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Video: BJ Penn Brings in Matt Hughes to Train for Jon Fitch

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It looks like Matt Hughes and BJ Penn have been trolling us all along by making everyone think they can’t stand each other.

“The Prodigy” has brought in “Country Breakfast” to help him train for his upcoming UFC 127 fight with Jon Fitch, and according to Hughes, despite the fact that they have both beaten the shit out of each other and have slung a shit ton of verbal jabs over the years, there’s no hard feelings between them.

“I’ve been in the sport a long time — a lot longer than some other guys in the UFC. We respect each other and we’ve never really not got along and never had a falling out of any type. We’re competitors, so when we had a fight coming up, we always came in with the attitude that we were gonna beat the other one,” Hughes told Hawaii’s KHON2 news. “We fought, I think a week before Thanksgiving or something and he beat me pretty good…pretty quick. That was a match and he’s got his next fight and I’m tryin’ to help him out.”

Penn says that Hughes is the perfect person to mimic Fitch’s style, since it’s pretty much the same as the former UFC welterweight champ’s wrestling-based fighting technique.

“I kept thinking, ‘Who’s going to grind me and try to push me into the fence and do the ground and pound stuff?’ and I was like, ‘Matt would be a perfect guy to come in and help me out.’ I actually got to work with him a little bit and he surprised me in a few positions. He’s got some stuff to show me and I’m just blessed, really, that he’s down here,” Penn explains. “I think Matt’s the guy [to mimic Fitch]. Matt’s the man. We were even talking about it last night when we were standing in the ring. He was like, ‘Come on; I’m Fitch. That’s my style. Push you down, take you down and I’m going to beat on you.’ It’s perfect to have him here.”

Hughes agrees that his ground and pound-heavy style is a lot like Fitch’s and says that if Penn puts his mind to it, he’s confident he will take the fight.

“Fitch and I do a lot of the same things on our feet and on the ground. I’ve watched some tape on Fitch and I think I’ve come up with a good game plan on what he’s going to do against BJ and that’s why I’m here. With BJ it’s all about if he’s got the mindset to go in there and take the win, he will win,” Hughes points out. “It’s all in BJ’s mindset of what he wants to do. If he’s gonna go in there and try and trade some blows with him and this and that. then you don’t know what’s gonna happen. If BJ’s strong minded, he’s gonna get his hand raised at the end.”

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Al Buckfutter- February 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Good for them. They seem like a very happy couple.
BeefcurtainBurp- February 12, 2011 at 11:47 am
You think Canadian football players notice that their salary is about half the minimum wage of NFL players for their top return man?
FatbellyFrank- February 12, 2011 at 11:11 am
I am also fatsmellyfrank
Fried Taco- February 12, 2011 at 10:52 am
Matt has even offered to take BJ hunting with him next time. They're getting to be quite the pals, going to church together and having bible studies. Who would've thought!
Angry Whopper- February 12, 2011 at 4:45 am
Wow. I don't think I ever expected this. Next thing you know, we'll be hearing about how Kos wants to train with GSP in order to round his game out.
Seamus- February 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm
I heard Matt Hughes' friend Mike Whitehead asked if he could go with him!

Hughes said NO....but Whitehead just ignored him!
Danky4Twanky- February 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm
Ya bj needs to throw nasty knees when fitch shoots for the take down a la sherk fight. Gonna be hard to keep fitch from clinching and putting him on the cage tho. Not that fitch will do damage there but I think we have all seen how fitch wins fights. This is a pick em for me. Don't like fitch's style but you all have to admit he is good at being Jon fitch. Even if you fall asleep during his bouts.
youenjoyzedella- February 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm
John Fitch: Last 8 fights...Decisions.
BJ: Please do something about this.
RwilsonR- February 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm
Wasn't Bj saying before their last fight that he loves Matt Hughes, and if Matt ever called him up and needed him he would be there in a second? Two strange guys. Glad they are getting along. As much as I hate BJ, he seems to be maturing, and they are both legends of the sport.
Joesonscup- February 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm
I hope bj learns how to stop the takedown if not its a fight he loses in a real boring way.
danomite- February 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm
It's nice to see BJ training with someone who will actually push him.
Kingzipperhed- February 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm
is that you frank or an imposter
Kingzipperhed- February 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm
yup guess i can
Says Says Says Says Says- February 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Can i still change my name to whatever whenever i want????
Peppered to Death- February 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm
Hmmm, midwestern winter or spending a couple weeks in Hawaii?
FatSmellyFrank- February 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm
Wow I am still FatbellyFrank. It saves it in my browser. This is amazing
Don- February 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Whatta couple of trolls!
MrPresident- February 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm
I love this sport.