BJ Penn gained a lot of confidence working out with Matt Hughes ahead of UFC 127

Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, BJ Penn has revealed that he’s gained a lot of confidence heading into his UFC 127 main event bout with Jon Fitch later this month in Sydney, Australia after working with former rival and last opponent, Matt Hughes.

Penn, speaking via Heavy.com, said:

“I was talking to Matt’s boxing trainer, Matt Pena, and we were talking back-and-forth. He was kind of talking to me about Fitch and what he likes Fitch to do. I guess he’s kind of studied Fitch over the years. After a while I said, you know what, just give me Matt’s number. I think it would be a good idea to have Matt (Hughes) come down and train with me.”

“I texted Matt a few times, and I didn’t know what kind of response I was going to get. He texted later and Matt ended up saying, you know what, I’m in. I had a great time training with Matt. It really upped my confidence.”

“I definitely think that was the best training partner I could have had for this fight. I know he isn’t exactly like Fitch as far as height as far as boxing and kickboxing goes, but on the one area that Fitch always pushes his opponents, grinding them out and pushing them against the fence and taking them down, Matt really pushed me in those areas. I gained a lot of confidence working out with Matt.”

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