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Old 11-15-2010, 08:48 PM
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Default BJ Penn to Be at Major Size Disadvantage vs. Matt Hughes for UFC 123

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One week before his UFC 123 co-main event, BJ Penn is already in Michigan, awaiting his matchup with Matt Hughes, so travel problems during fight week will be no concern to the Hawaii star.

Cross one other potential concern off his list as well: making weight.

During Saturday night's UFC 122 broadcast, Penn told Joe Rogan that he'd be several pounds under the welterweight divisional limit, saying he currently weighed 165 pounds. Welterweight fighters in non-title fights can weigh as much as 171 pounds.

Hughes usually maintains a body weight of 185 pounds, and through dieting and weight-cutting, makes it to 170 for weigh-ins. After rehydrating, by fight night, he will likely be between 175-180 pounds, giving him as much as a 15-pound edge in size over Penn.

It will be Penn's first fight in the division since UFC 94 in January 2009. Prior to that fight, Penn played coy, refusing to divulge what his weight would be in an attempt to confuse opponent Georges St. Pierre about whether he'd focus on size or speed.

This time, for a fight that will settle their nearly seven-year-old trilogy, Penn willingly gave up the information, noting that with less than a week to go, Hughes would not have enough time to change his camp and bring in lighter sparring partners.

Penn (15-7-1) is badly in need of a win after dropping two straight decisions to current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Meanwhile, Hughes (45-7) is the winner of three fights in a row.

The two first fought in January 2004, with Penn winning via rear naked choke before Hughes evened the score in September 2006, earning a victory via third-round TKO.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:13 PM
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I know, not a shocker, but still I'm all fired up & am reading anything I can get my hands on!
Thank you lord, finally instead of adding fat to make up the weight disadvantage BJ is just gonna come into a WW fight in shape.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:14 AM
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Thank you lord, finally instead of adding fat to make up the weight disadvantage BJ is just gonna come into a WW fight in shape.
it wont make no difference

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Old 11-16-2010, 03:09 AM
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Seems to me that he is already throwing out excuses...
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:53 AM
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Agree with Spirit...I got a feeling Hughes would have been to big/strong for him if he was trying ot gain...and now he's not soo he's definantly going to be too big/strong.


The other part of this is - BJ doesn't have to cut anything....his walk around weight is below the minimum...and he's not trying to gain anything either?? has he been working out enough? He might think he's good but maybe he'll end up having horrible Cardio like last time. Not pushing it in the gym enough because the weight thing isn't in his mind.

Time will tell!
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:41 AM
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Seems to me that he is already throwing out excuses...
I dont think it has anything to do with excuses. BJ has seen that adding fat to make up the weight gap does not work, all it does it make it so he is not in as good of shape. Why not try something different for this fight.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:42 AM
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it wont make no difference

we will see, no matter what though i like that he is switching things up.
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:45 AM
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It's too soon since his last fight to add quality muscle weight so BJ's doing the right thing by just coming in light. The real question will be where BJ's head is at. If he's serious about this fight it should be a good one. If he's ready to hang 'em up, then Hughes should dominate him.

BJ looked like he didn't care in his last fight. We'll see if he cares about this one.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:01 PM
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Thank you lord, finally instead of adding fat to make up the weight disadvantage BJ is just gonna come into a WW fight in shape.
he was able to beat machida as a fat boy ... i don't think BJ is fat at 170 ... sure he is not as in shape as he is at 155, but i think 170 suits him better ... i just don't think he cares about winning anymore ... nor do i think he cares of the scores of nuthuggers that will forever set up shop on his balls regardless of whether he wins or loses .... just my opinion though ... .
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:13 PM
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he was able to beat machida as a fat boy ... i don't think BJ is fat at 170 ... sure he is not as in shape as he is at 155, but i think 170 suits him better ... i just don't think he cares about winning anymore ... nor do i think he cares of the scores of nuthuggers that will forever set up shop on his balls regardless of whether he wins or loses .... just my opinion though ... .
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