Quick Quote: Jon Fitch has "full focus" on Penn, not the TitlePosted on January 23, 2011, 10:09 PM by Joey Santosus
"B.J. is such a dangerous opponent. He's a legend. He's such a huge name in this sport. For me to give him anything less than 100 percent of my full focus and attention would be greatly detrimental to me winning this fight. So I have to just focus on him, and not worry about anything that's been said in the past, or anything that's been promised in the past."
"I'm extremely hard to finish and I have a huge gas tank and historically that's a big problem for B.J. Penn. If he doesn't have the cardio to keep up with my pace, there's no way he's going to last. If I went out there and tried to match BJ's timing, or match BJ's speed, it would never happen. And a lot of guys fall into that trap. It's more about setting your pace and dictating the action, dictating what's going on in the fight. That way you're not reacting to things, you're making the faster guy react to you. If you're good enough you can set traps, make them react the wrong way. - For complete interview by Tim Marchman, visit Sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Perennial Welterweight contender Jon Fitch will look to continue building his case for a title shot when he meets BJ Penn at UFC 127. Fitch (23-3) was expected to be next in line to face division champ GSP following his latest unanimous decision victory over Thiago Alves back in August. However, he was once again passed over when recent UFC signee Jake Shields was named number-one-contender in his place. An impressive victory over an opponent of Penn's caliber would undoubtedly make Fitch hard to deny.
The Welterweight showdown between Jon Fitch and BJ Penn will headline the stacked UFC 127 card, while Aussie George Sotiropoulos is set to face Dennis Siver in the co-main event attraction of the night. The event is scheduled to take place February 27th from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia and will mark the second trip the promotion has taken to the land down under.
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