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9/24/13 4:25 PM
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As you might expect, I got the first interview with BJ about his return to action and I think he helped address a lot of the issues, questions and speculation surrounding his fight against Edgar at 145 pounds and what he plans to do going forward... 

 

Here's the link - http://www.bjpenn.com/exclusive-bj-penn-tells-all-why-145-why-edgar-iii-why-tuf-why-nova-uniao-more/

 

Here's some highlights:

On TUF:

“Next week I have to head up to the Mr. Olympia; Me and Matt Hughes are doing a promotion up there. Then we’re going to go sit down with Dana White and Lorenzo and talk story and make sure we put everything together.”
 
On His Drop to 145:
“I look at Frankie Edgar– I mean I can’t say enough good things about Frankie. As an athlete, every time he shows up he brings his A-Game. It doesn’t matter if he starts having a rough road in the beginning or having a rough road in the end or whatever it is, you know, I really respect how Frankie always pulls it together, he always brings his A-Game on fight night. So that’s for sure; we all know Frankie Edgar does that. Number two, watching Frankie’s fights, I didn’t get to see his second fight with Benson, but I heard Frankie did very, very well. A lot of people kept telling me that they really thought Frankie won the fight. Then, Frankie dropped down to 145 and fought Jose Aldo and did well, you know. Maybe, some people say it could have been a draw or Frankie was coming back. Arguably, nobody has really been able to do much to Frankie. He’s been hurt, he’s been dropped a few times. Benson dropped him. Gray dropped him. But no-one has really been able to put him away. He has two decision wins over me, and I look at him and that’s the guy I want to fight. The way it got put together, me and Dana were talking about fighting again and he asked “Why do you want to fight again, man?” I’m like, “Maybe a couple good fights and maybe see if I can earn my shot back up and maybe get a chance to redeem myself against Frankie.” And at that time, of course that wasn’t on anyone’s radar, BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar. I’m sure it wasn’t on Frankie’s. I was kind of thinking about it, of course because he beat me and I want to get another shot at him, of course, everybody always thinks like that. There’s so much stuff to think about, man. I just got off the plane, sorry I lost my train of thought. My brain’s just going 1,000 MPH right now with everything.”
 
Being A Coach On TUF again:
“I do feel kind of like a little bit of a rebirth type feeling, getting another opportunity like this to be on the Ultimate Fighter and going up against somebody like Frankie Edgar. It kind of reminds me of the position that I was put in with Pulver a few years ago (TUF 5) where he beat me, then I got to go on TUF and go against him and it’s just amazing how this all got put together. But, as far as The Ultimate Fighter show goes, we’re just going to have to let that work itself out. We’re going to see what happens. I’m sure there’s going to be some fun things going on.”
 
Being Broadcasted to the New Fox Audience:
“I definitely see this as a major opportunity for myself and this is an opportunity that I shouldn’t let sit by, I’m real excited. Going back, I got my train of thought back as to how this got put together, Dana said he was having some problems getting the Ultimate Fighter show because they didn’t know if they were going to do it at 135 or 145 and it was going back and forth. He was like, “You know what? if you really want to fight Edgar, why don’t you just do The Ultimate Fighter?” We talked about it and then now we’re flying up to Vegas next week to talk to Dana about it.”
 
If He will Go to Brazil and Train w/ Andre Pederneiras at Nova Uniao for the fight:
“Yes, that will happen. We’re going to Nova Uniao, Brazil and like I said, we’re not trying to let this slip away. And I’m sure Frankie isn’t either. So, Frankie knows that if BJ really wants to avenge his loss and this and that, this is BJ’s chance. I know Frankie’s coming (prepared for the fight). You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 lbs. Nothing to do with the weight, it’s just I really feel that Frankie hasn’t lost yet. He’s right up there, and I feel everybody says I’m supposed to be the greatest at lightweight. Frankie beat me twice. Frankie never really lost yet. Pettis is the new champ, you got all these new guys coming. Well if Frankie and me are the old guys, maybe who walks out of that ring will be one of the best lightweights of all time. We’re going to find out.”
 
If He Wants to Revisit the Fight at 155:
“At the end of the day, whatever makes the UFC comfortable. It might be a good thing for me, 145 might be the best thing to ever happen to BJ Penn. We’ll find out.”
 
Will BJ Penn Be Making a Run At the 145 Title?:
“I know it’s really weird for a lot of people in America to understand this, but I’ve always been a loyal guy to my Jiu-Jitsu King. Ever since Jose Aldo has hit the scene and just went on an absolute tear has busted everybody up, I never had any intentions of fighting Jose Aldo. At this point, if I fight Jose Aldo who am I fighting? I’m fighting Andre Pederneiras. I’m fighting the man who gave me my black belt. It’s just not a comfortable feeling for me. Me and Andre Pederneiras will have to sit down and talk. Jose Aldo is going to have to sit down and talk. I know Jose Aldo was just about to fight Anthony Pettis. Now, is Jose Aldo going to go up to 155 and fight Anthony Pettis or is he going to stay at 145 and defend his belt? I think with some of the decisions Aldo will make, will help me make some of my decisions myself.”
 
On the hypothetical situation Aldo vacates the 145 title to pursue the 155 title:

“If that happens, I really do consider that a possibility. If that happens, great. I’ll take a crack at the 145 title. If he wants to sit there and defend, then me and Dana will sit down and talk. Really, one of the main things I want to do is just get that fight with Frankie Edgar. Maybe that’s the only fight I want? Who knows? We’ll see what happens when we cross that river.”

Continue reading: http://www.bjpenn.com/exclusive-bj-penn-tells-all-why-145-why-edgar-iii-why-tuf-why-nova-uniao-more/

9/24/13 5:13 PM
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Useless rematch. I have zero interest in seeing this fight again.
9/24/13 5:31 PM
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As someone who found himself cheering against Penn a bunch lately I honestly can't see how he could have been any more classy or respectful. TBH I don't want either to lose this fight because Frankie is a fucking champion in the truest sense but it would be nice to a top form Penn again.

Win or lose for the first time in a while I'm excited to see what BJ's got left in the tank.
9/24/13 5:58 PM
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bj was being far too respectful

he didnt even himt at the bad judging that won frank the belt

9/24/13 6:07 PM
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Penn is a legend anytime he steps in the cage Im supporting one of the greatest fighters ever. Im in. WAR PENN!!!!!! Phone Post
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BJ should bring back marinovich and fight Bendo.

9/24/13 6:10 PM
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StrikingMMA - Useless rematch. I have zero interest in seeing this fight again.
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9/24/13 6:29 PM
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lets face it, most of us buck 55'er's , in Canada, destroys today's new BJ Penn @ 145... he can't make the weight and he certainly ain't hanging with Frankie at this weight...

Frankie got sold out... why the Hell is Penn getting a 3rd crack at him...????????????????

To bad most of us don't cry that loud !!!!
9/24/13 7:21 PM
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guardbr8kr - lets face it, most of us buck 55'er's , in Canada, destroys today's new BJ Penn @ 145... he can't make the weight and he certainly ain't hanging with Frankie at this weight...

Frankie got sold out... why the Hell is Penn getting a 3rd crack at him...????????????????

To bad most of us don't cry that loud !!!!
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9/24/13 7:24 PM
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9/24/13 7:25 PM
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9/24/13 7:35 PM
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People mature and learn from their mistakes. BJ has done both. I'm sure he looks back at some of the things he's done, and shit he's said, and doesn't feel proud of it. He's older and wiser now, and a family man. He's been my favorite fighter for years, so I am happy to see him happy and doing well.

I hope he trains his ass off, makes 145, beats Frankie and then makes one last run at a belt.

WAR PENN!
9/24/13 7:45 PM
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I Wild Each It - People mature and learn from their mistakes. BJ has done both. I'm sure he looks back at some of the things he's done, and shit he's said, and doesn't feel proud of it. He's older and wiser now, and a family man. He's been my favorite fighter for years, so I am happy to see him happy and doing well.

I hope he trains his ass off, makes 145, beats Frankie and then makes one last run at a belt.

WAR PENN!
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TTT for BJ fighting at a proper weight class. I've always been a huge fan of this future HOF'er/Legend.
9/24/13 8:00 PM
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Not sure about 145 but return to NU is exciting
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I Wild Each It - People mature and learn from their mistakes. BJ has done both. I'm sure he looks back at some of the things he's done, and shit he's said, and doesn't feel proud of it. He's older and wiser now, and a family man. He's been my favorite fighter for years, so I am happy to see him happy and doing well.

I hope he trains his ass off, makes 145, beats Frankie and then makes one last run at a belt.

WAR PENN!
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Thank you sir.
9/25/13 10:51 AM
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Spectacular interview!

9/25/13 11:59 AM
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"You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 lbs."

I do not like the sound of this coming from BJ...

9/25/13 12:12 PM
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"You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 lbs."

I do not like the sound of this coming from BJ...


out of context? seems BJ looks at it as him and Edgar are the top dogs of 155 and he wanted to be the clear cut GOAT@155.
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I'm curious to the rumors about Penn and Dolce working together for this fight....anybody know a little something?
9/25/13 4:33 PM
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"You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 lbs."

I do not like the sound of this coming from BJ...


out of context? seems BJ looks at it as him and Edgar are the top dogs of 155 and he wanted to be the clear cut GOAT@155.

Exactly. The only quote that worried me a little was this one:

"Really, one of the main things I want to do is just get that fight with Frankie Edgar. Maybe that’s the only fight I want? Who knows? We’ll see what happens when we cross that river.”

Just because it's very similar to comments BJ made prior to his last couple of fights. I'd love to hear that BJ has made a commitment to training and being the best he can be for however many fights he has left on his contract. Maybe I'm reading too much into it?
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"You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 lbs."

I do not like the sound of this coming from BJ...


out of context? seems BJ looks at it as him and Edgar are the top dogs of 155 and he wanted to be the clear cut GOAT@155.

Exactly. The only quote that worried me a little was this one:

"Really, one of the main things I want to do is just get that fight with Frankie Edgar. Maybe that’s the only fight I want? Who knows? We’ll see what happens when we cross that river.”

Just because it's very similar to comments BJ made prior to his last couple of fights. I'd love to hear that BJ has made a commitment to training and being the best he can be for however many fights he has left on his contract. Maybe I'm reading too much into it?
I think we should focus on this part of the interview: "Talk is cheap. I'll see Frankie in April."

We're overthinking and over analyzing his words...but it's what we do. And it's fun. Phone Post 3.0
9/25/13 7:27 PM
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The only time I actively wanted BJ to lose was when he defended his title against Kenny. Other than that, war BJ, win or lose! Phone Post 3.0
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He doesn't want to fight GSP again.
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Porkchop - He doesn't want to fight GSP again.
I wouldn't put it past him though it wouldn't be advisable. Phone Post 3.0

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