If you have any recollection of the build-up to UFC 94 or the aftermath (think Greasegate) from the event, you know that B.J. Penn has had a contentious history with the Tristar Gym.
Stationed out of Montreal and run by head coach Firas Zahabi, the gym is home to the likes Georges St-Pierre, Hatsu Hioki, Kenny Florian, Miguel Torres and Rory MacDonald — the latter of which issued a challenge to Penn which lured him out of retirement. Penn maintains that the past between himself and Tristar will stay there, but he also freely admits that he’s motivated by the opportunity to pick up a win over one of there brightest young prospects.
Feeling that he could have done better against GSP back at UFC 94, Penn said on last night’s episode of UFC Tonight that he just wants to show them the real B.J. Penn, win or lose.
“I want to go up there (to Canada), and I want to show them that, hey, I’m someone to be reckoned with and when I’m standing across you in the Octagon, you know, this is going to be a tough fight,” Penn said. “This isn’t gonna be a walkthrough. This isn’t gonna be, let’s go push B.J. Penn up against the fence, hold him on the fence for a little bit and now we got him. You know, I got some good ideas coming into this camp and I think it’s going to be great. I think the fans are the one who are gonna win in the end.”
Penn and MacDonald are expected to face off at UFC 152, which is scheduled for September 22 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.