BJ Penn recently sat down with Kevin Iole for a last minute conversation before his fight with Sean Sherk tomorrow at UFC 84: Ill Will. They discussed a number of interesting topics including BJ’s views on steroids, getting the most out of his enormous potential, and his desire to leave the lightweight division should he get a victory tomorrow. Below are some of the highlights of their conversation:
Penn On Performance Enhancing Drugs:
It’s hard for me, as a guy who has never used performance-enhancing drugs before, waking up day in and day out and your body’s in pain and you’re doing all these things, and it gets to you after a while when you find out someone else is using performance enhancing drugs. You know how much criticism I’ve gotten for things I’ve done, or haven’t done, but I can honestly say I’ve never fought with any foreign substance in my body. And I never will. I don’t expect to get praised for that, because it’s the right thing to do. I’m just offended that someone would hurt our sport by cheating like that.
Penn On Maximizing His Enormous Potential:
Dana just hammered me with that over and over and I heard Joe Rogan and so many other people that it just made me think about it. And I said, ‘You know, they’re right.’ This isn’t like baseball, which has been around for 100 years or more. When you try to say who the best baseball player who ever lived is, you can’t really do it because you haven’t seen a lot of those players play in person. But this is such a young sport, if you’ve been around, you pretty much have seen all the fighters. And I realized that I could be in that company. But I had to work for it. Guys 10, 20 years down the road will thank me, because this is going to be a global sport and they’re going to be making so much money. I’m one of the guys who has been here from the earliest days. And if I go out and beat a Sean Sherk and beat a St. Pierre and beat a couple of other guys, the guys down the road when they think of how much money they’re making, they’re going to think of me and what I did.
BJ Penn On Facing The Winner Of Huerta-Florian Should He Beat Sherk:
Honestly, if I go out there and I destroy Sean Sherk in one round, I’m really going to have a hard time getting motivated to fight Florian or Huerta. No matter what anybody says, it would be hard. A fight with Matt Hughes would be a great one for Hawaii, but a fight with St. Pierre, that would be one for the world.