THURSDAY NEWS DIGEST 4/11: Ex-girlfriend files restraining order against BJ Penn claiming years of physical and sexual abuse, McGregor enters not guilty plea in cell phone smashing case, and more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Restraining order filed against BJ Penn

Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn has had a restraining order filed against him by his former partner and mother of his children, Shealen Uaiwa, according to a report from MMAJunkie.

A written statement made by Uaiwa obtained by MMAJunkie details threatening behavior by Penn towards her and her family.

“I went to pick up my daughters and BJ came up to the car threatening my mother that he will kick her dumb c–t ass out of her house,” Uaiwa wrote in the Oct. 7 2018 statement. She also added that Penn “said to me ‘because you’re not a man you think you can’t get knocked the f— out.'”

The statement also alleges that Penn threatened to kill her whole family.

Another alarming allegation from Oct. 5, 2018, says that their oldest daughter Aeva told Uaiwa that she’d “rather jump off our balcony at our home than hang out with her father.”

Uaiwa alleges she has endured verbal, and physical abuse over the course of their 10-year relationship. She also alleges sexual abuse including Penn trying to get her to have sex with other men and verbal abuse if she would not perform sexual acts.

Uaiwa claims Penn’s name and reputation prevented her from reporting these incidents earlier. She finishes the statement by saying “there have been so many incidents throughout our relationship. These are just more recent incidents.”

No charges have been filed against Penn at this time.

Penn is currently scheduled to fight Clay Guida at UFC 237 on May 11 in Rio de Janeiro. UFC has yet to comment publicly on the allegations or the status of Penn’s fight.

McGregor pleads ‘not guilty’

Conor McGregor has entered a ‘not guilty’ plea in the criminal case against him for allegedly smashing a fan’s cell phone outside a Miami Beach hotel. The civil case was settled earlier this week. The current charges against McGregor are felony robbery (sudden snatch) and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

A new video of the alleged incident has also been released. The footage obtained from hotel surveillance and released by TMZ Sports shows McGregor hitting the phone out of a man’s hand and then stomping on it.

A trial hearing in Miami-Dade County court is scheduled for May 13 .

Thursday Notebook

-Conor McGregor responded to a fan on Twitter and said that he broke his foot three weeks before the Khabib Nurmagomedov fight at UFC 229.

-Yushin Okami vs. Kiamrian Abbasov is booked for ONE Championship: For Honor on May 3 from Jakarta, Indonesia

-Jussier Formiga vs. Joseph Benavidez is booked for UFC Minneapolis on June 29.

-Luke Rockhold vs. Jan Blachowicz is booked for UFC 239 on July 6 from Las Vegas.

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