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Exclusive | BJ Penn Transcript Part 3 | "They're All Bigger Than Me At 170 But I've Never Felt Like I Can't Beat Them" | UFC NEWS

Going into UFC 152 BJ Penn has total confidence at 170lbs.  BJ explains to the Pulver Brothers there are different challenges at different weight classes.  Not one of his opponents ever shook his confidence and neither will Rory MacDonald.

Abel:  “Just to talk about this fight a little bit.  Obviously it’s at 170lbs.  You’ve had some time off to reflect on maybe coming back or not coming back at all.  Was there ever anytime where you thought – Maybe I’ll cut to 155lbs again, maybe even try to get a super fight even as high as 185lbs you fought even Machida at heavyweight.  Weight is never an issue for you.  Do you think this is the optimal fight for you at 170lbs competing with guys like Rory who might come into the ring at 185lbs?”

BJ Penn:

“The last 3 guys I fought have been 25lbs heavier than me or 185lbs – John Fitch, Matt Hughes and Nick Diaz.  They’re all that much bigger than me.  Honestly, I never stood in from of me and thought when I walked away ‘There’s no way I can beat this guy’.  I’ve never felt that kind of talent standing in front of me.  I’ve never felt that kind of aura, that kind of ability except for the first time that I fought Jens…. I’m pumped up for this fight.

If everything goes well in this fight, I wouldn’t mind.  I’m going to have to drop weight to the fighting weight for this.  Maybe you will see me at 155lbs one day but honestly I don’t have any plans looking past this.  I don’t have plans for a title run or anything but you never know what the future may hold.

My last 3 a lot kept talking to me ‘oh why don’t you go back to lightweight?’  You know what I’m kind of fat right now.  I got to lose some weight and my last 3 fights I did it.  I’ve taken at welterweight so for me to just loose the weight and go up against these fast guys.

A lot of people they ask me ‘what’s the big difference with the weight classes’ I always say ‘The bigger guys are stronger but they are slower.  The smaller guys are a little weaker because they’re smaller but they’re quicker.  Everything  offers different challenges and I feel good about this whole thing.  I fought my last 3 fights at 170lbs and I got no fear whatsoever of any type of size difference.”

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11 Responses to “Exclusive | BJ Penn Transcript Part 3 | "They're All Bigger Than Me At 170 But I've Never Felt Like I Can't Beat Them" | UFC NEWS”

  1. e says:

    just scrap! love it!!!

  2. maurice says:

    “no fear” WAR BJ!!

  3. CombatRusse says:

    If I may give and advice to Mr Penn, why not train with Randy Couture? And try his natural methods for packing weight while being in shape.

  4. thereader says:

    BJ please get a great game plan and corner. This guy Rory will ground and pound you just like GSP and Matt. Without a super bowl game plan, i don’t see a good result. The last thing we want to hear is, “he pushed me into the fence”

  5. J. Sturgis says:

    Go get ’em Prodigy!!!

  6. TRUEMMAFAN says:

    i think Penn could have won the fight against Nick Diaz and all those other big guys that he fought except for GSP. i think Penn is one of those fighters that can be almost unbeatable if he just have his gas tank right.

    • Majestyk says:

      Unfortunately, for BJ, his time in the sun has passed. At lightweight, he was embarrassed twice by Edgar, and he has even less of a chance against Henderson. At welterweight, he’s not even in the top 4. Diaz made him look terrible, and Diaz will get crushed by GSP if and when that fight happens. Condit and Rory are 2 more guys that will end up making Penn go back into retirement. BJ should go back to worrying about his daughter seeing him all busted up (as he said in the post-Diaz fight interview), and avoid legacy-tarnishing beat-downs like the one he’ll get from Rory.

  7. gh0st says:

    Say what you want about BJ, but there really is no one else like him. And I mean that in the best possible way.

  8. damn says:

    I’m glad to see him back in the cage, but rory is a horrible match up for bj. Bj will win a closely contested first round, then slowly get his ass kicked as his gas tank depleats until he is either finished or just battered up, depends if its 3 or 5 rounds, as a fan of bj, I hope its 3 rounds. Rory is a young hungry fighter with a boat load of talent, looking to make a name for himself and trains w the best in the world, bj plays with his daughter, goes swimming and jogging, and tanning in the sun. I love bj but let’s be real about this fight. Natural Talent isn’t enough now adays, there’s people w those natural talents but also spent 8 hours a day in the gym honing their talents in order to mess people up and be the best in the world.

    • CombatRusse says:

      Yes they spend 8 hours a day in the gym and then go have a little injection in order to recover and be ready the next day. Screw Tristar

  9. thereader says:

    BJ just needs a corner and strategy. He has never discussed his game plans. Why? because his corners have less talent then BJ. He needs a corner with more experience and knowledge, pretty hard to do. Seriously, just skill/scrapping without the best game plan will not win at this skill level and size. you need a game plan. Even a pussy game plan like Jackson’s camp. Their strategies are pussy, but they usually win. Does Bj want to win, or scrap and get his ass kicked. Recently it’s the later.

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