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BJ Penn talks TUF 19 & Frankie Edgar‏

BJ Penn talks TUF 19 & Frankie Edgar‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn recently did an interview with his website BJPENN.com, where he discussed a number of topics concerning TUF 19 and his upcoming trilogy bout with Frankie Edgar. Here is what “The Prodigy” had to say:

On His Drop to 145:

“I look at Frankie Edgar– I mean I can’t say enough good things about Frankie. As an athlete, every time he shows up he brings his A-Game. It doesn’t matter if he starts having a rough road in the beginning or having a rough road in the end or whatever it is, you know, I really respect how Frankie always pulls it together, he always brings his A-Game on fight night. So that’s for sure; we all know Frankie Edgar does that. Number two, watching Frankie’s fights, I didn’t get to see his second fight with Benson, but I heard Frankie did very, very well. A lot of people kept telling me that they really thought Frankie won the fight. Then, Frankie dropped down to 145 and fought Jose Aldo and did well, you know. Maybe, some people say it could have been a draw or Frankie was coming back. Arguably, nobody has really been able to do much to Frankie. He’s been hurt, he’s been dropped a few times. Benson dropped him. Gray dropped him. But no-one has really been able to put him away. He has two decision wins over me, and I look at him and that’s the guy I want to fight. The way it got put together, me and Dana were talking about fighting again and he asked “Why do you want to fight again, man?” I’m like, “Maybe a couple good fights and maybe see if I can earn my shot back up and maybe get a chance to redeem myself against Frankie.” And at that time, of course that wasn’t on anyone’s radar, BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar. I’m sure it wasn’t on Frankie’s. I was kind of thinking about it, of course because he beat me and I want to get another shot at him, of course, everybody always thinks like that. There’s so much stuff to think about, man. I just got off the plane, sorry I lost my train of thought. My brain’s just going 1,000 MPH right now with everything.”

If He will Go to Brazil and Train w/ Andre Pederneiras at Nova Uniao for the fight:

“Yes, that will happen. We’re going to Nova Uniao, Brazil and like I said, we’re not trying to let this slip away. And I’m sure Frankie isn’t either. So, Frankie knows that if BJ really wants to avenge his loss and this and that, this is BJ’s chance. I know Frankie’s coming (prepared for the fight). You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 lbs. Nothing to do with the weight, it’s just I really feel that Frankie hasn’t lost yet. He’s right up there, and I feel everybody says I’m supposed to be the greatest at lightweight. Frankie beat me twice. Frankie never really lost yet. Pettis is the new champ, you got all these new guys coming. Well if Frankie and me are the old guys, maybe who walks out of that ring will be one of the best lightweights of all time. We’re going to find out.”

If He Wants to Revisit the Fight at 155:

“At the end of the day, whatever makes the UFC comfortable. It might be a good thing for me, 145 might be the best thing to ever happen to BJ Penn. We’ll find out.”

Will BJ Penn Be Making a Run At the 145 Title?:

“I know it’s really weird for a lot of people in America to understand this, but I’ve always been a loyal guy to my Jiu-Jitsu King. Ever since Jose Aldo has hit the scene and just went on an absolute tear has busted everybody up, I never had any intentions of fighting Jose Aldo. At this point, if I fight Jose Aldo who am I fighting? I’m fighting Andre Pederneiras. I’m fighting the man who gave me my black belt. It’s just not a comfortable feeling for me. Me and Andre Pederneiras will have to sit down and talk. Jose Aldo is going to have to sit down and talk. I know Jose Aldo was just about to fight Anthony Pettis. Now, is Jose Aldo going to go up to 155 and fight Anthony Pettis or is he going to stay at 145 and defend his belt? I think with some of the decisions Aldo will make, will help me make some of my decisions myself.”

On the hypothetical situation Aldo vacates the 145 title to pursue the 155 title:

“If that happens, I really do consider that a possibility. If that happens, great. I’ll take a crack at the 145 title. If he wants to sit there and defend, then me and Dana will sit down and talk. Really, one of the main things I want to do is just get that fight with Frankie Edgar. Maybe that’s the only fight I want? Who knows? We’ll see what happens when we cross that river.”

How He Succeeds Against Edgar This Time Around:

“You know what? Anything I say right now, right here, not going to change nothing. I gotta get out there, I gotta beat Frankie Edgar— I could say 1,000 things. I could say “I’m going to choke him, this time. I’m going to take him down early. Or I improved my boxing; I can beat him in boxing now.” Nothing matters. Talk is cheap, I’ll see Frankie in April.”

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for all your major UFC news and be sure to catch BJ Penn when he faces Frankie Edgar for a third time July 6 live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!

Johnny Football takes Cleveland by storm‏

Johnny Football takes Cleveland by storm‏

By: Chris Taylor

(Picture via fansided.com)

 

 

The Cleveland Browns used the 22nd pick of this year’s NFL Draft to select quarterback Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M, much to the delight of their fans.

Johnny has been referred to as “Money” Manziel, which is appropriate, as that’s exactly what he’s bringing to the Browns organization.

Just 12 hours after Cleveland had selected Manziel in the first-round of the 2014 draft, the team sold more than 1,500 new season tickets.

If that stat wasn’t enough to impress you, then how about this: Since being selected by Cleveland, the Johnny Manziel Browns jersey has been the hottest selling item on NFLShop.com.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has brought a level of excitement to Cleveland that the city hasn’t seen since the Cavaliers drafted future NBA super-star Lebron James in 2003.

“Johnny Football” will now battle Brian Hoyer for the Browns starting quarterback position this offseason.

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for all your major NFL News!

Rangers vs. Penguins Game 7 Preview

Rangers vs. Penguins Game 7 Preview

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-1 on Sunday evening, thus forcing tonight’s winner-takes-all game seven.

Martin St. Louis scored game 6’s first goal on Sunday, tipping a puck passed Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury just minutes into the opening period.

The Rangers would add a second-goal shortly thereafter, when Carl Hagelin slipped a backhand shot passed the outstretched Penguins goalie.

Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist posted 36 saves while giving up just one goal in game 6, securing New York with the 3-1 home victory.

New York, who lost games 2, 3 and 4 to Pittsburgh, will now try and complete the unlikely comeback by defeating the Pens in game 7 tonight.

This will mark the seventeenth time that the Rangers have come back to tie a series at 3-3, this after falling behind 3-1 in the opening 4 games.

Unfortunately for New York fans, the Rangers have never won a game 7 in any of their previous 16 attempts in this situation.

Meanwhile, the Penguins will likely lean on superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to get the job done in tonight’s do or die game 7.

Game 7 takes place at 7pm ET live from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Be sure to come watch this win or go home game 7 live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this evening!

Josh Thomson vs. Michael Johnson set for UFC on FOX 12‏

Josh Thomson vs. Michael Johnson set for UFC on FOX 12‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

A key lightweight bout will take place at July’s ‘UFC on FOX 12’ event in San Jose, as UFC officials announced today that former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson will take on Michael “The Menace” Johnson.

Josh Thomson was last seen in action at January’s ‘UFC on FOX 10’ event, where he lost a controversial split-decision to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Prior to that fight, Thomson defeated the always-tough Nate Diaz via TKO in April of 2013.

Meanwhile, Michael Johnson most recently fought at March’s ‘UFC Fight Night’ event in London, where he earned a unanimous decision win over Melvin Guillard. That victory marked Johnson’s third-straight, as he had scored previous wins over Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon respectively.

The UFC on FOX 12 event takes place July 26 live from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. The main card is set to air on FOX, following the prelims which show on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The UFC on FOX 12 card now includes the following contests:

Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Josh Thomson vs. Michael Johnson