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B.J. Penn Takes Steroid Use Very Personally, and Other Revelations from the UFC Conference Call

UFC president Dana White participated in a media conference call along with B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk this afternoon, and we learned a little something about everyone before it was all said and done. For instance, is it awkward for Sherk and Penn to be on a call together after everything they’ve said about one another in the past few weeks? Kind of, yeah.

For instance, B.J. Penn is legitimately angry about Sean Sherk’s (alleged) steroid use. And no, there doesn’t seem to be any doubt in his mind about Sherk’s guilt:

“As a guy who’s never taken performance-enhancing drugs, I’m used to waking up everyday and being sore and being in pain, and to think that someone out there is using performance-enhancing drugs, it bothers me. I’m a purist. I live to fight. I really think I’m a better fighter than I am an athlete. To think that someone would take this pure thing that I love and pervert that, I can’t deal with it.”

Sherk responded, sounding more tired of steroid questions than anything else:

“I know what I did and I know what I didn’t do. I went above and beyond what I needed to do to prove my innocence. I think anyone who looks at the evidence knows that. I think the commission knows I didn’t do it. They shorted my suspension, but they didn’t want to overturn it because then they have to worry about a lawsuit.”

And here’s where it got a little uncomfortable.

B.J. chimed in after this answer to say:

“You heard it there. Sean Sherk has never done steroids in his life.”

“That’s right,” replied Sherk. A punctuated silence followed. And then Dana White talked more shit about Tito Ortiz.

White was asked what he thought Tito’s future in MMA would be, whether he would have a future in the UFC, and whether White felt that the problem was that Tito felt he was bigger than the sport and the organization. Dana had this to say:

“I think Tito’s made it very clear what his future in the UFC is. The UFC is where the best fighters in the world fight. What’s the last significant win Tito had? He beat Ken Shamrock. He fought to a draw with Rashad Evans. He beat Forrest Griffin when he was just off The Ultimate Fighter, and there are some people who think that Forrest won that fight. To be honest, I have no interest in being in the Tito Ortiz business.

“The reality is the UFC brand plus big stars equals success for everybody. Tito’s a fucking moron. He’s one of the stupidest people I’ve ever met in my life. I put up with his shit when he was a good fighter. He’s not a good fighter anymore.”

And what does Dana think of Elite XC’s debut on CBS later this month? Well, he’s no fan of leading with Kimbo as a representative of the sport, because “this is a guy who was fighting in your backyard three months ago.” While his timeline may be slightly off, he did make a good point:

“I need these other places to exist. That’s a common misperception, that I don’t want them to exist. These younger fighters need a place to work their way up, and everyone wants to work their way up to the UFC.”

Hard to argue with that. Oh, and if you’re wondering whether B.J. Penn will be in fighting shape come the 24th, try this little one-liner on for size and see how it fits:

“I’m doing everything but steroids to get ready for this fight.”

Zing! But seriously, Penn doesn’t have a problem with steroids as long as you aren’t fighting him while on them:

“People can take steroids around town if they want to. I have friends who do it. But they’re not standing across from me in the cage trying to take some money from me.”


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Anonymous- May 16, 2008 at 6:46 am
BJ Penn should definately win this one, but he has already implemented a "just in case" battle plan. If he loses, then it was all because of the steroids. I dont understand why such a talented, funny, and seemingly decent guy is being such a dick. Just focus on the fight! Stop talking about things that are not in your control and focus on how you are gonna win, not on why you might lose. As for Tito, he has done a lot of r the sport i suppose, but he is a fucken boring fighter. If Coleman was the pioneer of G&P, and Shamrock was the pioneer of pure Douchebaggery, then Tito is the pioneer of Lay and Pray. I hope Machida wins, and fortunately, since Tito's strong point is dragging out a boring desicion, if it goes the distance, I think Machida will get the nod, just because White says so. Just sayin...
spennyG- May 15, 2008 at 6:20 pm
bj penn will win. sherk will die by rear naked choke. sherk is one dimensional and boring to watch. if sherk wins, it'll be fuckin boring to watch. but he wont. he's one dimensional. hes a one trick pony. hes a wrestler who can kinda box. thats it. he will lose. penn will win. again:sherk;;win. suck it sherk lovers. hes on his way out if he doesn't evolve. and besides, he barely won against hermes franca who is a one trick pony as well. that fight was fuckin boring too.
Kev-O- May 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm
Too bad all the pro-bj comments are up top and all us lowly sherk supporters are at the bottom. we gotta start hitting these boards up sooner. I don't know that i'd ever wanna see a 'rape choke' but if i had to, i'd like to see sherk put it on penn. ;-)
croark1- May 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm
Blow Job Penn I can not wait until Sherk rape chokes you!
Toner Breath- May 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm
PaddyCakes = Jenna

Jenna = Tito

Tito = whiny washed-up wrestler who is about to lose in his last big show

(p.s. Jenna, I have a 6" tongue if you're interested)
Anonymous- May 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm
BJ needs to shut up over the whole roid issue barnett,randy,chuck,sylvia and almost all the gracies have been caught juicing but atleast the other fighters dont bring it up every 10 to 20secs. To be honest i think BJ's scared he may legit lose and if he does then ohhhhh its cause he was roiding.
Hammer- May 15, 2008 at 12:22 pm
Penn will gas again as usual?

When was the last time he gassed? you MIGHT say he gassed against GSP, but he barely lost that fight, and even then GSP was quite a bit better than sherk. And no, a broken rib does not count as gassing.
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Kev-O- May 15, 2008 at 11:59 am
So BJ "can't deal with it" when people "pervert" the purity of fighting, but he is friends with people who are doing it (he admits to having friends on steroids)? Either he is a REALLY good friend, an asshole, or is looking for an excuse for losing (ahead of time) against someone who ALLEGEDLY took 'roids. Go get 'em Sherk.
Anonymous- May 15, 2008 at 10:42 am
Sherk by tko in second round!!!!!! Penn will gas again, as usual. I'm not a big fan of tito but I sure hope he wins and says something about dana in the ring after the fight.
fuck paddycakes- May 15, 2008 at 5:39 am
i hope paddycakes gets superAIDS from suckin on Tito's dick so much. You know Ortiz caught it from skankasaurus rex.
Sherk needs to 'fess up.- May 15, 2008 at 5:37 am
Sean Sherk isn't doing himself any favors by sticking to his claims of innocence.

Armando Garcia has quite publicly contradicted everything he's said over and over.

Fight BJ PEnn fair! Fight BJ Penn without steroids!
Anonymous- May 15, 2008 at 5:13 am
Sherk's gonna win. I know from some of the pixels and seeing quite a few Sherks in my time.
Anonymous- May 15, 2008 at 4:48 am
Paddycake, eat a dick! U and ure faggot oyfriend TITO ORTIZ can get married! Die u moron! Hope ure heart gets crushed when Lyoto Machida fucks ure boyfriend up! Cause he's coming for TITO'S manhood! If Jenna haven't already fucked him in tha ass with a big strap-on already!

And as for BJ vs Sherk, all I say is... Sherk bring ure sleepingbag! Cause BJ is gonna murder ure ass and leave u in the woods for the small wood people to finish u off eating the meat of ure bones shunk by shunk only to find themselfs getting poisoned by those steroids u've taken!

Die Cunts!
Le StEakHAmmeR- May 15, 2008 at 3:52 am
@ Paddycakes

Tito is a fat headed moron as are you....................except you've probably got a fat american arse aswell................
Sebas- May 15, 2008 at 3:51 am
I respect penn...but he has to deflat is head a lil big a 12-4 is nothing extraordinary.
He talks shit like he's done more then fedor, liddell or couture.

if it goes to a decision penn is losing.

If penn asnt submited sherk before round 3 hes fucked.

hopefully penn wins...but fuck is head's gotta fucking deflate
Elk Snot- May 15, 2008 at 3:27 am
The best BJ ever occurred a few years ago, and it had nothing to do with Penn. PaddyCakes is nuts if he thinks Lyoto is a joke. That guy is sick, and I've never been that impressed with Tito. If I won a million dollars tomorrow, I'd bet it on Machida so I could have 1.85 million dollars, or whatever the line is now. I hate Dana, but he's right on this one.
Bod- May 15, 2008 at 2:29 am
We are going to see the best BJ ever!!!
Kim Couture is a cunt- May 15, 2008 at 2:12 am
Sherk owned on the Conference call. Penn for president, Mayhem for VP. FTW.
PaddyCakes- May 15, 2008 at 1:14 am
I love how Tito is so far in Dana's head that Dana has to always even if no-one asks him has to call Tito stupid, a moron and not a good fighter, when he knows Tito is simply being smarter than him by leaving and it pisses him off, BAD! We will see how much Tito sucks when he caves Lyoto's face into the canvas, I would live to hear what Dana has to say after that!

The thing that makes me laugh is that Tito has only lost to two people in the last 4 years those two fighters being Randy and shame in that. Plus, Tito keeps winning and I am positive that makes Dana even more mad..Tito has no control over who he fights, so he fights them and wins and Dana smiles at the big paycheck that Tito brings for him then goes on to discredit the win and call Tito not a good fighter! HA! Real mature president the UFC has.
Machida has a punchers chance and that’s it! The only strikers that Tito has had a problem with are the ones with good wrestling skills who have the potential to out-wrestle him, and he has only fought one(Chuck, and Randy minus the striking). All other strikers Tito beats, Cote(striker), W.Silva(striker), Vitor(striker) Forrest(striker), Ken(considers himself to be a striker)….list goes on depending on opinion. Tito will win don’t fool yourself, Machida has a punchers chance and anything can happen I know that, but it probably wont happen, all Tito has to worry about is catching Lyoto while he runs around the cage, once he gets him an easy takedown will follow and the G & P will start. Just saying; sorry I am ranting, but I don’t post anywhere anymore and I am getting fed up with the Tito hate….to be honest this fight is kinda like GSP vs. Serra 2; Serra had a punchers chance, but his wrestling was questionable and people believed that his jits from the bottom was going to be a problem for GSP..WRONG, GSP set up the takedown with some quick strikes and implement essentially the same plan that Tito will use on Machida. Machida’s game off his back has hardly been seen, but again people believe he has it and will be the first since Guy Mezger in 1997 to submit Tito..WRONG! Anyway, I will let Tito do the talking on May 24th!

Machida=No wrestling
B-Dizzle- May 15, 2008 at 12:56 am
Penn for mayor of McDonaldland!
Armchair Athelete- May 15, 2008 at 12:06 am
Penn for Dictator, Penn for King, Penn for Pope!!!
Jburg- May 14, 2008 at 11:51 pm
"Tito’s a fucking moron. He’s one of the STUPIDEST people I’ve ever met in my life."

Dana White: Hipocrate.
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