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Exclusive | BJ Penn Transcript Part 4 | Rematching Tri-Star A Priority, "At The Time I Didn't Want Those Other Fights, I Wanted GSP After UFC 94" | UFC NEWS

Fans look forward to UFC 152 where Rory MacDonald faces the future Hall of Famer BJ Penn.  They participate on Just Scrap Radio Episode 8 to ask the everlasting question on BJ Penn’s cardio.  BJ explains the cardio issue can get complicated with over training and taking fights on short notice.

BJ Penn fan wrote on facebook:  “Please ask BJ what he’s doing with his cardiovascular training?  I’m a huge BJ Penn fan it’s hard to watch BJ in a lot of his fights because he can gas the 2nd round.  His cardio was Couture like when he trained with Marinovich.  Is there any chance he will go back to Marinovich training?”

BJ Penn:

“There has been some fights I’ve taken on short notice.  I’ve come in there and I haven’t been in shape but a lot of the times – and no one is gonna buy this – the mistake I made is that I’ve worked out too much and I use all my energy by the time I get to the fight – I’m so burnt out from listening to 10 different coaches and listening to 10 different coaches argue with each other.   The training camp starts and I can spar, I can go 10 rounds a couple of weeks before the fight I can’t even go the 1st round.  That’s just different mistakes that everybody collectively as a team.  It’s tough with a person from the outside to gauge what that guy is doing but if your fighter ends up going to a fight with an injury or over trained or whatever it maybe.  A lot of coaches don’t want to take the blame but I would have to think that’s the coach’s fault.

You almost want to tell a guy when you hire them, because a lot of people they walk up to you all the time and they say ‘c’mon I can do this, this, this and I can make you so great and I can do this and that’ and I want to tell them ‘And if you don’t?  And if you don’t and we fail – can you pay me?  Can you give me the money that I’m going to lose?’  you know what I mean ‘why don’t we put your money as deposit?  That’s how I feel about different coaches that come up to me and say  ‘I can help you this  and that’  I just want to tell em ‘If it doesn’t go as you say –  you pay me whatever money that we lose – if something goes wrong. ’ I don’t know how many coaches will put their money on the line for that.

On another note talking about Marinovich,  Marinovich is a great coach, great trainer.  He knows how to train a lot of different sports and I definitely learned a lot from Marinovich over the time.  A lot of people talk about those fights the Kenny Florian and Diego fights.  And people ask different things, to tell you the truth that Kenny Florian fight was after the GSP fight and I was so embarrassed by the way everything went.  One day I’m beating Sean Sherk and I’m the best fighter on the planet and I got a bad fight with GSP and everybody’s saying ‘ah, you’re making excuses.  You aint good’ I was just so motivated coming out of the gates for that.  I wanted to fight Kenny Florian, fight Diego.  Dana White was taking to me about putting on another fight with GSP after the Diego fight.  To tell you the truth I never wanted to fight  Frankie Edgar, Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch and Nick Diaz.  I wanted my revenge for UFC 94 when that all went down because that was big news at the time.  I didn’t even want to fight those other fights.  Those were just fights I was doing.  I don’t even know why I was doing those fights.  I was just fighting because I just hate to sit at home and sit on the couch but that’s just everything that happened.  I’m not sitting here just obsessing about the whole thing with whatever controversy happened at the 94.  Like I said that’s the past.  I got nothing to say on that – all that is done at this point.

I got a lot of offers with other guys to fight but when I got the offer from Rory.  I’m thinking ‘Good, I get to fight that brain of Tri-Star gym. ‘a lot of it is Faraz.  They got a good thing going up there.  They got a good team.  They’re making a lot of waves.  They’ve got St Pierre who’s going to go down as the greatest welterweight in history.  They got another guy who they say ‘This is him.  This is who’s going to be the champion.’  I don’t know – Like I said ‘I’m not thinking about any belts but I’m pretty good myself.  I want to show them.  I want to show the world that you’re not just gonna walking in and kick my butt for 4 rounds – no ways!  You’re going to the hospital too.  If I go to the hospital – you’re going to the hospital too.”

You hear fellow UFC Champion Jens Pulver in the background proudly saying “My boy, my boy” as BJ Penn finishes his sentence.

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7 Responses to “Exclusive | BJ Penn Transcript Part 4 | Rematching Tri-Star A Priority, "At The Time I Didn't Want Those Other Fights, I Wanted GSP After UFC 94" | UFC NEWS”

  1. e says:

    thanks for setting the record straight for all the critics :)

  2. Matt says:

    I don’t buy BJ’s reasoning for only winning 1 of his last 5 fights. If BJ wanted to avenge his loss to GSP, I don’t understand why BJ would be unmotivated to fight Fitch or Diaz. Cause if he wins against those two guys, he is next in line to fight GSP. So by that logic, why would BJ be motivated now to fight Rory? I just don’t believe it. Something else was and is going on. This makes no sense to me.

  3. WrestlingRules says:

    If I may, I’d like to give my take on all this. You see until UFC94, BJ had never been dominated like he was by GSP. Then GSP and Faraz came out afterwards and gloated about how they broke down BJ’s game and came up with a gameplan to beat him, including all the greasegate stuff and all. Just a bunch of poor sportsmanship in rubbing his nose in it and patting themselves on the back. Bullshit character moves. Now BJ being a warrior first and a fighter second, did not like what happened and wanted to rectify the mistakes made in his preparation for that fight. But there was no way White was going to allow BJ another GSP fight soon so he decided to beat up the 55ers for awhile and look to ww later.

    Now he fights Edgar, how could anybody get up to fight Edgar at that time??? So then he takes a break and sees his chance to get back to the ww but White tells him he has to fight a few top guys. But he is in the later part of his career and wants GSP. I believe that he told us the truth and he wastn’t motivated to work hard to beat them. Let;s face it he was beating everyone of them until late rounds.

    Now Rory challenges him and Rory is a big heir apparent to GSP. So it gives him a chance to beat not only Rory, but Faraz and GSP. He also knows that when he beats Rory, he is Condit, Kampmann away from GSP.

    anyways that’s what I think….

    • jaydee says:

      It’s Firas not Faraz.

    • Anomie says:

      So he went to Welterweight, and knew that if he beat the contenders put before him who could get a shot at GSP but couldn’t get worked up to do it… But that if he beats Rory he is two fights away from another fight so that will motivate him? That makes as much sense as a healthy deep fried Mars Bar. It is illogical.

      And for the record, at no stage in the Diaz fight was he winning that fight.

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