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‘UFC Primetime’ Episode 1 Recap

(Hilo dogs are broke-ass.)

We open with the hair-raising voice of punk-legend/TV host Henry Rollins:

"They are bitter rivals from different worlds. A stone-cold champion from the frigid streets of Montreal, and a hot-blooded challenger from the black sands of Hilo Bay…"

So begins the first episode of UFC Primetime, the "St Pierre vs. Penn 2" promotional mini-series that reportedly cost $1.7 million to produce, with each episode being completed just hours before it airs. The effort was worth it — if you tuned in last night, you saw a tightly paced, slickly edited documentary feature that rivaled anything HBO has done with their 24/7 boxing-hype series. Here were the highlights:

Georges St. Pierre is immediately set up as the stoic hard-scrabbler in contrast to BJ Penn‘s spoiled playboy persona. Already waking up on Las Vegas time and working out like a maniac at Montreal’s Tristar Gym and Grant Boxing Gym, GSP offers this summary of Man’s condition: "I don’t believe there is pleasure in life. I believe there is only a relief of pain."

— BJ Penn’s training setting would seem like a vacation for any other fighter. He runs through sunny Hilo with his training partners, greeting everyone he passes like a local politician. And in fact, Penn’s bro-manager JD describes the setup of his training camp at the all-in-one Penn Training and Fitness Center in political terms: Penn is the president, his coaches are his cabinet, and JD is the chief of staff.

— On GSP, Penn says: "Is GSP a great fighter? Yeah he’s a great fighter, but he’s a quitter, he’s a front runner, he’s that bully guy that’s big and strong, but once you push through, once you get through all of that — and it aint easy — but once you get through it, he’s gonna fold, and he’s gonna quit." St. Pierre responds later: "BJ thinks I’m a quitter? I’m not the one who come from a wealthy family. I come from a poor environment. I’m the one who worked three jobs at the same time in the past. I’m the one who didn’t have money. I’m the one who has struggled to be where I’m at right now." St. Pierre had nothing handed to him in his life. He had to quit school in order to work long days as a garbageman in order to make ends meet. So, the "quitter" label bothers him.

— Dana White makes his first appearance to talk about Penn’s enormous talent, which he previously squandered on a party lifestyle. "It’s hard to stay motivated when you already have plenty of money," he says. Penn admits that before he re-committed himself to MMA, he never trained more than an hour per day; now it’s five hours per day. Though the Penn family was wealthy, they at least lived near a bad neighborhood, with plenty of rough characters looking for fights. Even in his youth, BJ never backed down from anyone.

— There’s this slo-mo club scene where GSP struts through some Montreal hot-spot, soundtracked by French rap music. He says he doesn’t take drugs or drink alcohol, but he likes to go out at night to get his mind off training.

— What does BJ do to get his mind off training? Leave the camp for five straight days to unwind in Kona. He says that he felt his body slowing down, so he needed to take it easy for a while so he could "peak" on the 31st. Word gets back to Dana White, who’s not happy. DW calls BJ’s cell phone a couple times; BJ chooses not to answer. DW calls JD to make sure BJ is not vacationing three weeks before the fight. JD denies it. DW knows JD is lying. DW knows everything about everyone, at all times.

Awesome first episode, from top to bottom. Very little time was wasted on St. Pierre and Penn’s careers as a whole; everything related to their controversial first fight in March 2006 and their upcoming rematch at UFC 94. The production quality and use of music was superb, and a good amount of suspense was left for the next episode, as we’re left wondering if Dana White’s fury could convince Penn to cut short his five-day layoff.

What did you think?


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Anonymous- February 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 9:45 am
Anyone know the name of the song when the lights of the Tristar Gym were switched on and Penn's poster was up on the pillars?
Anonymous- January 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm
I'm a big fan of both fighters, and this episode made me respect them even more; GSP is one of the hardest-working fighters out there, and BJ is just a bad-ass, plain and simple.

If this one stays within 3 rounds, BJ will win by stoppage. If the fight goes more than 3, GSP will wear BJ out.
Willie B.- January 18, 2009 at 9:24 am
Specking of night club, can anyone tell me the name of the rap song that was playing at the french club where St.Pierre was kickin it.
Anonymous- January 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm
can anyone tell me the name and artist of that song when st pierre is walking through the club? its french rap music.. anyone know? email me please if you do thank you...
lilpo0ts- January 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm
@ imbecile

did bj touch you when you were a child?

and you have no clue waht bj is outside of the media. looks like everyone in hilo loves him. i guess its crazy to talk shit on a promo for a big fight, just like he did with sherk. yall eat that shit up..and when he tko's gsp in the second round eat that too. and when he takes the title eat that too. and when he run s for that. and when anderson silva is laying on his back with his arms all stretched out and stiff gobble that. i think b. arthur has a better chance of beating bj than gsp

Are you dumb?- January 15, 2009 at 8:14 pm
You do realize that the ask leading questions, EDIT HEAVILY, and present a 30 (really, 22) minute show to provoke emotional reactions, right?

That being said, I find BJ pretty damn funny.

No worries, we'll find out who has the goods soon enough.
knightrida- January 15, 2009 at 8:09 pm
Yeah I had the same problem. Very distracting.
Bill C.- January 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm
Great show! Can't wait for next week's episode!
Imbecile- January 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm
Why BJ Penn has always had such a loyal fanbase I will never know. He doesn't have respect for anyone, least of all the fans. I know he is talented, but so what. I would rather admire the natural gifts in those that aren't total pieces of shit as people outside of their athletic talent.

And calling GSP a quitter...? GSP doesn't need to fabricate rib injuries to excuse his quitting, like some lazy Hawaiian I know.

Let's hope BJ gets so beaten down in this fight he is forced to retire and go to work providing sub-par service at some hotel in Hilo for the rest of his life, while telling his new coworkers he really could be the best bell-hop if he wanted to, but just chooses not to put the effort in to get good tips.
Bob Loblaw- January 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm
a'ight - the general vibe i'm getting here is either a) GSP is a juggernaut of conditioning and determination with the potential flaw that he may lose mental focus, or b) that BJP is an extremely gifted fighter who could maybe take himself more seriously in order to dominate in the MMA world.
let's talk about what's really going on - GSP losing his mental focus? not bloody likely, and here's why: he was on top of his game when he lost (loaned) the title to Serra. Lo and behold, when he started working to get it back it was Woe to You for every poor bastard that got in his way. that said, i think his mind is focused EXACTLY on where he's at, what needs to be done and definitely what he stands to lose. If you doubt this, look what happened with Fitch, who was touted as being the biggest challenge of GSP's career to date.
BJP secretly training like a freak in order to bring his most powerful A-game to the table? The last time I saw him train to this level was when he destroyed Jens Pulver; that said, anyone who compares Jens Pulver to GSP in terms of being a worthy opponent needs to be shot with a ball of his own shit. sure, sherk got a good humiliation handed to him from BJP, but if you have a short memory i recommend that you go the tapes for the sherk/GSP fight. identical results, only i think GSP beat him faster.
so.... after all this blah-de blah, here's what i think - BJP is great, a natural talent and all. that said, i also think he's reached the pinnacle of what he can do in the MMA world, and he's going to find out whether or not he bit off more than he can chew with GSP.
i'm expecting GSP to come out with all his guns blazing, which is to say that he'll bring a similar gameplan to the table that he brought for Serra. there was no predicting where he'd be or what he was gonna do in that one; combining that strategy with his own natural gifts and iron conditioning, i'm calling this one GSP by stoppage late in the 3rd or early in the 4th.

you're all entitled to your own opinions, even if they're wrong.
Herald Foster- January 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm
the audacity of dana white putting himself in the show is incredibly annoying. hes a fraud and a joke. also, the quality might be as good as the hbo countdowns, but thats cause its a rip off. theyre just copying a formula that has already worked for boxing adding some irony to the famous quote from dana saying that boxing has shown him what to never do. the show is good at giving casual fans a background to the fight and getting them hyped for it, which is ofcourse its purpose, but the dana white narcissism is enough to make any real fan puke. so the point of my post is.... i hate dana.
Sneaky Pete- January 15, 2009 at 11:36 am
@The Survivalist:

what is this "super human concoction" of GSP's that you speak of? I'm guessing it's a special sauce reserved for all the GSP nut-huggers out there; you know who you are. Enough of the nut-huggery.


I'm with you on the hyping/conspiracy theory. But one conclusion that I draw from that is that they are trying to even out the public perception of the fight. That would mean that DW probably thinks that BJ has the edge in the fight.
svg- January 15, 2009 at 11:28 am
BJ is talented, no doubt. GSP is a monster, in strength, talent, dedication, focus, basically everything. Which strived him to win, and most of the time, in great fashion. He beat Fitch like no one imagined.
I love the warrior spirit of BJ, "he'd face anyone", in any weight class, at any time, on the streets, without gloves or mouth piece. All you need is to call him out. You have to admire and respect that. It gives goosebumps just to see his mentality. But at the same time, when he goes on vaca in the middle of training camp, he's the "quitter" who doesn't push hard mentally. Your mind is much stronger than your body. And if he had to work hard to achieve things in life, he would know he had to push through the hard days. He's no quitter in the fight, never tapped when Matt Hughes was punching him in the face, but he seems to be during training camp...
Best luck to both, but even though I love the small dog, I thing GSP is just on a roll, and he'll beat BJ. Then, if he wants his next challenge to be Anderson, I don't think he could beat him.
perception check- January 15, 2009 at 10:54 am
Hell, at least you could spell shillelagh right if'n yr really Irish ... and bald ... and smoke an upside-down clay pipe fulla peat moss n' somethin'
Jay- January 15, 2009 at 10:54 am
I'm scared just typing this cause I can feel DW watching me, always watching.

The show was awesome especially with BJ's shenanigans (@ thought lol). I just want them to fucking fight already. I can't wait another 16 days. I don't know about anyone else but it's like UFC93 doesn't even exist to me. If any other card was following this one, I'd be hyped for 93 but it's all about 94 24/7 until this thing goes down. I mean, does 93 even have a fucking poster? Do they?
The Survivalist- January 15, 2009 at 10:50 am
lilpo0ts Says: you roll into clubs and dont have to worry about tabs.

Uh. He doesn't drink so there is no tab loogin! Up here in Canada if you don't drink alcohol the bar will give you free pop or juice.. but I'm sure GSP brings his own super human concoction to the bar.
The Survivalist- January 15, 2009 at 10:40 am
Good show. Should be 1 hour long tho.

GSP will destroy BJ Penn and I didn't need to watch primetime to confirm that.
lilpo0ts- January 15, 2009 at 10:34 am
lol penn gonna win this fight, but it wont shut anyone up. especially the people who believe reality tv. bj didnt take a week off. the camera's were on him. other than a video of bj penn getting smoked down in a car, i havent seen anything that dumb from him. gsp is the van damme of mma..and yes..its only cause the accents sound so much alike...

and it doesnt matter where you come from, its where youre at, and gsp is living a fuckin awesome life. i came from the slums and i did garbage instead of school..stfu.. you should have used that around the first time you won the title..WHO CARES.. you roll into clubs and dont have to worry about train in multi k a month have full stomach and clean clothes to wear. dont give the fans the bullshit. hating on penn cause he has money what was he sposed to do..throw it away?

as for bj talking shit.."im going to kill you..blah blah" thats bj always has been always will be. like him or not atleast he's consistent. gsp is going to quit when his right eye gets swollen shut in the first. and bj is going to win by right uppercut to gnp against the cage..

and ill throw a sawbuck on it
greenseed- January 15, 2009 at 10:34 am
So Dana White IS Santa... I knew it
Smackdaddiest1- January 15, 2009 at 10:20 am
Boy do I feel sorry for all you GSP "white 50 cent" haters.....

GSP is gonna win this fight. I have no problem with Penn, I actually like Penn as a fighter. You can't discount GSP's natural ability man, he's a stud and he's gonna prove that he's better than BJ.

End of Story
Old, Bald and Irish- January 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

...I can say it 'cause it's an Irish word, right?

Kinda like "Shelaliegh".
Andrew- January 15, 2009 at 10:01 am
"I got a lot bigger thing coming up for me than sitting down and watching that show," Penn says. "But everyone else out there, you'd better be sitting down and watching that show. I'm putting a lot of work into acting when the cameras are around.

Thats from a USA today article.
WAR BONG- January 15, 2009 at 10:01 am
bjob penn is a fuking turd-gina...and that's giving fuking turd-ginas a bad name.

if that fuker was laying in the middle of the street engulfed in flames i would not extend the decency to piss on him to put out the fire....ok, maybe i would...but i'd send him a bill for the piss.
Thoughts- January 15, 2009 at 9:57 am
I swear to god I'm going to pistol whip the next guy that says shenanigans...