Sport issue 11 interview exclusive with B.J. Penn
MMASports: Thank you for taking
the time out to do the interview, what have you
been doing since winning the UFC lightweight title?
BJ: I've just been hanging out in Hilo in Hawaii,
actually I've been in the gym the whole time I took
a couple days of here and there but I have just
been in the gym.
does it feel like to be the champion?
BJ: I don't really feel like I am a champ. I'm happy
I got the belt, and now I just want to go out and
beat some people.
dominated Joe Stevenson, is that how you predicted
BJ: Yeah I expected the fight to go just like that,
I'm happy that everything turned out well.
conditioning looks so much better in your last fight,
tell us about that?
BJ: I got on a good diet, I trained hard, I had
great training partners everything was just perfect.
I'm just more serious about what's going on, it's
a big sport and I want to do big things.
destroyed Jens Pulver in your previous fight, what
was the difference in you between that and the first
fight you had with him?
BJ: I definitely had a lot more experience when
we came to fight for the second time and I felt
so comfortable I was in great shape and I was just
ready to go. I was ready to go.
talk about Sean Sherk, what goes through your mind
when you hear that name?
BJ: Sean SherkÖwhen I hear that name, its just a
guy that I've got to go out and beat and a guy who
says that heís the real champion and heís a guy
that makes me laugh for thinking that.
is your prediction for that fight?
BJ: I'm just going to go out there and get after
him and eventually he is going to end up folding
and his going to give up. Whether it is going to
be from punches or from me submitting him. The only
way that Sean Sherk can win is to have three people
sitting outside the cage telling him he has won
the fight. You know what I mean, who wants to win
like that. I'm just going to go out there and put
do you think of Sean as a fighter?
BJ: As a fighter you know what, heís got his take
down and his cardiovascular, but if you want to
talk a fighter, in his heart and abuse different
things and I think that he is a coward for taking
drugs to be able to beat people. That's just what
he is, heís an athlete heís not a fighter and if
you want to go further he is a coward.
tested positive to steroids, he denies it, your
BJ: Like he said he didnít do it uh. He didnít do
it. (laughing while he says it, which caused me
us a little about your training for this upcoming
fight and the team you train with?
BJ: I have been training all this time and when
I over train I take some time off. I have some good
training partners. Urijah Faber is here, I got Pablo
Popovich coming down, I've got Grey Maynard coming
down, I'm going to be ready for this fight. I know
he is the former champ and whatever and heís got
some great credentials. This is going to be a tough
fight. His going to come in, heís going to have
to twitch his thing a little. I'm almost guaranteed
he'll probably be blood doped. Heís going to be
blood doping, Growth hormone, Steroids. Who knows
maybe he won't take steroids but I know he is going
to do something. When your use to always taking
drugs and all that stuff, you canít go in. Itís
going to be hard to have the balls to go in just
natural. Whatever he comes at me with I'm going
to come harder and stronger and Iíll be ready.
what's your future in the lightweight division,
will you be staying or will you be going back to
the welterweight division after this fight?
BJ: I'll probably fight again in the lightweight
division but I will be moving up soon.
does competing, fighting mean to you?
BJ: Competing, fighting is not to prove anything
to anyone else, just to prove to myself where I
am and my dedication and it gives me something to
live for, if not, I wouldnít be doing anything I'd
just be hanging out. So fighting basically it's
my life, it gives me something to live for.
we seen he best of BJ Penn yet?
BJ: Not yet.
what's Hawaii like for a fighter?
BJ: My life use to be different use to be more partying
and checking out everything. But now for a fighter
like me, all that I do is go to the gym and come
home. I go to the beach to have fun and stuff like
that, but as far as the women and all the partying
and all that I kind of slowed down a little bit,
just trying to focus.
BJ: Just want to thank all the fans in the sport,
check out bjpenn.com, non stop entertainment. And
I want to thank RUCA for taking care of me all this
does B.J. Penn think of...
Jens Pulver - A good
fighter, I hope he stays around for a while.
Georges St.Pierre -
Sean Sherk - Juiced.
Matt Hughes - Best
welterweight champion ever.
Kenny Florian - Tough
guy, all heart.
Takanori Gomi - Punches
Matt Serra - Great
fighter, great guy.
Karo Parisyan - Great
Jon Fitch - Floating
in under the radar.