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B.J. Penn Hits The Road, Matt Hughes Finds Inspiration

(A country boy can survive)

Old rivals Matt Hughes and B.J. Penn both find themselves preparing for fights these days, only their paths have diverged significantly. While Penn is getting ready to defend his lightweight title against Sean Sherk, who he has vowed to kill, Hughes is getting ready to play gatekeeper against Thiago Alves at UFC 85 in London.

Hughes isn’t crazy about going “across the pond” for this fight, according to a recent blog entry on He’d rather fight in Vegas or the Midwest, but hey, the Limeys deserve to see somebody get slammed every now and then, don’t they? Hughes assures us that he’s hitting the gym hard, but he took some time out to post a “Firearms Refresher Course”. I won’t reprint the whole list, which is long, but here’s a taste:

1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.

You get the idea. Matt Hughes loves guns. The part about the swords had me confused, though. Is he implying that we can’t use swords now? Because if that’s the case, I just wasted the $2,500 I spent on that “Conan the Barbarian” authentic replica sword, and after I paid extra for the overnight shipping, too.

Meanwhile in his island paradise, B.J. Penn is so tired of hearing that he doesn’t have the cardio to last five rounds that he’s actually decided to do a little jogging with some friends. Best quote from this video: “I don’t know, man, looks like I’m going to be ready, Sherk.”

Looks like it? As in, you know, probably going to be ready? That’s not what you want to hear.

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C-Bus Allstar- May 1, 2008 at 12:26 pm
What they aren't showing you is the fact that even DRIVING up Mauna Kea takes about a half hour.. Imagine how long you'd have to jog (uphill I might add), to crest it...

I'd say that "brisk jog" took atleast a solid hour, maybe longer.

How many people here can run for a solid hour? I can't..
NealTaflinger- May 1, 2008 at 10:58 am
He was running up a mountain. On his off day.
sherk cant inject up his ass this time!- May 1, 2008 at 8:38 am
haha lets see if steroidless sean sherk's conditioning is still as it was before.. everyone keeps talking about sherk's conditioning. is the ufc a marathon? he can have all the conditioning, but it doesn't help him from going to sleep in the first minute.
Warcraft- May 1, 2008 at 4:32 am
He was looking like he was running in slow-mo along with Urijah. It is elevation but it doesn't seem like he has been doing that for very long.
joking?- May 1, 2008 at 2:12 am
are you joking?! u know thats mauna kea right? more than 13,700 feet high and only the highest point on Hawaii.
Alex- May 1, 2008 at 2:12 am
I'm in no doubt that Penn will have the cardio to last five rounds, but fuck me that video was unimpressive.

He should have released a video of him submitting world class wrestlers from the bottom and/or stuffing takedowns. And drinking the blood of his enemies
NipGrip- April 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm
That video was not encouraging at all for BJ's corner.
Eilrahc- April 30, 2008 at 10:40 pm
Sherks Caridio is on a whole nother level though. BJ may come into the fight in the best shape of his life, but it will not compare to Sherks. I just hope its a war and a fight worth the hype!

Hughes is going to take it to Alves, no doubt about it!
BIG CHRIS- April 30, 2008 at 10:40 pm
WOW!! If he wasn't intimidated by now I am sure that Sean Sherk is completly frightened after watching Bj Pen take a brisk Jog with his buddies....then looking exausted into the camera say..."Well it looks like I might be Ready"......I mean I got chills just watching it, I think you need to take it down a couple notches Bj, SEanmight not show up to the fight if you keep posting videos like that....
Captain Popetastic- April 30, 2008 at 10:16 pm
Ah, see, I would have gone with the Andúril replica. But that's just me.