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BJ Penn will beat up his friends

 There isn’t anything I hate more than big fights that don’t happen because fighters are from the same camp. The best examples I can think of off the top of my head is Wanderlei vs Shogun and Paul Filho vs Anderson Silva. But there’s a lot of smaller fights being avoided for the same reason – Rashad Evans vs Keith Jardine and the Swick / Fitch / Koscheck trio who refuse to fight eachother as well.

I understand the reasons why fighters don’t wanna do this, but for fucks sake: Fighting is a job and if the fight has to be against a teammate then that’s what’s gotta happen. ESPECIALLY when it comes to a title shot. Creepy Joe Lauzon was saying he wouldn’t give up training with BJ to fight him, but it looks like BJ doesn’t mind:

We started chatting about what he thought of Joe’s upcoming fight; BJ feels that Joe has a very good chance of winning his fight against Kenny Florian for Ultimate Fight Night in Broomfield, CO. “If Joe does win, and I win the belt, there’s a good chance that we may have to fight each other.” I quickly responded, “But you guys wouldn’t do that, would you?” BJ said, “He would have to fight me if he wants to be the champion. I want him to realize his dreams; I would make him fight me.”

Of course, maybe BJ would be singing another tune if he actually thought Lauzon could beat him. I’d be amazed if a win over Kenny Florian meant Joe was going to get a title shot … even if it didn’t count on his record, he still lost to Manny Gamburyan on TUF5. I’d say if he beats Kenny and one other strong opponent, maybe then. But hey … with Penn vs Sherk coming up fast, they might need a timely opponent and whoever wins KenFlo / Jlau might just get it by default.

  • Popetastic

    Edgar vs. Florian (if they both win on UFN) for a shot at BJ/Sherk. I think this would make sense.

  • Captain

    I really don’t see Joe beating Kenny so I think it’s a non-issue. But even if somehow he did, I’d say Frankie Edgar is in line for a title shot before Joe.

    Glad to see BJ would fight whoever.

    My favorite fighter response to this subject came from Hendo. When asked if he would ever fight Matt Lindlad he said something to the effect of, yeah, I’d fight Matt if the money was right and Matt, well Matt would fight his own wife for the right amount of money.

  • Lifer

    BJ has a hankering to taste the blood of Joe! damn vampiric curses!

  • MacDaddy

    Why is everyone on Frankie Edgar’s balls? He’s a primo fuzzy blanket wrestler, he’s beaten Tyson Griffin and Spencer Fisher by decision and KO’ed Mark Bocek. Is that really enough to get you up there on the title ladder ahead of someone like Huerta? Florian I can see, at least he’s stopped his last couple of fights convincingly.

    I’d like to see Nate Diaz or Lauzon against Penn just for the grappling match, not that either of them deserves a title shot either.

  • FightStinker is RIGHT!

    Dood Huerta almost lost against Doug Evans and should have lost to Clay Guida. I hate Huerta as a fighter…he’s always headlining the Fight Nights. They need to throw him to the sharks with tasers on their heads.

  • yenny

    FL, i think that Wanderlei and Shogun were willing to fight each other. Probably would have happened in the MW grand prix if Arona didn’t beat Wanderlei.

    Have they said otherwise since?

  • Xavier

    J-lau isn’t beating Kenflo, so… y’know? In other news, I like cookie dough.

  • fightlinker

    Oh yeah it was very well known. Shogun won a middleweight tournament and turned down a fight with Silva.

    It’s all over the net, here’s the first example, and lathough it’s a forum, it’s sourced from Tatame

    I’d find better links but i’m lazy and headed out for dinner / gym now

  • Captain

    I recall that at the time of the MW tournament, there was a story going around (maybe a rumor) that either Shogun or Wand said they would work the fight if they were forced to meet each other in the tournament. I have no source for this; only fuzzy memories of a bunch of Sherdoggers going apeshit about it.

  • Captain

    And Frankie Edgar may be a fuzzy blanket but, with wins over Griffin and Fisher (both contenders), that makes him a damn good fuzzy blanket.

  • catch

    I remember the same thing, also too lazy to dig for links.

  • charles

    “I want him to realize his dreams; I would make him fight me.”

    BJ Penn is an awesome motherfucker.

  • RL Dookiefuck

    “Dood Huerta almost lost against Doug Evans and should have lost to Clay Guida”

    lol maybe in Bizarro World where you win by tapping out or getting knocked the damn out.

  • Xenicore

    Bas gives two broken thumbs up.

  • Zane

    Edgar does not make sense. If Lauzon beats florian he will have wins over Pulver, Melendez, Rheinhardt and Florian. With another win I can’t see how he can be denied when Hermes Franca didn’t have those quality of wins. I saw Lauzon beats Florian, then Lauzon and Huerta fight for a title shot.

  • Mike_N

    How the fuck is Edgar overrated? He beat Tyson Griffin in a FOTY candidate, creamed Mark Bocek, and then did the smart thing when he beat Spencer Fisher. What, would everyone rather that he’d tried to stand with Fisher and gotten pummeled? That’s like blaming Tito for putting Wandy on his back all those years ago.

  • MacDaddy

    I don’t give a crap if you want to wrassle, n’all, but if you can’t fucking finish a fight – GO HOME AND WATCH SOME GRAPPLING VIDEOS YOU FUCKING JERSEY HICK. Ahmbah, Ki-moooooraaah, HOMOOOOPLATA – LEARN TO FINISH, FRANKIE.

  • Tommy

    No way would BJ sing a different tune, even if he thought he could lose to Joe. Penn never has turned down a fight or been scared. He even fought Machida to a decision for gods sake.