecutors until complete.”
Gary Levitt, who is serving as Penn’s attorney, has acknowledged that there has been a property dispute between Penn and the farmer who was threatened, but has denied any violent behavior from the UFC star.
“B.J. said he’s never given a statement to the police; they haven’t told him he’s got a terroristic threatening charge, or there are charges pending,” Levitt said. “He just said there was an incident, it was over one year ago, and it had to do with a gate. There was no threatening or machete or anything like that.”
A report from the APB says that Penn went on the farmer’s property and told said farmer to come out of his house, but the farmer remained inside the home while Penn was striking the ground with a machete.
Penn is still scheduled to fight Clay Guida next month at UFC 237, no comment has been issued by this time on the matter from Penn or the UFC.