I don't think it was a ploy by BJ to set up he wasn't training hard and taking vacations- it seemed clear to me by the production of the first show that this was Dana's way of one- getting some face time and two- a way to create some stupid ass drama for the show.
I don't think BJ did this, I don't GSP cares one way or the other and I think Dana was just trying to stir things up for ratings and hype.
GSP wants BJ to be at his absolute top form so he can beat him at that form to silence the crap from the first fight and cement his "LEGO-C". Win or lose GSP wants to fight the best BJ Penn and isn't buying this reality TV bullshit.
That's how I see anyway.