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?”
“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.
BJ Penn has more to say just check Just Scrap Radio Episode 8
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