BJ Penn wants another crack at the Tri-Star gym. That’s why he accepts the fight with Rory McDonald at UFC 152. Pulver brings up the Tri Star greasing issue with BJ Penn and BJ wants to put that in the past.
Abel Pulver breaks the ice by talking to BJ about their conversations during the previous weeks while watching BJ Penn appear on MMA live and other shows keeping the offer on the table tight lipped. Abel also talked about watching Rory McDonald saying – he would’ve loved to fight BJ before he retired and is confident he would win the fight.
“What brought you back, BJ? What did it?” asked Pulver
“When Rory put the challenge out there, for me – I’d love to. Honestly with Koscheck, Pettis, Melendez calling me out – I’d love to take another crack at someone good like Rory McDonald and Tri Star gym. My last fight with Tri Star gym was all the way back in UFC 94 and it didn’t go the way I wanted. I’d like to take another crack at ‘em and show I can do better than I did better than last time.”
Abel Pulver: Is there a certain motivation knowing this is a Tri Star guy? Your last fight you’re right. It didn’t go the way as planned. There was greasing involved – the commission told you ‘you have to file an injunction – we caught him greasing’ Does that play in your mind at all leading up to this fight? How bad do you want to stick it to Tri Star? To Faraz and even show GSP – Hey that was a fluke man.
“The past is the past. There’s nothing for me to talk about on that end. That is definitely left in the past.
It would be nice to let them know it was a fluke. The fight is not going to go down the same way. Rory is not just going to walk in there and take me out and beat me up for 4 rounds straight and end up putting me away. I really believe that the fight is going to go different and they are going to realize that when we start fighting. This isn’t the same guy they fought that night and this is going to be a whole different thing.
Besides that there is no bad blood. I see Faraz all the time. I see George. Everything is in the past. I’d like to get out there show Tri Star gym and their fans – I’m a worthy opponent. I’m not just a guy that’s going to walk in the ring and somebody’s just gonna walk across the other side and walk across and crush me. That’s not gonna be the story.”