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BJ Penn Brings in a Ringer to Help Him Train for Frankie Edgar Rematch


(Video courtesy BJPenn.com)

Continuing his tradition of hosting a variety of top-tier fighters to help him prepare for his upcoming fights, BJ Penn has brought in a secret weapon to bolster his training camp for his August 28 rematch with Frankie Edgar: DREAM featherweight champion Bibiano Fernandes.

Although he fights a weight class below Penn, Fernandes is the perfect fighter to mimic Edgar and is very similar in stature and style to "The Answer," with the only real difference being Bibiano’s superior jiu-jitsu base. 8-2 with losses to Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Urijah Faber, "The Flash" has not lost since 2007. His most recent win came in his first title defense via split decision over Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen at DREAM 13 in March.


A multiple-time Pan-Am and Mundial World Jiu-Jitsu champion born in Brazil, Fernandes fights out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he is a member of Revolution Fight Team alongside fighters like Bill "The Butcher" Mahood and Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons.

The dude’s a definite badass and should help BJ shore up any weaknesses he may have displayed in the last fight.

(Video courtesy Vimeo/HelloJapan)

Stay tuned tomorrow when we’ll have an exclusive video interview with Fernandes.

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fatbellyfrank- July 2, 2010 at 1:39 am
Dick_Misanthropenis Says:
Fri, 07/02/2010 - 16:09
They fired my dad.
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Good thing too, he was a cunt
duffman.- July 2, 2010 at 12:48 am
@wilson-physical appearance is not the determination for more effective striking. in all honesty if bj had the same dislike he has for gsp placed onto edgar i think he would be saying he won that fight.

i had it as a draw. you gonna try and tell me that is unreasonable scoring?

i respect a score in where bj or edgar win the match 3-2 in rounds too
Dick_Misanthropenis- July 1, 2010 at 11:09 pm
They fired my dad. They said something about his whiskey fueled alcoholic rages not properly representing the spirit of Christmas, but the rest of my family never really understood. His behavior was certainly consistent with what we had come to know as "the Spirit of Christmas". They're lucky he never shoved the bell up anyone's ass as far as I'm concerned. It was the final straw that broke him. He never took the Santa costume off or put down the bottle again, God rest his soul.
Koeikan- July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm
Hmm, not sure how he's the perfect guy to mimic Edgar. He's a badass, yeah... but I think a better guy to mimic Edgar would be someone who's faster than BJ, throws (a lot of straight) punches in bunches, and uses a lot of foodwork/movement to get in and out with primarily a boxing background... I think those were the things that gave him problems.

I think the things BJ should focus on is timing, looking to mix it up with different threats a bit more (dirty boxing in clinch, couple takedown attempts, etc), and look to be more aggressive. He should watch Maynard's fight with him. He needs to use his size and bully him more too.
Almost North- July 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm
Almost North's bitchometric breakdown shows that nobody with a sliver of independent thought gives a fuck what anyone says over at the humorless jazzhands brainwashing institute.
fatbellyfrank- July 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm
^ speaking for myself, I couldn't give a flyin fuck what BE says. Ever. BJ didn't finish the fight, left it up to the judges, and we all know what can happen then, as I said in an earlier post, BJ should not have let it go to the judges, and if he was honest with himself, he'd prolly agree he could have done more.
rite leg ospitahl- July 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm
can we please stop describing fighters as "cans" i mean there are other people that are good other than gsp and brock, come off of it. if any of u looked at bloody elbow u would have saw bloody elbows fightmetric breakdown of the fight. bj won that fight when u really look at it. its just that edgar took him down and wasnt dying the mat red with his blood, so it looked like bj couldnt do anything with him.
Almost North- July 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Don't talk about your father that way.
Dick_Misanthropenis- July 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm
Oh... a ringer... I get it. I thought you guys were talking about one of those animatronic old homeless dudes the salvation army dusts off and puts in front of grocery stores at Christmas time.
iDestroy- July 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm
@fbf

I was sayin the same thing right after I heard the decision.

@duneflyer

If being busier won fights Clay Guida would be undefeated.

Well except against Kenflo.
Almost North- July 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm
Respect Bibiano, not all the DREAM champs are cans.
Mike Russell- July 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm
 @Kid Clam Curtains. You've obviously never watched a recent Bibiano fight. His wrestling is very high-level and his boxing has improved dramatically the past few years from his work with former IBO featherweight champ Tony Pep, who was a longtime sparring partner of Floyd Mayweather.
Mdot50- July 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm
i like bj but frankie is too fast... and as underdog in betting my money is on frankie
BrutusBox- July 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm
@rwilsonr BJ has mad heart. BJ's problem has always been laziness, if he doesn't feel motivated for a particular fight he doesn't train to hard.
BrutusBox- July 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm
BJ is going to beat the brakes off frankie, we all know what happens when BJ takes a fight seriously.
RwilsonR- July 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm
@ duffman - not only was Edgar busier, but by BJ's own standards Edgar should have won the fight. After his first fight with GSP, BJ insisted that he should have won just based on the physical appearance of GSP's face versus how little damage his own face showed. If you apply BJ's standard then Edgar did more physical damage to BJ just based on how their faces looked after the fight. And if you want to continue with BJ's standard, then Edgar did most of that physical damage around BJ's eyes in the first two rounds, which are the rounds that are most disputed since Edgar clearly won rounds 4 and 5. So BJ should give those first rounds to Edgar based on the surface damage he took in the early rounds, and thus give Edgar the whole fight.
RwilsonR- July 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm
When you say that Bibiano "should help BJ shore up any weaknesses", I was wondering how exactly he was going to teach BJ heart?

BJ's weaknesses have never been technique. His problems have always been in his head. Which is ironic, because I've always thought that BJ's greatest asset in a fight is his big fat cabbage patch head that is able to absorb tons of punishment.
Deadpool- July 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Or maybe just maybe, hear me out here... BJ should of use some of that black belt BJJ in the fight.

Crazy I know.
Kid Clam Curtains- July 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm
How is a smaller bjj guy with sloppy striking supposed to mimic franky edgar (a wrestler with very tight boxing)?
duffman.- July 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm
being busier does not mean you win

the judging criteria is for effective striking, not for amount of strikes thrown.
duneflyer- July 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm
IMO, I do think that Penn should have lost on the cards. Frankie was busier and did more in the fight. Was it close, absolutely, but it wasnt a shogun/machida screw up either.
fatbellyfrank- July 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm
BJ shouldn't have left it up to them, no disrespect to Frankie, he scored a good victory and took the title, but y'all knawmimsayn, BJ SHOULD NOT have let that go to the judges
iDestroy- July 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm
And by that I mean the judges scored it wrong.
iDestroy- July 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm
IMO Edgar shouldn't have won the first fight.
AnimalMother- July 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Really hope Edgar wins.
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