BJ Penn Wants To Remind Everyone Exactly Who He Is
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
BJ Penn was a guest on FUEL TV_s UFC Tonight this week and discussed his upcoming bout with Rory MacDonald this September. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Penn on if his upcoming fight with Rory MacDonald is about redemption: â€œI definitely want redemption for UFC 94. Win, loose, or draw, I want to let them know who I am. Everyone who shows up to the arena in Toronto that night, I want to show them who the hell BJ Penn is. I know that they [Tristar] have a lot of good fighters coming out of that gym, but I am going to use my inner fighter. I always felt that I wasnâ€™t an athlete, that I was a fighter. Iâ€™m going to go out there and fight my heart out.â€
Penn on why Rory MacDonald drew him back into the Octagon: â€œI think Rory is a great fighter. He has a lot of hype surrounding him. I think the hype is well placed, itâ€™s justified, and he is doing really well. But, I wanted to go up against him and the whole Tristar team. They have a lot of good stuff going on up there and I really want to go up against them. When I fought last time, I thought I could have done better and I want to give it a shot again and walk away better.â€
Penn on whether Rory calling him out was what he needed to get back in the Octagon: â€œYes, this is exactly what I needed. It has everything that interests me. I am going to go up to Canada. I have a lot of Canadian fans who stop by my gym, but there are also a lot of Canadians that donâ€™t like me because I said some stuff about Firas Zahabi and GSP and I know that stuff has passed. I want to go up there and show them that I am someone to be reckoned with. When Iâ€™m standing across from you in the Octagon it is going to be hard, and Iâ€™m not just going to be pushed up against the fence. I have a lot coming up in this training camp and itâ€™s going to be a good fight for the fans.â€
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