It was pretty lame when BJ Penn claimed the UFC forced him to manufacture drama between himself and Nick Diaz, and in his own words, the “drama” was limited to literally saying that he would beat his opponent. As in what every fighter presumably wants to do in every fight. As in what I never imagined that anyone would need to be encouraged to say in a show designed to promote their fight.
I thought it was weak as watered-down Bud Light, but Dana White being Dana White, he wasn’t going to let even something this small slide by without getting his two cents in. So he provided some uncut footage that not only shows Penn requiring near-zero encouragement to say he’ll beat Nick Diaz, but delivering the line in pretty much the flattest and most un-hypey way possible.
So that’s it, BJ’s pretty much caught in a lie, fight over. Right? Nope. BJ being BJ, he’s not about to quit even when he’s already lost, so he’s provided his own Zapruder tape of the UFC’s shenanigans:
If you watch it, it will show the UFC interviewer specifically instigating trash talking from BJ. While BJ’s recent recount may not have been 100% accurate based on what the video released allowed you to see, our video shows them asking for specific items from BJ in hopes to hype the fight.
So forgive us for a slightly innacurate recount of events, but as you can see, we are used to the UFC making requests that instigate a fighter to say things he would not normally say and for that reason BJ is somewhat sensetive to these types of baited interviews now.
Watch as the evil nameless UFC person clearly tells him to “hype the fight”, but if Penn is “sensetive” about it, laughing and saying he’s the best in the business at hyping fights is a funny way of showing it. UFC Guy then tells him to say he’ll “beat the shit out of him and then kill Anderson right after,” and they both laugh… and then immediately drop it and move on to talking about how “hungry” he is.
Well holy shit, that’s some DAMNING proof right there. Your move, Dana!
But wait, it gets better. Notice that UFC Guy says BJ should “wait in the Octagon for [Anderson's] walk-out”… but Anderson Silva’s not on the UFC 137 card and never was. WTF? Are they even talking about Nick Diaz here? Apparently not. BJ and Anderson have been on the same card only twice, at UFC 101 and UFC 112, where Penn fought Kenny Florian and Frankie Edgar respectively. Brent Brookhouse says this clip is from the Countdown show for the KenFlo fight… I’m not about to go back and watch it to verify that, but since BJ fought after Silva on that card and before Silva at UFC 112, it seems logical that they’re referring to Frankie Edgar instead.
Either way, while BJPenn.com didn’t specifically say this clip was about Nick Diaz, they didn’t say it wasn’t either, and of course that’s what everyone would naturally presume. So who’s being disingenuous now, BJ? “May not have been 100% accurate”, eh? No shit.