UFC 85: BJ Penn Talks about Sean Sherk and Steroids

BJ Penn had a few things to say about Sean Sherk as he prepares for one of the biggest matches of his MMA career.  They will soon be battling for the "true lightweight championship title" as Sherk explained not too long ago when Penn defeated Joe Stevenson  at UFC 80-Rapid Fire. 

Here’s what the Prodigy had to say about Sherk:

“I took a week off, and then I came back and I trained for a
week, and then I trained half of last week, and now I’m back in the gym and I’m
just training full speed…I’m going to go in there and show this man of cardio
what cardio really is…For me, honestly, it’s not personal at all…The man was
cheating. I called him a cheater; then he got all personal. So I think all the
personal stuff is on him. He said this is the first time a fight’s personal and
this and that and whatever. I couldn’t care less. I’m just going to go kick his
ass…How can you sit around saying you’re the champ, say the other guy’s the
fake champ, and you got busted for (steroids)? We knew he was doing ’roids the
whole time, and all this stuff, and about it’s nothing personal, he went and
made it all personal. I was calling a spade, a spade…Everybody has questioned
my heart, questioned my training ethics, this and that, but I never did
something as cowardly as to take any sports enhancement drug…That’s one thing
no one can ever say about me, you know? That I was a coward and took sports
enhancement drugs, because I was afraid I was going to get my ass kicked in
front of millions of people. So anybody out there who said I never had no
heart, at least I wasn’t a coward…To me in this sport, it’s fighting, it’s
mixed martial arts, and I feel there’s too many athletes and not enough
fighters…I think these people going in taking these sports enhancement drugs,
they’re not real fighters, they’re athletes. I’m a fighter. I’m a real fighter.
That’s all I did my whole life…I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, Sean Sherk is doing
something illegal!’ I could care less about that. The guy was cheating, trying
to steal somebody else’s dream, and that’s where it’s just a joke…It does play
a huge factor because they’re cheating and they’re getting more training time,
and they’re stronger, but I don’t think that they’re just using steroids is the
thing…They’re probably pulling their blood out of a refrigerator right before
the fight, blood doping, doing all these other things…Sean’s a great fighter.
He’s done a lot of great things in the past. I’ll never dispute that, and it
will be a great win, whether he’s on steroids or not. It’s a great win to beat
Sean Sherk. It’s going to be sweet beating Sean Sherk on May 24”

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