Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn recently rebounded from two consecutive losses to current lightweight boss Frankie Edgar by scoring a first round knockout over MMA legend Matt Hughes. Now, Penn will face perennial welterweight contender Jon Fitch in the main event of UFC 127 this coming February. “The Prodigy” recently spoke with MMASports about the impending bout and where he finds the motivation that has been fueling his rediscovered enthusiasm for fighting.
“I know his under pressure people telling him that he has to finish fights and stuff but I honestly think he’s just going to come out and do the some thing he always does, he’s a grinder and he goes after you and grind you into the ground and I just have to stop all that and turn it around,” Penn offered as his expectation for what Fitch will bring to the table in their fight.
Penn explained that he is no longer concerned with winning or losing in his fights, that he has been down that road and is now only interested in displaying his warrior’s spirit to the world.
“Well, me and Jon Fitch are in two different places in our lives. All these fighters are really, really, really concerned about one thing: winning,” asserted Penn. “And it’s not that I’m not concerned about that, but I’ve been in their shoes for a long time, that’s all I was concerned about too, but more concerned than winning I want to show everybody my fighting spirit, what happens when I step into the ring; it’s either going to be the best win, best loss or best draw you ever f***ing saw. (Laughs). I’ve stepped into that ring. It’s just that everybody’s in different places in their lives, he’s looking for title shot, Georges is looking for a title shot, all these people are looking to come up, some people looking to win to keep their job and this and that, I’m just looking to show my fighting spirit.”
Fitch and Penn will square off on February 27th at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. They will be supported in the main event by middleweight fighters Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera.