During BJ Penn’s recent video blog, Penn explains that he is disappointed that that the UFC had him say “I will beat Nick Diaz,” during the shoot of the UFC Countdown. Penn says he does not want to come off disrespectful to his former training partner, Diaz. Further, Penn says he sympathizes with Diaz as he says he was also turned into the bad guy when fighting St-Pierre.
“They had to come back to film the Nick Diaz countdown. One thing that was a trip about that whole thing was that, I got a lot of respect for Diaz, I’ve trained with him, that whole thing… they forced me to say, at the end of the whole thing, they forced me to say… ‘You gotta say Nick Diaz’s name now, you gotta say his name.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ They were like, ‘Say you’re going to beat Nick Diaz. Say you’re going to beat Nick Diaz.’ And I said, ‘I’m going to beat Nick Diaz.’ I wish … I would have said my hand is going to be raised; at UFC 137 my hand is going to be raised. I don’t know if they’re going to come back and try to show Nick Diaz that, I don’t know what’s going on with that.”
Is the UFC wrong to have Penn say some lines? Or is Penn blowing the situation out of proportion over harmless promoting of the upcoming fight?