UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn is known just as much for his sharp tongue as he his is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills, and with the most highly anticipated rematch in MMA history less than two weeks away, Penn has started the trash talking by calling UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre a quitter.
“Is Georges St-Pierre a great fighter?” Penn asked himself. “Yeah, he’s a great fighter, but he’s a quitter, he’s a front-runner. He’s that guy, that bully guy that is big and strong, but once you push through, once you get through all of that, and it ain’t easy, but once you get through it, he’s gonna fold and he’s gonna quit.”
Penn is referring to St-Pierre’s first ever title defense against Matt Serra when he was seen tapping as Serra rained down a barrage of punches to his face. GSP has openly admitted that he wasn’t mentally prepared for that fight, and has gone on to prove that in his four wins since the upset loss, regaining the 170-pound title along the way.
“If BJ thinks I’m a quitter, I’m not the one that comes from a wealthy family,” St-Pierre fired back at the Hawaiian. “I come from a poor environment. I’m the one that has worked three jobs at the same time, in the past. I’m the one that didn’t have money. I’m the one who has struggled to be where I am at right now.
“I have been working really hard to be where I am at right now, and to hear somebody saying that I am a quitter, that’s probably the worst insult somebody can tell me, because if there is something good about it, it is my determination.”
GSP already holds a controversial split decision win over Penn from their bout nearly three years ago, and Penn hasn’t been able to shake the bitter taste of defeat since.
“Georges, I’m gonna beat you and your gonna be wondering ‘who is this person? This is not the same person,’ and then you’re gonna quit. I can’t wait, man,” stated Penn.