BJ Penn Explains Decision to Accept Rory MacDonald's Challenge

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prophecy033
6/9/12 12:49:05AM
The last few months for B.J. Penn have had little to do with MMA. In fact, he says he's spent much of the time sitting on his couch, playing with his children. That's why despite hearing the callouts and fight requests from the likes of UFC welterweight star Josh Koscheck and Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez, he wasn't quite interested enough to stop enjoying his life of leisure while in semi-retirement.

All of that changed on Monday when Penn heard that he had been challenged by rising phenom Rory MacDonald. But why? That's been the question many have wondered about since Penn publicly accepted the fight. Why pass on bigger names like Koscheck and Melendez for a lesser-known but admittedly tough-as-nails opponent?

The answer lies in Penn's personal history.

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KungFuMaster
6/9/12 2:01:51AM
I don't agree with the motivation behind Penn's decision but whatever fuels him - works for me. Let's hope Penn's REALLY motivated for this fight.
CanadianCripplr
6/9/12 5:22:11AM
penn is going to get a worse beating than he got from gsp, it will be a bloodbath....
Bubbles
6/9/12 5:48:45AM
id love to see Rory German suplex Penn
lohmann
6/9/12 6:04:57AM

As it turns out, Penn has always been bothered by his UFC 94 loss to Georges St-Pierre, who happens to be a teammate of MacDonald's at Tri-Star Gym in Montreal. In a Thursday interview on "Just Scrap Radio" on BJPenn.com, Penn said that he'd always desired a third fight with St-Pierre, and had even discussed it with UFC president Dana White at various points.

It never came to fruition though, leaving Penn to stew until now. As a representative of Tri-Star, MacDonald will do in St-Pierre's absence, allowing Penn to prove to the camp and its fans that UFC 94 wasn't the last they'd hear from him as an elite fighter.

"I got a lot of offers from all these other guys to fight, but when I got the offer from Rory, I said, 'Good, I get to fight that brain of Tri-Star Gym,'" he told hosts Jens and Abel Pulver. "A lot of it is [trainer] Firas [Zihabi]. They got a good thing going on up there, they have a good team, and they're making a lot of waves. Of course, they got St. Pierre, who is going to go down as the greatest welterweight in history, and now they got another guy they think will be the champion. I’m not thinking about any belts or anything, but I’m pretty good myself. I want to show them, I want to show the world that you’re not going to just walk in and kick my butt for four rounds. No way. You’re going to the hospital, too. If I go to the hospital, you’re going to the hospital, too."

...The 33-year-old Penn wouldn't speculate on his career past the MacDonald fight, saying that he could eventually move back down to lightweight, but believed this to be the last fight on his current UFC contract, making the future hinge on the result.



I never realized how much not being able to beat Georges St. Pierre has ate at BJ Penn. Maybe if he pulled off an upset in Toronto it would be good for Penn, to start letting go of some demons that have haunted him since UFC 94, since it seems he's grown an obsession in proving that he can beat a Zihabi product.

On a side not, I wonder how those rematch talks went with Dana White. I can imagine White having his kindest gentlest "no way in hell" face on.
shaneTpain
6/9/12 2:22:13PM
BJ sounds like he's trying to convince himself....
… he sure isn’t convincing anyone else.
Cooler
6/11/12 4:49:43AM
He took this fight because it's the best wrestler at WW with the weakest chin.

I like Rory but if the real BJ Penn shows up I expect him to crack his chin.
Bubbles
6/11/12 7:12:35PM

Posted by Cooler

He took this fight because it's the best wrestler at WW with the weakest chin.

I like Rory but if the real BJ Penn shows up I expect him to crack his chin.


doesn't the real BJ always show up until he loses the fight?
Cooler
6/11/12 8:15:20PM

Posted by Bubbles


Posted by Cooler

He took this fight because it's the best wrestler at WW with the weakest chin.

I like Rory but if the real BJ Penn shows up I expect him to crack his chin.


doesn't the real BJ always show up until he loses the fight?



I think he just can't handle quick accurate (and frankly, better) strikers like Frankie Edgar and Diaz, those are the only guys to give him trouble as of late, if BJ can get his TDD and striking going, he usually does show up, gave Fitch a great fight only losing the 3rd round to him and to me Fitch is still a better/stronger fighter than Rory.

Who do you think would win bubs?
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