The UFC 123 media conference call just concluded. On the line were Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Matt Hughes and BJ Penn. Here are some highlights.
BJ Penn on what keeps him 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, Rampage and Matt 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 gotta a reason to live for a couple more months. I think fighters are just used to that adrenaline.”
Matt Hughes on being presented with the BJ Penn fight:
“I had a lot of obligations on the line. But one more paycheck this year will really make my wife pretty happy and get her off my back for spending some money. I was able to hold off on all the obligations. BJ and I are a lot alike. We’re split one and one and we finally get to have the rubber match.”