Things didn’t go according to plan for former lightweight champion BJ Penn in his rematch with Frankie Edgar at UFC 118, but judging by his latest interview that doesn’t appear to have affected the Hawaiian’s thought’s on how he should proceed from here.
“I’m sticking to my gameplan – I wanna train year round. I don’t wanna do a three month training camp and then take two months off and fight once or twice a year. You know I’ve done that for the last 10 years, I’ve done that whole thing. I want to try and take a new approach to this and I want to train year round and I want to fight year round.”
Penn released a biography earlier this year titled, Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory, and during his interview with Fighters Only he appears to be staying true to that philosophy, revealing that just getting his hands on the title is no longer what matters to him.
“I don’t want to be that guy anymore. I don’t want to train for two big fights or three big fights a year, I just want to fight consistently and kinda do it, get my name out there and keep it out there and hold on.”
“Of course to do this you’ve got to win your fights,” Penn chuckles, “I mean you can’t go around fighting year round losing every fight, I mean that wouldn’t make sense either!”
That unfortunate outcome aside the 31 year-old envisages himself being ready to fight at the drop of a hat.
“Say I beat Matt Hughes in the first round and I come out without any scratches, which is always the best case scenario…Dana when can I fight again? Two weeks? Perfect, let’s go, you know. Next month? I just want to be as busy as I can and train year round and I think I got the recipe to do it. I’m just getting the supporting cast to help me out on this.”
Time will tell whether it proves to be a successful strategy but there’s no doubt that despite his recent disappointments in the octagon Penn seems to be in a good frame of mind right now, appearing as relaxed and happy as we’ve seen him in some time.
Watch the full interview with Penn below and see what you think.