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Inside Penn-Diaz Twitter war

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12:18 PM ET 01.07 | And the Twitter feud goes on. After announcing his retirement from MMA following a decisive beating at the hands of Nick Diaz this past October, BJ Penn has remained mostly quiet. Throughout it all, Penn maintained respect towards Diaz and his camp, Team Cesar Gracie, until this week, when he launched a random tirade at the California based fight team, which has kicked off a back and forth. Penn accused Diaz of playing a coward's game for "tiring out the smaller man," comparing him to "glass jaw" Jon Fitch and apparently announcing his intention to return to action by saying he'd be ready for that the next time they fight. Cesar Gracie responded through GracieFighter, lamenting Penn's lack of development as a result of the "Yes Men" he harbors in his entourage and the fact that they're refusal to be real with Penn leads to inconsistencies in his performances and excuses after losses.

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January 7, 2012  01:04 PM ET

Maybe Penn's bank account is getting low.

January 7, 2012  04:58 PM ET

Your an idiot... His family is Rich. He is set for life. Does not have to fight.

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January 7, 2012  05:36 PM ET

I wish people knew how to spell... you're(you + are = you're).

January 7, 2012  07:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Your an idiot... His family is Rich. He is set for life. Does not have to fight.

Maybe you need to:

1. Learn to spell correctly or use spell check before calling someone an idiot.

2. Write the same way you would speak if you and I were face to face.

3. Try to mature to the point that you do not resort to juvenile name calling on an internet forum.

January 8, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Maybe you need to:1. Learn to spell correctly or use spell check before calling someone an idiot.2. Write the same way you would speak if you and I were face to face.3. Try to mature to the point that you do not resort to juvenile name calling on an internet forum.

doesn't mean the dude was wrong about bj, some people just come here to talk trash and bash others, that's not very mature either.

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January 9, 2012  12:52 PM ET

Apparently, a spelling mistake is more egregious error than false statements based upon total lack of knowledge? Please...

Anyway, it seems like every time someone beats Penn, he shows how little class he has...although this took longer than usual.
But criticizing a fighter because he was waiting for Penn to tire out?? Isn't that Fighting Penn 101? Maybe if Penn actually trained so that he could last more than one round, he would've had more success in the last couple of years.

January 9, 2012  09:18 PM ET

Stop it BJ...

January 9, 2012  09:19 PM ET

spaul>>>hate to admit it, B.J. complained when he lost to GSP. B.J. is too small for 170 and slowing at 155. He's 2 wins (both to Hughes) 3 and 1 at 170. He's the greatest lightweight of all time, but he's past his prime. He can still fight the 3 round fights (to make some $$$) with the likes of Guida, Danzig, or Fisher, but his days of main event 5 rounders are done, I think.

January 10, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

spaul>>>hate to admit it, B.J. complained when he lost to GSP. B.J. is too small for 170 and slowing at 155. He's 2 wins (both to Hughes) 3 and 1 at 170. He's the greatest lightweight of all time, but he's past his prime. He can still fight the 3 round fights (to make some $$$) with the likes of Guida, Danzig, or Fisher, but his days of main event 5 rounders are done, I think.

I would tend to agree with you...except to elaborate that BJ is not necessarily past his prime. I don't think the guy has the right people with him.
He's probably got the best natural talent of any fighter, except maybe for Silva and Jones. He's never worked out enough for a fight, as far as increasing his stamina is concerned. He also fights exactly the same as he did 10 years ago...that's not good enough.
He could get away with that when he was young, but not anymore. Guys like GSP train 365 days a year, not just 3 weeks before a fight...and they work on aspects of their game.
If he just does the same old thing, I agree...his main event days are over.

January 10, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Your an idiot...

The irony of these posts never -- and I mean NEVER -- ceases to amuse me.

January 10, 2012  10:59 AM ET

B.J. is an enigma, and has been since he entered BJJ and naturally MMA. Fast rising, tons of natural ability, youngest black belt outside of Brazil, hands that could knock out just about anyone at 155, and yet his island lifestyle has bread a well fed, little motivated, hardly conditioned shell of a fighter.

There are a million want to be fighters out there that would kill for a tenth of the natural ability BJ possesses. Unfortunately his ???training camp??? consists of such island pleasures as surfing and Taco Tuesday, which leaves him ill prepared to face top competition, of which the UFC is shark pool deep.

When the sun sets on his career, and I don???t believe it has, he will be remembered as a great fighter who never reached his potential because of his refusal to embrace more hardcore, advanced training camps like that of Greg Jackson and Mark Delagrotte.

I hope he does come back, but I think Nick Diaz is right now at a level that would require B.J. to completely embrace modern training and a revision in tactics to be able to compete.

January 10, 2012  10:59 AM ET

B.J. is an enigma, and has been since he entered BJJ and naturally MMA. Fast rising, tons of natural ability, youngest black belt outside of Brazil, hands that could knock out just about anyone at 155, and yet his island lifestyle has bread a well fed, little motivated, hardly conditioned shell of a fighter.

There are a million want to be fighters out there that would kill for a tenth of the natural ability BJ possesses. Unfortunately his ???training camp??? consists of such island pleasures as surfing and Taco Tuesday, which leaves him ill prepared to face top competition, of which the UFC is shark pool deep.

When the sun sets on his career, and I don???t believe it has, he will be remembered as a great fighter who never reached his potential because of his refusal to embrace more hardcore, advanced training camps like that of Greg Jackson and Mark Delagrotte.

I hope he does come back, but I think Nick Diaz is right now at a level that would require B.J. to completely embrace modern training and a revision in tactics to be able to compete.

January 11, 2012  12:02 PM ET

I'm a BJ fan but I have to agree with Cesar Gracie. he hit the nail on the head with his comments about his camp.
Fight fans have seen it time and time again with BJ and his lack of preparation for a fight. I don't think he gets it.

January 11, 2012  12:23 PM ET

Problem of Bj Penn is that he turned into an Andy Wang. Remember the Ultimate Fighter series where BJ keeps telling Andy to take his opponent down and so he can use his BJJ.

BJ relies too much on his striking instead of mixing it up.

January 13, 2012  08:07 AM ET

twitter war? What the hell? MMA fighters are becoming keyboard commandos and talking smack from behind a computer screen? what a bunch of panzy **** biiitches...

 
January 13, 2012  08:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Maybe you need to:1. Learn to spell correctly or use spell check before calling someone an idiot.2. Write the same way you would speak if you and I were face to face.3. Try to mature to the point that you do not resort to juvenile name calling on an internet forum.

do you honestly think I wouldn't say $h!t to your face? That means you're a moron....you're the kind of person that will end up shot after trying to act like a bad ****...but you're really just a stupid little faig trying to talk smack on the internet because you know you won't have to face consequences....

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