B.J. Penn has always been a man to speak his own mind.
Penn, who is scheduled to meet Nick Diaz at UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit, recently talked about what UFC interviewers asked him to say while filming scenes for the Countdown to UFC 137 special on his own website.
“They had to come back to film the Nick Diaz countdown. One thing that was a trip about that whole thing was that, I got a lot of respect for Diaz, I’ve trained with him, that whole thing…they forced me to say, at the end of the whole thing, they forced me to say…’You gotta say Nick Diaz’s name now, you gotta say his name.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ They were like, ‘Say you’re going to beat Nick Diaz. Say you’re going to beat Nick Diaz.’ And I said, ‘I’m going to beat Nick Diaz,'” Penn said. “I wish…I would have said my hand is going to be raised; at UFC 137 my hand is going to be raised. I don’t know if they’re going to come back and try to show Nick Diaz that, I don’t know what’s going on with that.”
Penn understands where Diaz is headed as a ‘bad-boy’ of MMA, as “The Prodigy” was cast in the same light during filming for the same special prior to his bout with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94.
This fight came about due to the UFC switching Diaz and Carlos Condit around following Diaz no-shows at press conferences. Officially, the Diaz-Penn fight has yet to appear as signed and delivered for the October 29 card, but UFC President Dana White did confirm the fight on his Twitter account.