"If (Diego) were to make exclamations about BJ and pump him up and piss him off, then I don’t think he’d have a very nice fight at all with BJ, I think it would be quick and to the point. BJ’s a great fighter. He hits hard. Honestly, from my fight with him, he’s one of the hardest hitting fighters that I’ve ever felt. His explosiveness and heart is tremendous. I don’t know where he’s thinking (to) jump from me to go against BJ again, where I’m looking to make my point with Diego so I can get another shot at Florian, so then I can fight BJ. There’s a long line in the pecking order before you just jump into something."
UFC lightweight contender Joe Stevenson says that his UFC 95 opponent, Diego Sanchez, shouldn’t be so quick to call out the division’s kingpin, BJ Penn. "Daddy" speaks from personal experience, having been on the receiving end of a rear naked choke that forced blood to squirt out of a gash in his forehead, courtesy of "The Prodigy." Stevenson is also quick to point out that the line for the lightweight belt starts in back, as the division isn’t short of contenders. When asked if he can envision a situation where current #1 contender Kenny Florian would beat Penn for the title, Stevenson said flatly, "No." Ouch. Looks like we’ll find out shortly who climbs up the ladder to be that much closer to a title shot. Stevenson and Sanchez are only a few short hours away from punching each other in the face.