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Old 09-25-2006, 05:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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NEW BJ Penn Interview - Talks About UFC 63

Back in Hawaii - BJ Talks About Yesterday's Title Fight.

After just arriving back in Hawaii, BJ talks about the outcome of his tough UFC 63 title fight against Matt Hughes which took place yesterday evening at Arrowhead Pond in Anahiem CA.

Interviewer:
So BJ how are you doing?

BJ:
I just got back to Hawaii. I'm resting up, I have some injuries. Other than that I'm okay.


Interviewer:
So you just fought Matt Hughes. Could you walk us through the first round?

BJ:
I felt good, I was happy that I was defending Matt's takedowns. I could see that Matt improved his standup. I wish I tried some takedowns, but other than that I was happy with it.


Interviewer:
You say he improved his standup. How?

BJ:
He was dodging my punches well, and he had a good jab.


Interviewer:
What did you think of his takedowns?

BJ:
His takedowns were good and strong, exactly what I expected.


Interviewer:
Take us through the second round.

BJ:
I felt great going in, Matt started trying to take me down from my right leg, it's something I expected he might do. He got me down against the fence, but I was thinking about this position alot and I was ready. When he went for a big elbow, he missed and I capitalized and started going for his back. At this moment, when I was making the turn towards his back, I felt my ribs seperate on my right side. Although I didn't know the severity of the situation. I was thinking I have to finish him now because I knew something was wrong. Matt defended himself well and got through the round. When I got up to walk to my corner, I knew something was wrong, but I didn't want to talk about it with my corner. I wanted to be the champ. I wanted to keep fighting.


Interviewer:
What about round 3?

BJ:
I remember standing up out of the corner in pain. But I was thinking, "Earn your title this is what you have to do to get your belt back, fight through the pain". I knew the oppurtunity I had with getting this fight, especially after losing my last fight. I wasn't going to quit on the corner. I kept going because I honestly believed it was destiny. When me and Matt were boxing I felt like I couldn't breathe and had no mobility in my core. But I kept thinking something good is going to happen. When Matt started dominating the stand up I tried for a takedown. I had nothing and pulled to guard. I felt like I couldn't do anything on the ground. But I was still positive. Matt hit me in the ribs from half guard. The pain was so excruciating I had to use my far hand to block it. I would rather Matt pass my guard and punch my face the hit my ribs. When Matt was in his favorite position that he likes. I was still thinking I was going to win somehow. Big John gave me plenty of time. I practiced defending against that position with flexibility, but I had none with my core. Even when Big John stopped the fight, I was still so positive I thought I escaped. Congratulations to Matt, he is a great fighter. It's not his fault that that happened, he fought like the champion he is. He deserved the victory.


Interviewer:
So how are your ribs doing now?

BJ:
There just hurting, I couldn't sleep last night, I couldn't lay down, Every time I breathe it expands my ribcage and aggrevates my ribs.


Interviewer:
How do you think your conditioning was for this fight?

BJ:
I was training great. I trained 5 to 6 rounds a couple times a week. I was also doing explosive cardio and getting proper rest.


Interviewer:
Anything to say to your fans?

BJ:
Thanks for your support. I already got a lot of emails from my fans. Thank you very much.


Interviewer:
So what is next for BJ Penn?

BJ:
I've got to take care of my ribs, so I'm taking 2 months off, and my suspension for the TKO. I talked to Dana and he said to give him a call when I'm ready to fight. It takes a long time to prepare for these fights and I'm very disappointed I got injured like that. I gotta sit down for a couple weeks and clear my head and see where I am in fighting.


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I have to give it up for BJ. He was injured and kept fighting no matter what. Sign of a true champion. Hope he heals up ASAP, so we can see him back in the UFC sooner than later.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not surprised at all. Damn this is annoying, i wish he didnt get hurt and took Matt on....it coulda been fight of the year if that happened...

Oh well he will be back.
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Didn't realise that. It explains why he just wasn't up for fighting in round 3. Personally I think he would have beaten Hughs if he carried on like he was in the first 2 rounds without a doubt. So hope he gets another chance at the title.
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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wow, if penn just couldn't keep going because of injury; then he surely dominated that fight. It is such a shame that something like that had to happen; but looks to make the welterweight division extremely exciting in the future.


I would love to see BJ penn start his climb back to the top vs Diego Sanchez in January or Feb. Winner of that fight should take on the loser of GSP vs Hughes and then it's time for another title match.
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Great interview. Penn did awesome in the first two rounds. I hope his next fight is against Sanchez and he beats him.
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Now I feel bad about saying BJ should spend time with Tito Ortiz! BJ will be back on his feet again!
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That was a great interview and very classy of BJ Penn.

I have a ton of respect for that guy, I have never seen a combination of flexibility and technique like he deomonstrated.
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Very respectable!

He owned up and said he lost and Hughes is a great champ. He didn't make excuse like most people do. Heck even a lot of guys on here will say oh he lost only because his ribs. Duh, that's part of fighting. That's why BJ did not say he only lost because of his ribs. Way to go for Penn.
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I don't buy any of it. Think about it, if you hurt your ribs or something along that line isn't your first reaction to put your hand where the injury occurs. I never at any point saw him wince or anything (until he was getting beat) to show that he had any sort of injury (and no it is not because he is a well trained fighter). Yes Hughes was in trouble in the 2nd but I think Penn is just trying to justify why he lost. I am not trying to hate on Penn at all, I thought he fought a great fight but I don't really think there is anything wrong with his ribs, his face and head is a different story.
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I don't buy any of it. Think about it, if you hurt your ribs or something along that line isn't your first reaction to put your hand where the injury occurs. I never at any point saw him wince or anything (until he was getting beat) to show that he had any sort of injury (and no it is not because he is a well trained fighter). Yes Hughes was in trouble in the 2nd but I think Penn is just trying to justify why he lost. I am not trying to hate on Penn at all, I thought he fought a great fight but I don't really think there is anything wrong with his ribs, his face and head is a different story.
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