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MattHughesRocks
01-29-2009, 03:08 PM
MMAWeekly.com



B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre are doing their best to convince themselves this isn’t the fight of their careers.

Amidst projections of the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draw in history, a media blitz including a $1.7 million television special, and the usual outpouring of partisan support, it’s a fight just to focus on the fight.

At a press conference for media and public at the Hollywood Theater inside the MGM Grand casino, Penn and GSP revealed their strategies for dealing with the intense pressure of this Saturday’s UFC 94.

“My motivation is not to fight for the title,” St. Pierre told the crowd. “My motivation is to fight B.J. Penn. I’m very glad to be able to fight him, because those great fights make great champions.”

Penn concurred from the opposite side of the podium.

“Two belts would be very important and historic,” he began. “But you could win a welterweight title from a less important opponent and it wouldn’t mean as much, so the most important thing is fighting Georges St. Pierre.”

From a fan's perspective, it’s a chance for St. Pierre to prove his split decision win over Penn at UFC 58 was no fluke, and, according to UFC president Dana White, to open up "other options" like taking on Anderson Silva. Penn, on the other hand, gets a chance at revenge and a shot at history.

The UFC has stirred the pot well. Its Spike TV special, “Primetime,” did an excellent job of making the fight important for both men. During the course of the show, Penn has called St. Pierre “a quitter,” while St. Pierre has painted the lightweight champion as a spoiled rich kid. Angry with his portrayal, Penn kicked UFC camera crews out of his gym, creating more drama.

A week and a half removed from the flare-up, there wasn’t much heat between them as they sat across from each other. As Penn pointed out, a fight is a fight, and he’d respect the welterweight champion when all was said and done.

“Stuff gets out and stuff gets said,” said Penn. “After the fight, I’ll shake his hand.”

Though not directly, St. Pierre defended Penn’s reaction to the show.

“You have to understand, when they do the Primetime and those things, the camera guys, it’s their job to promote the fight, so they ask you questions and they only play a part of it… to make us look bad,” St. Pierre said. “And they did it with me. It’s to promote the fight. I do have a lot of respect for B.J. Penn. A lot has been said, and it’s part of the game. But after… I will shake his hand, no matter what.”

But Penn still felt obliged to explain his training methods, particularly the show’s depiction of a break he took in the middle of training camp.

“(It’s) part of my routine, training,” said Penn. “I’ve been doing it for the last 10 years, take a little break before the last three weeks in. It was good. I needed it.”

For his part, St. Pierre spoke of an intense three-month training camp, different because of the sheer volume of fighters traveling to assist him. The French Canadian fielded between one and three new fighters a week.

“I’ve never been so pumped up in my life for a fight,” he said. “I’ve never wanted to win so bad.”

The two couldn't agree on who would have more support come Saturday night. Penn thought Hawaii's economy would diminish his numbers, while St. Pierre downplayed the Canada vs. Hawaii angle. It didn't matter who was from where – a fight is a fight.

In that vein, Penn was a little more blasé about his motivations for defeating St. Pierre.

“Legacy, all that different stuff… I just want to kick his ass,” said Penn.

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I'M SO EXCITED! :jumping0047: WAR GSP!!! :punch:

Crisco
01-29-2009, 03:26 PM
really hope this goes atleast 3 or 4 rounds

MattHughesRocks
01-29-2009, 03:39 PM
I think it'll end in the third.

Spiritwalker
01-29-2009, 03:46 PM
I see GSP coming in STRONG.. and either beating down Baby Jay.. through sheer strength.. or going a long time.. 4/5 rounds....

Preach
01-29-2009, 04:03 PM
I think it'll end in the third.


:w00t: me too BJ by KO in the third

Llamafighter
01-29-2009, 04:08 PM
:w00t: me too BJ by KO in the third

2ND!!!:punch:

Crisco
01-29-2009, 04:12 PM
2ND!!!:punch:

Your sig will be mine!

Preach
01-29-2009, 04:15 PM
Your sig will be mine!


Not if your picking GSP if so then your sig will be Llama's

County Mike
01-29-2009, 05:10 PM
really hope this goes atleast 3 or 4 rounds

WORD!

F34R
01-29-2009, 07:46 PM
I don't think GSP will be able to take BJ's punches. I think BJ will take this before the end of the third round.

Llamafighter
01-29-2009, 07:49 PM
Not if your picking GSP if so then your sig will be Llama's


:sign0011:
:party0006: :party0006: :party0006:

Crisco
01-29-2009, 07:51 PM
Penn loses by GSP repeatedly taking him down and punishing him

Preach
01-29-2009, 09:57 PM
Penn loses by GSP repeatedly taking him down and punishing him


repeatedly taking him down and dry humping him would be closer to accurate

bj44
01-29-2009, 10:05 PM
repeatedly taking him down and dry humping him would be closer to accurate
like he dry humped serra, fitch and hughes.... Im sorry GSP is farrrrrrrrrrr from a lay and pray fighter. He has one of he most active top games in the sport.

And i know its just training but did anyone see GSP pretty muh even whith Rashad in the wrestling department if not even having a slight advantage. Rashad is the best athlete and one of the best wrestler at 205 too. Theres no way a lw is going to be able to stop those td's

Preach
01-29-2009, 10:26 PM
:scared0015: like he dry humped serra, fitch and hughes.... Im sorry GSP is farrrrrrrrrrr from a lay and pray fighter. He has one of he most active top games in the sport.

And i know its just training but did anyone see GSP pretty muh even whith Rashad in the wrestling department if not even having a slight advantage. Rashad is the best athlete and one of the best wrestler at 205 too. Theres no way a lw is going to be able to stop those td's

Hughes_GOAT
01-30-2009, 04:03 AM
only way GSP wins this, is by takedown. he won't outstrike BJ, he won't sub BJ. he'll end up doing like he did last time. just lay on him and get points like that. he wasn't active at all on top of BJ in the last fight. judges were lame for giving him points on those takedowns that he did nothing with and the ref needs to stand them up if he wants to lay n pray again.

MattHughesRocks
01-30-2009, 04:05 AM
GSP is going to kick Penn's ass plain and simple. I can't remember the last time I was this excited for a fight though:w00t:

Hughes_GOAT
01-30-2009, 04:11 AM
GSP is going to kick Penn's ass plain and simple. I can't remember the last time I was this excited for a fight though:w00t:

maybe Pulver/Faber II or Fedor/Arlovski :laugh:

MattHughesRocks
01-30-2009, 04:30 AM
Oh not even close. I really didnt think that either Andri or Pulver was going to win really. I was just hoping really really hard :ashamed:


maybe Pulver/Faber II or Fedor/Arlovski :laugh:

Hughes_GOAT
01-30-2009, 04:48 AM
Oh not even close. I really didnt think that either Andri or Pulver was going to win really. I was just hoping really really hard :ashamed:

Pulver pissed you off a lot for someone who you didn't think would win.:wink:

MattHughesRocks
01-30-2009, 04:50 AM
That's because I'm sick to death of him losing :angry:
I don't know why I take it so personal :laugh:


Pulver pissed you off a lot for someone who you didn't think would win.:wink:

Neezar
01-31-2009, 03:34 AM
That's because I'm sick to death of him losing :angry:
I don't know why I take it so personal :laugh:

It's those damned counselors. :angry: They got him believing that he don't have it in him anymore. :punch:

billythekid2000
01-31-2009, 06:02 AM
I don't think GSP will be able to take BJ's punches. I think BJ will take this before the end of the third round.
He took his best punches in the first round of the first fight. He left his face in a bloody mess but still couldn't knock him down.

MattHughesRocks
01-31-2009, 06:12 AM
Welll heeeelloooooooo, I'm not seeing "it" anymore either:huh:



It's those damned counselors. :angry: They got him believing that he don't have it in him anymore. :punch: