B.J. Penn announces intention to run for Hawaii governor

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 05: Former mixed martial artist B.J. Penn arrives at the UFC Hall of Fame’s class of 2018 induction ceremony at Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Former UFC fighter B.J. Penn announced that he’s running to be the next governor of Hawaii in a personal Instagram post on Monday.

Penn, a Hilo native, is best known for being a UFC Hall of Famer after compiling a professional record of 16-14-2. He has not won a fight since Nov. 20, 2010 and has lost his seven most recent fights.

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Penn’s Instagram statement says he plans to lift all restrictions and mandates with the intention of healing the economy and Hawaii’s residents.

“I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life but I would never run from a fight or sell out my people,” Penn stated. “As soon as I step into Hawaii’s governor office I will remove all new federal and state mandates that have been hurting our economy, residents, and ‘ohana. We will get the best doctors, medicines, therapies, and health care the world has to offer to fight this pandemic and always keep Hawaii among the safest and healthiest states in the union.

“We will get rid of all vaccine passports. Hawaii will be a vaccinated with Aloha and unvaccinated with Aloha policy for everyone. Same with the masks. We will follow the constitution to the tee. I am not here to fit in with the other politicians, I am here to get our freedoms back!”

Penn has had several incidents with the law over the years, including arrests for driving under the influence as well as involvement in street and bar altercations.

The next Hawaii gubernatorial election will take place on Nov. 8, 2022.

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