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Old 11-27-2008, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)

 
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BJ Penn, Building a Legend.

Good read,
http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/...=7679&zoneid=2

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"I run as hard as I can. I lift as much weights as I can. I do as much jiu-jitsu as I can. Why not take this as far as I can? You know? Just see how far you can go, for once in your life. Step up and see what you really could have done. That's what I want to do."



That is how B.J. Penn thinks. He doesn't dwell on wins and losses or how many championship belts collect dust on his mantle or how many fancy cars he can park in the garage. He operates on a different plane, a plane reserved for icons and legends.



"I want to leave a mark in this sport. When I was 22-years-old, I wanted to become the lightweight champion of the world." Penn did that. He has also held and walked away from the welterweight title that he will soon fight for.



"I'm going to be 30-years-old next month and I want to become the best ever. And this is my chance," he said of his iconic bout with fellow legend seeker Georges St. Pierre.



The bout will be a rematch of a controversial split decision that Penn lost to St. Pierre nearly three years ago. But for Penn, it's not about avenging that loss or even capturing St. Pierre's UFC welterweight title that will be on the line at UFC 94.



"Our first fight doesn't even come into play," he told MMAWeekly.com. "He's a different man; I'm a different man. It has nothing to do with this fight. It's like I'm fighting a new person."



It's not about the rematch. It's not about the title. It's about the fight to be bigger than the game. There are plenty of contenders to Penn's own lightweight championship, but that's not where he dwells. He dwells in the childhood dreams of becoming the next Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, or John Elway.



"Kenny Florian is great, Joe Stevenson is great, Sean Sherk is great, and Tyson Griffin is great. I'll never say anybody can beat me, but maybe they might do damn good and maybe do something to me, but do I sit there and put my head down on the pillow and think, 'Man, if I had one chance. Man, I wish I could fight one of those guys.' There's no way.



"But do I sit down on my bed and think, 'Man, I got the opportunity; I'm fighting Georges St. Pierre. Half the people in the world think Georges St. Pierre is the best fighter. The other half say it's me.' You know what I mean? It's just a no-brainer. That's what I think about the whole time," says Penn with visions of being seen an iconoclast dancing across his eyes.



"I got the opportunity, the lightweight champ versus the welterweight champ... This is that fight. This is that Rocky-Apollo Creed, that Hulk Hogan-Ultimate Warrior, that Joe Frazier-Ali. This is it."



Granted, he's in a sport where there are rules and parameters that are to be followed. That has been one of UFC president Dana White's greatest challenges when it comes to the goals of B.J. Penn.



"The problem I always talk about with B.J. is trying to contain this kid and keep him focused on staying at 155 and defending his title there," said White recently. "Should B.J. win, one of the things he would do is defend two titles at the same time. Nobody has ever done that (in the UFC). It's never been done."



That might still be a bit harder to pull off than White states, although he has readily admitted that he and Penn have butted heads in the past over such matters and are likely to do so again, especially if Penn defeats St. Pierre on Jan. 31.



The Hawaiian isn't sure, win or lose, if he'll be motivated to defend the belt that currently sets him atop the 155-pound division. "I honestly don't know the answer to that question," he responded when questioned if he would defend the lightweight title. "One fight at a time, we've got to see exactly where my head is after this fight."



Not skipping past St. Pierre, a fight that flies in the face of White's plans for Penn is something that puts the twinkle in his eye that defending his lightweight belt against another contender doesn't seem to.



"I wonder how I'm ever gonna be able to top this in my career, you know?" as Penn considers not a mandated defense of his current championship, but the challenge of another mega-fight, another stepping stone to building his legend as the best fighter on the planet.



"I'm definitely looking for mega-fights and if Anderson Silva is one of them, why not shoot for the stars?"



That is not a fight that the head of the UFC foresees for Penn, even if he does defeat St. Pierre. "B.J. doesn't have the frame to carry that kind of weight," stated White of a challenge to Silva's 185-pound divisional title.



"Is he tough enough to do it? Absolutely. Is he talented enough to go up there and do it? Absolutely. Does that mean he should do it? Absolutely not. He doesn't have the frame to carry that kind of weight. And it just makes no sense, no sense at all."



Penn would beg to differ, at least if all goes as planned against St. Pierre. " If I go in there and just destroy St. Pierre in two or three minutes, could (White) really argue about it?



"In the end, it's the fans that are gonna want it. If I sit there and I say, after I just beat Georges St. Pierre in three minutes, and say, 'I want to fight so-and-so.' Do you think the fans are gonna say, 'Boo,' we won't pay for that?"



That, however, is a fight for another day. Right now, Penn must focus on the dream at hand. If he is to secure his legacy as the best fighter ever, Penn knows he has the culmination of his struggles towards that goal standing across the Octagon from him on Jan. 31.



"This is that moment. This is that hour. This is that moment that I've been waiting for my whole life."

Well I think if BJ beats GSP he's done at LW and I think he is gonna force Dana to give him a shot at Anderson, gotta give him credit though, alot of people dont like BJ but I love his attitude that he wants to see just how good he really is and the fact that he has thte desire to fight the toughest possible competition win or lose. BJ Penn is the man.
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A BJ interview wher he doesn't abuse or trash talk his opponent. He must be getting soft in his old age.
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I though it was interesting to see how he thinks beause it makes alot of sense, I can understand how he doesnt have the desire to fight guys that dont add to his legacy in the sport, by the same though he needs to understand guys like Stevenson and Florian view fighting him much the same way he views fighting GSP and he should give them there shot at a legacy to.
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I know everyone is pissed off that BJ is jumping weight, cutting ahead of alves and other WW contenders, and leaving the LW belt in limbo...but who cares lol. GSP vs Penn, what better can you ask for? I am so stoked to see these guys fight, and if BJ does beat GSP (I'm not bettin against my boy though) I say give him Anderson, see what he can do.
What a month January is though. Shogun/Coleman Rich/Hendo on the 17th, Fedor/Arlovski on the 24th and then GSP/Penn on the 31st with the superbowl the next day. Not too bad
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even if BJ does lose against GSP, he will still be recognised as a legend and one of the best P4P fighters of all time..
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How could Penn get Silva if he wins to GSP? The guy fights only twice a year and will have to defend 2 belts, meaning each contender at LW and WW will have to wait 12 months to get their shot. How can you put on Penn vs. Silva in this mess?

There is only 1 way for BJ to get Silva imo: fight every 4 months + Beat GSP, then Alves in a spectacular fashion, defend his LW belt against Kenflo and then Dana might give him the spider.
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BJ has always been full of himself.

His only meaningful win in the last few years was over Sean Sherk.

Good luck to him if he can beat GSP.
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BJ vs Silva is the most 1 sided fight ever..

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I know everyone is pissed off that BJ is jumping weight, cutting ahead of alves and other WW contenders, and leaving the LW belt in limbo...but who cares lol. GSP vs Penn, what better can you ask for? I am so stoked to see these guys fight, and if BJ does beat GSP (I'm not bettin against my boy though) I say give him Anderson, see what he can do.
What a month January is though. Shogun/Coleman Rich/Hendo on the 17th, Fedor/Arlovski on the 24th and then GSP/Penn on the 31st with the superbowl the next day. Not too bad
who cares? i'm sure alves cares. i'm sure florian cares.

this fight would be 10x better if both gsp and penn had proved their dominance by defending their title more than once (and penn's title defense was basically making him the undispute champ). but clearly, the risk of one of them losing, would be too great for mr. dana white, and he'd rather cash that cheque now.
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A motivated BJ Penn has the potential to be the best fighter in the world. We will see the best BJ Penn vs GSP.
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