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BJ Penn: ‘Being A Champion Is Fake, The Only Thing Real Is The Fight’

“When I first started fighting, I thought I was God’s gift to fighting. I thought I’d go 100-0 with 100 knockouts. I look back at my record and I can’t believe I have six losses. It blows me away… The loss to Frankie made me step back and realize that I want to fight as much as I can. After the last fight, God willing I came out with no broken hands or broken bones, or no medical suspension. I wanted to fight the next month, the next week. I don’t know if I feel my biological clock ticking, but I want to fight as much as possible… Wanting to go out there and prove Frankie cant beat me, there’s no lack of motivation. I wanna prove to the world, to Frankie and his corner, prove to everyone who the best fighter in the world is. Who has the most tools and can execute better? As far as motivation, I can find something about Frankie not to like… Being a champion is fake, all that, it’s all fake. You’ve got to go out there, you’ve got to keep training, training as hard as you can, and keep winning fights… You hear people say, ‘You’re the greatest,’ and all this stuff. It’s BS. It’s fake, it’s all fake… The only thing real is the fight, everything else is fake.”

—BJ Penn on a UFC 118 conference call, via MMA Fighting and MMA Weekly, talking about the things he’s learned through the ups and downs of his professional fighting career

There has been a noticeable difference is BJ Penn’s attitude in the lead up to the rematch. Whether he wasn’t healthy, wasn’t motivated or what have you, BJ didn’t seem to have that same fire that we’ve seen from him in the past. Judging by the promos and random videos posted on his website it seems he has it back for the rematch. What that means for the rematch we’ll find out on August 28. Was Penn just off his game last April or does Edgar really have his number?

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