Nov 11, 2011

BJ Penn Responds to Cesar Gracie's Offer and Discusses Diaz Fight (Interview)

Spoiler: "Nope."
BJ Penn finally breaks his silence and goes on record about Nick Diaz, Cesar Gracie, and his current plans. The whole interview is up on BJPenn.com here: http://bjpenn.com/news/2011/11/11/exclusive-penn-breaks-his-silence-addresses-diaz-fight-retirement-talk-cesar%E2%80%99s-offer-and-more-7807.html and I've just posted the specific part where he addresses Cesar Gracie's offer to combine fight camps. I've bolded BJ's responses.

PC: Another hot topic is how last week Cesar gave me a call to offer a team merger. What are your thoughts on that and is that something you would consider?

BJ: “I’ve known Cesar for awhile, whether I dislike him at certain times or not I could never stay mad at that guy. That being said, some of things Diaz has done kind of rub me the wrong way so I think I’m just going to kind of keep to myself and do my own thing.


I’m not even training for a fight anyways so there is really no reason why I would be up there right now”

PC: So that is a definite “NO”, correct?

BJ: “Exactly, I’m with Nova Uniao, I’ve been with them since 1999 and I’m still with them today.”

PC: Perfect, now let’s discuss some of the post-fight antics Nick has been making headlines with. The guy comes out of nowhere and starts doing a ton of press lately, something that he has never done in the past and it seems like he wants to bring you up for whatever reason.

He has gone on the record and called you bitter about the loss for breaking down his fight with GSP and saying that GSP will probably out wrestle him and he has said that he finds you disrespectful for kind of forgetting where you came from at Ralph’s and abandoning that team while promoting your own.

Since I have you here today, I just want to address all these things that have been going on and get your thoughts on all of that?

BJ: “There are just so many teachers, but I still respect Ralph Gracie to this day. I trained with him for a year and half until I was a purple belt and sometimes it’s hard to respect someone that says the kind of stuff that Ralph says about me but I still respect and appreciate him to this day.


I started training with Ralph Gracie from 1997 to 1999 so I trained with him for about a year and a half and than from there I moved back to Hawaii and I started training with Nova Uniao and I’ve been with them the whole time.

I see what he is saying though because Jiu Jitsu is a great martial art. I still think Jiu Jitsu is the perfect form of self defense. It can’t win a Mixed Martial Arts world title but it can definitely keep you alive on the streets. If you had to run away and someone tackled you, you could defend yourself and run away again, but we have had so many teachers over the years.


I’ve stayed with Nova Uniao for 12 years now, I’ve always stayed with them, but there are so many different teachers over the years from my junior college wrestling coach, Jim Root at West Valley, to more and more and more. I mean, so many different teachers have taught me through the years that I don’t even know. I guess the learning never stops.


What I Said about his fight with GSP wasn’t even that bad, the whole world knows GSP is going to use his wrestling to take Nick down, he’s not gonna stand there and just box with him. That’s nothing personal, that’s just the way it is.”

PC: Sounds good BJ, I think we have pretty much addressed everything at this point in time and I appreciate you opening up for the fans. I guess my last question would be what your plans are for the next several months and what you are most looking forward to in your time away from competing?

BJ: “I’m looking forward to spending time with my daughter now and the birth of my new daughter in December and just kind of taking it easy. I’m still going to be training and teaching and doing those things but I’m not going to be training to compete and I think that is what I am most looking forward to.”

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