(Stay still and let me hit you, you Kalib Starnes wannabe fight avoiding wuss.)
We haven’t seen or heard much from BJ Penn leading up to his UFC 118 rematch with Frankie Edgar, which either means he’s been humbled a bit from the loss or he’s too busy training to talk to the media.
Well, the former UFC lightweight champion jumped back into the limelight with a bang this week, quashing the notion that losing to Edgar knocked him down a peg or two.
In a promo video for the August 28 show, Penn said that Edgar’s corner helped persuade the judges that the New Jersey native won the fight and that Frankie did nothing but run from him for 25 minutes during their fight in Abu Dhabi at UFC 112 back in April.
"He’s running around. Just step up and fight. And then I see his whole team run and pick him up. All your boys put you on their shoulders and dance you around in front of the judges and try to steal the victory. I’m not gonna be a part of that," Penn said. Whatever, man. That’s the man you are. You’re the "ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPION?" Okay. I got you. It’s a joke."
Penn went on to criticize Edgar’s skill set with a quote very similar to one delivered by Muhammad Ali in his prime.
"I’m not afraid to exchange with him in any way. I don’t think he wants to exchange with me. He’s going to be running around. He’s just going to try to jazz up what he did last time. A little quicker, a little better, maybe throw in a little kick. His corner, they don’t have much to work with. They’ve just got little Frankie Edgar. They don’t have the knockout king or the submission king. They’ve just got Frankie Edgar."
So why all the hate from Penn?
BJ summed it up in a video blog he did a month and a half ago for his website:
"I just saw the fight between me and Frankie Edgar… While watching the fight I realized what everyone was talking about because it’s the first time I’ve seen the fight, and I don’t know how I lost every round. That’s pretty strange. And then it makes me think about how Frankie was trying to get out of the fight and fight Gray Maynard and not give me my rematch," Penn explained. "It makes me dislike Frankie very much for not giving me my chance when he wasn’t a big name and I gave him his shot… I don’t care if I win or lose. I can’t wait to see you in the ring Frankie. You’re trying to get out of the fight, it makes me dislike you, and I can’t wait to see you in the ring on August 28. Let’s do it."
An angry and motivated BJ Penn is a scary BJ Penn and Edgar won’t give up his belt easily. This should be a good scrap.