On a radio interview for his website, BJ Penn commented on a number of things today, including the news that Florian would be training at the Tristar gym for their upcoming fight. Upon hearing the news, BJ made a big accusation:
"Oh, that's funny, he's going to tristar? He's the who who tipped us off that GSP was going to be greasing...He actually emailed me and tipped me off."
This is a big charge considering the fact that the two men shared strategy before the fight and after, and especially considering the fact that the two will be training together. Bloody Elbow contacted Kenny Florian for a response, and he issued a flat denial:
"I don't even know BJ's email. How or why would I send that information?"
This looks like just another mind game from BJ Penn.
Update: Sherdog has more on this, including the longer quote:
“That is kind of surprising to me because Kenny is actually the guy who tipped us off that GSP was going to be greasing,” said Penn. “He actually e-mailed me and tipped me off.”
“I’ve never emailed a fighter about anything like that. I don’t even have B.J. Penn’s email,” a puzzled Florian told Sherdog.com on Tuesday. “I’d love to see that email. I would say print that email and show it to everybody. Where’s this mystery email?”
Florian, 32, also dispelled any possibility that the two had exchanged the alleged information by other means.
“I haven’t spoken to B.J. -- besides ‘hello’ -- since January of 2007,” he said. “I’ve never trained with [St. Pierre] in the past. I have no motive in saying that. Even if I knew, would I say that? I know of other fighters who have [greased] and I don’t say anything to anybody.”