UFC 123 Pre-Fight Interviews: BJ Penn Talks About Keeping Motivated

"I think what keeps me motivated is I don't want to go in the bar and drink. There's not much to do in Hilo. There's nothing to do. I'd way rather be training to fight in the Octagon. I think once you've been where me, Lyoto Machida, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Matt Hughes have been, a lot of other stuff, it just seems boring. This is the only thing that keeps me feeling like I have something to live for. As soon as Dana gave me that text, he said, you want to take a fight with Matt Hughes, I got chicken skin all over my body and I was like, I got to a reason to live for a couple more months. I think fighters are just used to that adrenaline."

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Join us at BloodyElbow.com for UFC 123 on Saturday, Nov 20th at 9:00 p.m. ET:
Main card:
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (30-8) +230 vs. Lyoto Machida (16-1) -290
Matt Hughes (45-7) +145 vs. B.J. Penn (15-7-1) -170
Gerald Harris (17-2) -300 vs. Maiquel Falcao (25-3) +230
Phil Davis (7-0) -650 vs. Tim Boetsch (12-3) +435
George Sotiropoulos (13-2) -240 vs. Joe Lauzon (18-5) +185

On Spike:
Matt Brown (11-9) +130 vs. Brian Foster (14-5) -160
Aaron Simpson (7-1) +150 vs. Mark Munoz (8-2) -180

Preliminary card:
Karo Parisyan (19-5) vs. Dennis Hallman (45-13-2)
Darren Elkins (12-2) vs. Edson Barboza (6-0)
Paul Kelly (10-3) vs. T.J. O'Brien (16-3)
Tyson Griffin (14-4) vs. Nik Lentz (21-3-2)
UFC Middleweight Mark Munoz and gets his thoughts on the upcoming fight with Aaron Simpson, scheduled for UFC 123 in Auburn Hills, MI. With a record of 8-2, Mark is known for his heart- both in and out of the Octagon- and also for his furious ground-and-pound game. The former Big 12 wrestling champion from OSU talks about his friendship with his opponent and his strategy for the fight at UFC 123: When two wrestlers meet, can they ever get the ground game off, or will it be all stand-up? Mark also gives his thoughts on his split-decision loss to Yushin Okami and what he needs to work on to continue to grow as a mixed martial artist.
Matt Hughes UFC 122 Spike TV interview
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