BJ Penn: I'm too old to talk smack

by BJ Penn | source:

I found out about GSP’s knee injury keeping him and Carlos Condit off the UFC 137 card, and me and Nick Diaz being the new main event when I saw it on Then yesterday we had a crazy press conference call where Nick Diaz wasn’t on until 40 minutes into it.

I didn’t find it disrespectful; I think it is Nick being Nick, and he’s not gonna change. He’s going to do what he’s going to do, and not do what he’s not going to do. That is cool. I know he will show up for the fight and it will be a great fight in the new UFC 137 main event.

That’s all that really matters – who wins this fight and who loses.

At this stage in my life, I feel I am too old to talk smack. As I get older, what I realize is that all anyone remembers is who wins fights. I find the smack talking funny when fighters do it, but no one remembers anything except who wins the fights.

Right now, I feel I got a clean slate with anyone in the sport. I am happy with my career, winning two titles and beating some great fighters, but I also feel I have more to do. I have to get better and I have to show I am as good as people have said I am. I’m getting older. This is a career to me, but fighting is what I live for.

As far as having to hate everyone I fight, or proving I can outbox a boxer, or tap out the best BJJ guy, I don’t need to prove that anymore. What I want to do is fight hard, win some big fights and see what happens. I’d like to win the title, but I don’t think about that.

But beating Nick Diaz, title fight or no title fight, is a big deal. He’s a great fighter and dangerous anywhere. I won’t disrespect him, the fans or myself by not concentrating 100 percent on this fight at UFC 137.

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Student of The Game site profile image  

10/26/11 12:44 AM by Student of The Game

Lmao Is that a jab at Penn on the Mainpage? Have a quote of him saying he's too old to talk smack, and a picture of him when he was 6 lol

FCFBlazer site profile image  

10/25/11 5:51 PM by FCFBlazer


SleepBomb site profile image  

10/25/11 5:30 PM by SleepBomb

 BJ is a cool dude and hopefully keeps having success. the only time he was annoying was with the whole grease gate thing and having his mom testifying or whatever.

sgotwalks site profile image  

10/25/11 5:16 PM by sgotwalks

Sounds like two cups of maturation mixed with a dash of being humbled to me.

ausgepicht site profile image  

10/25/11 5:07 PM by ausgepicht

I am. Thanks for the well-wishes.  

ortman166 site profile image  

10/25/11 5:04 PM by ortman166

 "if everyone disagrees with me their circle jerking!!!!" "you guys act retarded so im gonna act retarded and not stop acting retarded until you stop because that like is the new thing bro!!!' have fun with that....

dannyglover site profile image  

10/25/11 4:48 PM by dannyglover

I'd like to see if he would say this if he fought GSP again. To the death?

XFC site profile image  

10/25/11 4:48 PM by XFC

Was that pic taken just before BJ started to go bald? :)Justin

SUPER HLUK site profile image  

10/25/11 4:04 PM by SUPER HLUK

Great point...

Kini site profile image  

10/25/11 3:05 PM by Kini

Thank you!