BJ Penn certainly needs know introduction being only one of two fighters to ever hold UFC titles in different weight divisions. He has defeated a who's who of MMA as he prepares to face Jon Fitch in the main event at UFC 127.
MMA SPORTS: Congratulations on your latest win against Matt Hughes what are your thoughts on the fight?
BJ: Iím just glad that everything went well. I had a tough year earlier in the year, I dropped two fights, but at the end of the day Iím just happy how it all worked out with me and Matt. What can I say I donít want to sit here and say this and that, or I knew Matt was going to do this or I was going to set him up, Iíve got to much respect for Matt to bad mouth him in any way, a fights a fight, I just count my blessings and glad that wasnít me.
MMA SPORTS: 21 second knockout did you think the fight would end that quick?
BJ: No, I was prepared to get stitches, I was prepared for a war. You never know, you go out there and you prepare for something like a war and then good things happen.
MMA SPORTS: What where your thoughts when you got the call to fight Jon Fitch in Australia?
BJ: I was like ďnow thatís a test for me in the welterweight division, fightingís your life BJ and opportunity to like Fitch now thatís a test.Ē
MMA SPORTS: What are your thoughts on the fight?
BJ: I know his under pressure people telling him that he has to finish fights and stuff but I honestly think heís just going to come out and do the some thing he always does, heís a grinder and he goes after you and grind you into the ground and I just have to stop all that and turn it around.
MMA SPORTS: So who should I lay my bet on? I just spoke to Jon Fitch who told me to put my bet on him?
BJ: Well me and Jon Fitch are in two different places in our lives. All these fighters are really, really, really concerned about one thing, winning, and itís not that Iím not concerned about that, but Iíve been in their shoes for a long time thatís all I was concerned about too, but more concerned then
winning I want to show everybody my fighting spirit, what happens when I step into the ring, itís either going to be the best win, best loss or best draw you every f#^?ing saw. (Laughs). Iíve stepped into that ring. Itís just that everybodyís in different places in their lives, heís looking for title shot, George is looking for a title shot, all these people are looking to come up, some people looking to win to keep their job and this and that, Iím just looking to show my fighting spirit.
MMA SPORTS: Are we going to see you in the lightweight division or are we going to see you constantly in the welterweight division, you keep going up and down, you can fight both everybody knows that, but where do you feel most comfortable at?
BJ: Honestly, I donít mind 170 too bad because I can eat, I donít have to cut all the water, I donít think itís good to cut all the water. Whatís that going to do to your brain, cutting all that water and then you go into there and get punched real hard, then whatís going to happen, your going to fall down. So I think 170 is going to work out fine.
MMA SPORTS: GSP another dominating performance against Koscheck, do you see yourself fighting him again?
BJ: You never know, me and him could end up fighting again but like I said itís not about that for me, everything is title hunt, title hunt for everybody, Iíd take the title Iíd take a title shot of course, but I feel itís not about the material thing anymore, itís not just about the belt for me itís just about fighting my best fight, win or lose.
MMA SPORTS: Youíve got lightweight title, youíve had the welterweight title, youíve proved a lot of things, youíve beaten the whoís who of mixed martial arts, what do you still need to prove to yourself?
BJ: I donít even think Iím proving anything to myself anymore; I just want to uplift some of the new mixed martial artists, I want to show them that this is how you do it. This is how you do it when you step in there, and kids from my town where I live and I really want to show them that where thereís a will thereís a way. If you want to get in, just get the job done and if you want to do it, you can do it.
MMA SPORTS: When do you start your training camp for this fight?
BJ: Well I never stopped on my training camp this whole time, I trained right through and thatís how I like to train. I use to take two months off and then go two months on, 6 days a week, this and that, now I just keep going, make sure I get proper rest, and if itís just 3 or 4 days of training of that week, I just keep going year round and never stop.
MMA SPORTS: So when your faced with your opponent what goes through your head?
Fitch: Depends on the night. I donít care what happens right now, watch what your face looks like after this, youíre gonna lose buddy (Laughs).
MMA SPORTS: (Laughs). Is it your face or your opponents face?
BJ: My opponents face. Iím sure I would be busted up to, but he ainít going to feel like he won, I will tell you that right now.
MMA SPORTS: (Laughs). So what does BJ do when heís not fighting or training?
BJ: Spending time with my daughter, I donít do much just hang at home at the house, go surf a little bit, just hang around, go to the beaches at Hilo, I donít do much.
MMA SPORTS: How do you find Australia?
BJ: I love Australia. This is fun. Itís like Hawaii or something. Itís really nice, everybodyís cool and no bodyís rude, Iím really enjoying myself.
MMA SPORTS: Is this your first time here?
BJ: Yes my first time.