"We are rivals I guess, definitely if you would have asked me six years ago if I liked Matt Hughes I would probably have said no but if you asked me now I would probably say that there's not - I mean, I have closer friends, we're not close - but there's not anything I wouldn't do for Matt Hughes if he asked me. Time heals all wounds, time changes things and I have got no animosity towards Matt Hughes whatsoever. What I do have to do is go out and beat the sportsman named Matt Hughes and that's what I am prepared to do."
Well so much for a grudge match. BJ Penn told Fighters Only that his feelings towards Matt Hughes have changed over the years. What once was a bitter rivalry between the two former UFC champions now seems no more. With their trilogy fight set for UFC 123 on November 20 in Detroit, Michigan, "The Prodigy" makes it clear that emotions won't have much of a role in the contest. Penn even goes so far as to say that there isn't anything he wouldn't do for Hughes. Say what? You surprised by these comments? Do you believe that in this case, like BJ states, time heals all wounds?