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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.

Image via Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

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!”

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