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BJ Penn wants to show that GSP loss was "a fluke"

BJ Penn wants to show that GSP loss was
June 11th 2012

BJ Penn wants to prove a point against the TriStar Gym in Montreal, Canada.

The former champion says that is one of his primary motivations in agreeing to take a fight with Rory Macdonald at UFC 152. Prior to being called out by Macdonald, Penn had evinced no interest in any other opponents he was being offered and seemed to be following through on his talk of retirement.

“It would be nice to let them know it was a fluke,” Penn says of his loss to Georges St. Pierre back at UFC 94, when he tried to take the welterweight belt from the French-Canadian but failed in the attempt. (That fight is notorious for the ‘greasing’ controversy which ensued).

“The fight [with Macdonald] is not going to go down the same way. Rory is not just going to walk in there and take me out and beat me up for four rounds straight and end up putting me away. I really believe that  the fight is going to go different and they are going to realize that when we start fighting. This isn’t the same guy they fought that night and this is going to be a whole different thing.

“Besides that there is no bad blood.  I see Firas all the time, I see Georges. Everything is in the past. I’d like to get out there show TriStar gym and their fans [that] I’m a worthy opponent. I’m not just a guy that’s going to walk in the ring and somebody’s just gonna walk across the other side and walk across and crush me. That’s not gonna be the story.”

Macdonald is a rising star of the welterweight division and numbers St. Pierre among his training partners. While the TriStar team has explicitly stated that Macdonald will not fight for the belt as long as St. Pierre holds it, there is also a tangible sense that they consider him a champion-in-waiting.

At 13-1, he currently rides a three-fight win streak and his only loss is to Carlos Condit, who will be challenging St. Pierre for the belt next. Macdonald’s biggest win is over Nate Diaz, a unanimous decision at UFC 129.

Comments

  • chuck

    Posted at 16:47 on June 11th 2012

    bj done he cant get belt at welterweight or light weight his best chance is to try drop to feather weight and if he cant then its all over for the prodigy

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  • Khaos

    Posted at 17:25 on June 11th 2012

    BJs to small at welter... he could regain lightweight title..
    I dont know wahts his obsession with Welter... hes like 5'9 and carry fat at that weight... natural welters are monsters cutting down from 200+ pounds why does he do it to himself... Rory will ground and pound him viciously..
    It not that hes a better fighter...hes just so much bigger and stronger.

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  • Nick

    Posted at 18:26 on June 11th 2012

    Rory is going to ass rape him.

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  • Marko

    Posted at 19:02 on June 11th 2012

    You should probably mention the Condit loss was a terrible stoppage, thinking an inactive Condit laying on top of you constitutes not defending yourself was a bit retarded.

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  • Jr

    Posted at 17:03 on June 13th 2012

    Oh bj, stop talkin and get your fat ass in shape, everytime you open your mouth you get your ass kicked

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