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BJ Penn Won’t Wait to Take on Diego Sanchez

("All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, the blood of my opponents, and I’m fine." Photo courtesy of Fight!)

BJ Penn isn’t exactly the most prolific fighter in the world; over the last three years, the Prodigy has only made six appearances in the Octagon. But now that he’s entered his 30s, the UFC lightweight king has vowed that his long layoffs are over, and he’s ready to get back in the cage sooner rather than later. As he told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

"It’s gonna happen, hopefully within the next two, two-and-a-half months. I’m 30 now and I’m hoping to get a couple of more fights in. I know they say that in MMA, people peak later, but who knows? My whole career, fighting from age 20 to 30, I’ve gotten into real good shape and gotten out of shape and started getting back into shape again. I don’t want to do that anymore. Here I am. I’m in shape. I want to have fun for a couple of days, take some time off, eat some good food, and then I want to get right back into all that stuff."

On the topic of imminent challenger Diego Sanchez, Penn was respectful, though perhaps a little distracted:

"He’s really good; he’s really explosive. He’s shown that he has some knockout power and he’s a very good grappler. He’s very hungry; he’s shown that he wants to be a champion someday. This is an important fight…I’d like to get a fight with St. Pierre again, but now that Diego Sanchez is next, once we get the word from Dana White, that’s what we’re gonna be thinkin’ about."

Who knows why Penn would want a third fight with such a blatant cheater, but we have a feeling that a long, whiny campaign for Penn/St. Pierre III is on the horizon if Penn can score a definitive victory over Sanchez later this year. Hopefully, Dana White will reject the idea. Otherwise, it’s up to Sanchez to bring Penn back down to reality and keep BJ in the lightweight division where he belongs.

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Keyser Soze- August 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm
I'm a little tired of people just walking into divisions and receiving title shots, ie Brock Lesnar, BJ Penn, and soon-to-be Diego Sanchez. For guys that wash out of a division (ww Sanchez) or are new to UFC (Lesnar), or are literal whiny b*tches (Penn), there's no justification for it.

Sanchez couldn't be a contender or champ at WW, so he drops to LW and thinks he's LW division's gift to man. Granted I hope he pounds Penn silly, I just think the LW's that have been grinding it out for their chance at a shot get disillusioned.

As far as Penn/GSP 3 is concerned... f*ck you Penn. You lost the first fight, fair and square. You were dominated the 2nd time around, and quit "like a b*tch". "To the death, to the death..." sound famiiar? You didn't the title shot in the rematch but were given one. And here you are, self-promoting a future third ass-whipping? That hawaiian sativa must be some pretty potent sh*t.

BJ wants another rematch with St. Pierre? Beat Hughes, Fitch, Alves, Swick, and Kampmann first. Oh yeah, give up the LW title too if you manage to beat Sanchez, so the next lightweight contender doesn't have to file for social security before a LW title fight rolls around.
cagefighter- August 16, 2009 at 7:57 am
Not officially annonced yet...but everything is set up for it....fitch look very impressive in his las fight annd we all know what happen to Alves.
Bovice- August 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm
I hate both of these fuckers, so just as long as someone gets KTFO I'm happy.
BackbaconBilly- August 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Hell no! Diego will completely out muscle and smash BJ into oblivion.
ArmFarmer- August 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm
This is like Forrest vs Anderson all over again. BJ is in a different league, he will outclass Diego. Diego won't be able to take him down he will just get beat up like everyone else. If BJ gets on top he is done for.

I'm calling it now, BJ by domination. Wait and see.
LargeMidget- August 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm
Sanchez is gonna run across the cage and push his shit in, 1st round TKO.

Fuck yeah baby.
Bovice- August 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm
Let him win enough to fight GSP again, and let him get his ass reamed by GSP again.
Jay Smith- August 15, 2009 at 8:29 am
@ cagefighter
That's what I'm sayin dog. Have they announced Fitch vs Alves? I haven't heard that.
cagefighter- August 15, 2009 at 6:26 am
If He beats Sanchez...which he'll probably do...I would love to see him fight the winner of Fitch and Alves. Then if he put on two sensational fight...get him a crack to GSP, even though he's gonnna losse again
PurplePickle- August 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm
As much as I dislike both Penn and Sanchez, I think this will be the best LW battle in a good while. This fight could be legendary if both of these dipshits bring their A game. I is excited.
KillDozer- August 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm
BJ looked solid in his last fight. He didn't gas, defended all takedowns and won all striking exchanges. He also looked thick and huge for a lightweight compared to Kenny, but he was also faster. All Diego can do is dance around and hope some of his strikes land
Jeffro- August 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm
If they put together Maynard vs. Penn, they would have to have Mayhem host it.
UFC fan- August 14, 2009 at 9:58 pm
Diego is a natural 170 cutting down to 155, he will come into a fight bigger than BJ, stronger than BJ, and more aggressive that BJ. BJ is slow and methodical, and Diego should expose that. BJ has good takedown defense but you don't defend being picked up and put on your head. Just like GSP took him down at will, so will Diego.
I was hoping Florian woulda attacked BJ with his fist, and elbows instead of trying to wear him out, that was a dumb move....Diego isn't a thinker, he is a brawler, and he will run across that ring and fucking do what he did to Guida.
lilgary- August 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm
BJ will beat Diego.
Jay Smith- August 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm
There isn't a 155'er in the world that can mess with BJ. Yes he's a whiner, and yes he needs to forget about GSP, but he's still the man at 155.
@ Jubbie
I agree with you bro, it does screw over both divisions, but I wouldn't mind seeing GSP shut BJ's mouth for good about fighting him.
fightfan- August 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm
I cant wait for this fight. I think Diego has a really good chance at winning this. He is a cardio machine.....And no matter how good of shape BJ comes in at, it will not be as good as Diego.

I hope Diego wins this. I am so sick of starting to hear BJ mentioning another possible fight with GSP.

I see this as being as fast paced as Guida/Sanchez......BUT with an equal amount of ass kissing from each fighter. This one should be a barnburner and potential for "fight of the year". My prediction.....Diego by stoppage during round 4. I think his relentless pace will finally wear down BJ and will either sub him or ref will stop from strikes
Strife- August 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm
Agreed, BJ's style is the perfect kryptonite for Gray's own brand of lay and pray
ccarter- August 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm
Bj owns Gray. His takedown defense is the best in the world at 155. Save for GSP... but thats at 170.

Hughes in his prime couldn't keep BJ down in their first fight, and he's far bigger and superior than gray maynard.

No 155er is going to "bully" BJ penn.

Gray maynard couldn't even land a punch or impose any offense against rich clementi...
Jubbie- August 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm
If he's so obsessed with GSP and if he beats Diego, I'd rather see him vacate his title and move up again for a while than this super fight stuff. It just screws over two divisions every time this stuff happens. It would obviously be contingent on BJ staying focused the entire time and actually putting on lean muscle instead of flab to make 170.
RearNakedPoke- August 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm
this is a pretty good match-up.....should be interesting and the pre-fight trash talk will be AMAZING. maybe Diego will jump out of a baby pool full of jello just to "one up" BJ
LBo- August 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm
BJ vs Diego should actually be pretty epic though. Beyond BJ vs Gray I think that's pretty much a wrap @ 155 for now...
LBo- August 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm
"Diego Sanchez? No, I said I'm ready for 'Chorizo Sandwich,' to hell with getting back in the gym..."
Koeikan- August 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Let fight Sanchez.

If he beats him convincingly, let him fight a contender @ 170.

I'm a big BJ fan, but he needs to beat someone good at 170 before getting another crack at GSP.