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Matt Hughes Speak About Training With BJ Penn.

With UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch drawing closer, preparations are beginning to wind down as BJ Penn prepares to face Jon Fitch in Sydney, Australia. In typical fashion, MMA fans have been buzzing about BJ's training camp, and who he's been working with. We've seen his normal coaching staff like Troy Mandaloniz and Justin McCully, but we've also seen some new faces like Tiki Ghosn and Floyd Mayweather Sr. However, fan curiosity really peaked when Matt Hughes showed up in Oahu to help Penn prepare for Fitch. In his most recent blog, Hughes spoke a bit about his experience in Hawaii: "We left Vegas on Sunday morning and flew straight to Hawaii. BJ Penn had texted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I had some time to come out and train and get him ready for Fitch. After that initial call I checked my schedule, said I could come and had him send me Fitch’s last five fights. BJ gave me first class accommodations all the way through. I think we got some good training in, I’d love to sit here and tell you what we worked on, but I just can’t. What I can tell you to do is go to BJPenn.com and there are several videos of us on there. I think most of them will have my little Hanna in there as well. It was a great experience for me, first off I got to train with BJ; I think we would both say that we’re a lot alike. And number two, I got to spend some quality time with my daughter. I’m on the road a lot and usually my family is at home. This time I was gone for nine days and got to take my 4 1/2 year old daughter with me. One of the things I liked most is that Hanna will most likely remember everything and it was 1-on-1 time with my girl." Hughes, not a small welterweight by any means, has been known for his freakish strength inside the octagon, which would help simulate what Fitch will bring to the table come February 26th. Like Fitch, Hughes also has a wrestling background and a similar style, as he grinds down his opponents, using a combination of top control, ground and pound, and submission wrestling. Both camps have been relatively quiet leading up to this huge main event. There's been no arguments, trash talking, and no ill feelings towards the other. At this point, it's just two guys ready to fight for their spot in the division.

Michael Bisping: Who Set up the 'I Hate Michael Bisping' Fan Club

I touched on this subject a little bit last week, but today I'd like to fully explore who set up the 'I Hate Michael Bisping' fan club and why. It seems that whenever I fight anywhere but in England, I'm watched by thousands of fans praying I get my butt kicked in the most humiliating fashion possible. For starters, I'd just like reassure everybody that the reaction of the crowd never affects the way I prepare for a fight or the way I fight. For all those fans that may be attempting to unsettle or fluster me by shouting abuse, give your voice box a rest because it won't work. I can guarantee you that. I'm great at blanking it all out and just focusing on the task at hand. You can't get caught up emotionally in things like that, otherwise you'll just go crazy and your head will be a mess of mixed signals and negative thoughts. Actually, the only time the crowd affects me is when I fight at home in England. When I fight in England, I know the place is going to go absolutely nuts when I enter the octagon. So, in that instance, the crowd affects me in a good way. I get a buzz off the energy of the crowd and raise my game to the next level. When I fight in the US or Australia and get heavily booed, it's a different kind of atmosphere, but I love it all the same. Obviously I'd prefer it if everybody liked and respected me, but I also realise that won't always be the case. You've got to take your lumps in this sport, both inside and outside the octagon. I know that not everybody will like me or want me to win. I don't mind being booed and having to play the bad guy. To be honest, I quite like the idea of proving the majority wrong and sticking it to them with a big victory. I don't laud it up or show off around my hometown and I don't cause trouble anywhere. I don't crash Ferraris, cause fights in nightclubs, throw money around like Floyd Mayweather, I don't attend all the UFC events and the after-parties and make big demands. I've had three Fights of the Nights so I'm giving the fans entertainment and am not boring in the octagon. **Article link from Gals Guide to MMA

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