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.”
“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.”