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 bjpenn.com. “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.