BJ Penn’s unanimous decision loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi earlier this year was somewhat of a shock, but what was even more suprising was Penn’s attitude to the loss.

The Hawaiian was remarkably mellow about having just lost his belt, and potentially having been on the end of a dubious judges decision as some observers, this writer included, believed at the time.

Directly after the fight Penn embarked on a grueling tour to promote his new book which perhaps took his mind of the defeat.  Today however, some two and a half months after the fight, it seems that Penn has only just taken the time to really reflect on what happened on April 1oth, and it’s had an immediate effect on his mood going into the rematch.

“I just saw the fight between me and Frankie Edgar yesterday because I’m getting ready to see what he does,” he tells his fans on his latest video blog at “While watching the fight, now I kinda realize what everybody was talking about because this is the first time I’ve seen the fight….and I don’t know how I lost every round. That’s pretty strange.

“And then, [on] the other hand, it just makes me think about how Frankie was trying to get out of the fight and fight Gray Maynard and not try to give me my rematch. It makes me dislike Frankie very much for not giving me my chance, when he wasn’t a big name and I give him his shot.

“There it is, that’s how I feel about that situation. I don’t even care if I win or lose, I just want to go in there and I can’t wait to see you in the ring Frankie. Trying to get out of the fight when it was a fight like that. There really was no….you know what I mean? – you didn’t win all five rounds, and now your trying to get out of the fight. Yep, just makes me dislike you. Can’t wait to see you in the ring on August 28th – let’s do it.”

Personally I thought Penn lacked a little desire in his performance, and it may be that this is just the spark he needs to raise his game and get revenge in two months time.

Watch BJ Penn’s video blog entry for yourself below.


  1. Oh no! An angry BJ Penn! Is he going to go to the death again? Going to ensure he stops the fight? Run a rigourous and grueling camp out of Hawaii?
    Personally, I hate how BJ has enough say in the UFC to just demand a rematch. This was not as nearly as close or odd judging decision as Shogun/Machida I, I saw him losing the fight. OF COURSE he is going to say he won every round, I’m sure he felt the same way with GSP II.
    I think he should have to at least have to fight his way back up through Maynard, Florian, or maybe even Evan Dunham? I certainly won’t be shelling out to see this rematch.

  2. I’ve heard that Penn is going to be spending double the time running underwater with large rocks to prepare for this rematch Eric!

    Seriously though, I agree with you that it wasn’t as close at the shogun / Rua. Having said that, the way I saw it Edgar looked impressive because he was the busier fighter, but Penn was actually landing more consistently.

    I don’t have a problem with the immediate rematch. I feel a bit sorry for Edgar that he’s not getting a chance to defend his belt against someone else first, but at the same time when you look at the fact that Penn hadn’t been defeated at lightweight for over eight years, I think he’s entitled to jump to the head of the queue.

  3. He may have gone undefeated as a lightweight for 8 years, but he missed a few fights on the way there. He has earned the right to be called one of the best pound-for-pound fighters ever, but he certainly has earned his name “Baby J” as well. Seriously, I’ve never heard any other fighter whine as much as he has since GSP.

    I just have a hard time giving him the respect he probably deserves for the way he carries himself after a fight. Every fighter could take a lesson from Kenny Florian, a guy who has consistantly ground his way through the upper echelons of the lightweight division and taken his lumps like a man. He went down and stayed down at lightweight, no jumping weight classes every time he got beat.

  4. The greasing allegation’s were definitely weak, he didn’t do himself any favors with that whole fiasco. I like when fighters are a bit edgy though. I admire someone like GSP who is always very humble and respectful, but if everyone in MMA was like that it’d be a little sterile.

    Florian’s definitely one of the good guys. I believe he’s earned his spot as the No.2 lightweight in the world and there’s a lot of exciting fights left for him – one of them being a rematch with BJ since I think he didn’t fight as well as he can do in their first encounter.