Cesar Gracie Responds To BJ Penn: ‘He’ll Always Have Excuses For His Losses’ (Update)

“BJ Penn has apparently not come to terms with the beating he received at the hands of Nick Diaz… At some point it is up to those around you to protect you from yourself. To take you aside and let you know you are wrong and help save you from your folly. Unfortunately for Penn he is surrounded by “Yes Men” that are unwilling to do that. The outcome will be predictable, resulting in a fighter that will never push himself to the fullest and will always have excuses for his losses.”

— Cesar Gracie, via GracieFighter.com, responding to BJ Penn calling out Nick Diaz

BJ Penn definitely took what was pretty much a dead story into a completely unexpected direction. Before they fought last October, BJ was super cautious not to say anything that could be perceived as a slight against Nick Diaz because they used to train together and he had a great deal of respect for him. Diaz ruffled some feathers at the weigh-ins, but it seemed like everything was cool again after the fight. Cesar Gracie even extended an invitation to merge camps. Now all of a sudden, BJ’s calling him out like they’re mortal enemies. A little strange, but I’m curious to see how it unfolds.

There’s really no good reason to do a rematch, but as many have suggested, I think it would be a great idea to do a Nate Diaz vs. BJ Penn match-up at lightweight. Penn is much better suited for 155 than 170 and Nate has shown tremendous improvement as of late. It would be a hell of a fight if nothing else.

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Update: And here’s BJ Penn’s response

@CesarGracieBJJ Excuses?? The whole world knows I lost the fight including myself. I’m tired of you talking down to me Cesar, I hope you’re in training camp right now because the next time I see you, you better not be “scared homie!”

  • Lanfear

    I can’t help but feel that everything Cesar said is true. I have never liked what I have seen of Bj’s corner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Berezansky/1666465349 Jacob Berezansky

    Totally agree

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Berezansky/1666465349 Jacob Berezansky

    Totally agree

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    nate vs bj please get it done joe silva

  • i like sexy time

    Iv been a fan of mma for 6-7 years can some please tell me why this guy is considered one of the best ever? From what iv seen is that hes an okay fighter never a legend in the sport. He comes nowhere near in my top 10 of all time.

    • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

      I think its a matter of opinion,I agree that he isn’t the greatest fighter ever but he’s had some great fights,as has been said before bj has his on and off moments,I think his biggest weakness is his focus on training,its been said that he’s not the biggest fan of training hard,wether his success in the past has been based only on talent and not hard training who knows,but he’s had enough of it to win several titles

      I do agree with gracie that bj tends to make excuses for his big loses,remember grease gate

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