5 Rounder No Problem Says Penn: "Cesar should put his money where his mouth is"
“I want to be compensated accordingly and that’s it. I’m more than willing to do a five-round fight. If Dana wants a five-round fight, just give me a call and we can put it together right now. Or if Cesar wants to make it a five-round fight and he wants to compensate me personally, he can put his money where his mouth is, it’s that easy. I’ve been training to fight. I’m ready to fight.”
During today’s UFC 137 pre-fight media call, an obvious topic of discussion was the challenge set out by, Diaz coach, Cesar Gracie last night to turn the Penn vs. Diaz main event into a 5-round affair.
Cesar was quoted in saying “Don’t be scared homie, let’s make it a 5 rounder” amongst other things in an attempt to challenge BJ Penn into changing the terms of their UFC 137 bout with just ten days until fight night.
Penn’s response above is what could be expected. He easily and without hesitation accepts the challenge, however he noted that the no one from the UFC has called him up to offer the terms. What it would come down to is financial compensation. If the UFC wants to offer him more money, to fight two-additional rounds, than you can count Penn in.
However, he also made the offer to Cesar as well, clarifying that he doesn’t think Dana should have to pay him more; rather, it should be Cesar who should make the compensation adjustment to Penn.
Either way, no word on if this goes from 3 to 5-rounds just yet.
Stay tuned for the full unedited audio of the call on BJPENN.COM