VIDEO | BJ Penn Explains Motivation For MacDonald On FUEL TV | UFC NEWS
A quick video of BJ Penn on FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight,” talking about getting back in the octagon opposite the Tri Star camp on UFC 152.
“Why was Rory the opponent that got you back to the octagon?” asked Todd Harris
“The reason why I came back to fight Rory, after he put that challenge out, is, you know, Rory is a guy with a lot of hype around him. It’s a lot of good hype, ya know? It’s justified. He’s been doing very well.
I wanted to go up against him, Firas, the whole Tri-Star team. The have a real good thing going on up there, and I wanna take a crack at it. I had the fight with them, I think it’s a few years ago now, and I really feel that I could have put on a better performance. I wanna give it another shot, and I wanna walk away, after that, knowing that everything was left in the Octagon.”
Kenny Florian asked the future UFC Hall of Fame inductee “Is this exactly what you needed to get back to the octagon?”
“This is exactly what I needed. It’s got everything that interests me, you know? The Canadian fans, I have a lot of Canadian fans that always come down and tell me “hi” when I’m in Hawaii — stop by my gym and stuff. But there were also a lot of Canadian fans that were really hard on me because of some of the stuff I said in the ‘Prime Time’ leading up.
Ya know, I said some things about Firas. I said some things about ‘GSP.’ I know that’s the past, but I wanna go up there and show them that, hey, I’m someone to be reckoned with. When I’m standing across in the Octagon, this is gonna be a tough fight. This isn’t gonna be a walkthrough. This isn’t gonna be, ‘Let’s go push B.J. Penn up against the fence. Hold him on the fence for a little bit and now we got him. ‘ You know, I got some ideas going into this camp, and I think it’s gonna be great. The fans are the ones who are gonna win in the end.”
Florian brings up himself training with Tri-Star and compliments BJ on having a tremendous camp, “Is it a matter of you versus them? Or is it more like you want to get redemption for yourself from that 1st fight back in UFC 94?” Florian asks
“I definitely wanna get redemption. I think it’s a little of both. I wanna get redemption for UFC 94. You know, win, lose or draw, I just wanna let them know who I am. I just wanna let everyone know who shows up to that arena in Toronto, that night, I wanna let everybody know who the hell B.J. Penn is. That’s what they’re gonna find out that night.
And yeah, going up against all of them, as a whole, they got a good thing going. They got many great fighters coming out of that gym, and I know, of course, they’re gonna have Rory prepared. What I’m gonna use is my inner fire, my inner fight. That’s what I always was. I always felt that I wasn’t an athlete, I was a fighter. I’m just gonna go out there, and I’m gonna fight my heart out.”
BJ Penn gets the last words in asking interviewer, Kenny Florian “By the way Kenny, any tips for me?” They all laugh and give their goodbyes.