UFC 123: Fighting Matt Hughes gave BJ Penn 'a reason to live for a few more months'

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Props: Sherdog.com

Quoteworthy:

"I think it's premature to be talking about a title fight. I definitely think Matt has worked his way back up the ranks. My goal is to be the welterweight champ again, and I wouldn't mind being the lightweight champ again, but I’m taking it one step at a time. [I’m comfortable at either] 155 or 170. If I do well against Matt and feel good at welterweight, there's no doubt I’d like to fight best welterweights out there. I haven't done anything drastic. I’ve just been training. I brought in good sparring partners for the fight, and it feels like yesterday when I was fighting at welterweight. I’m just preparing for the legend, preparing for Matt. I just have to keep on going. It's definitely about the fans. I don't worry about losing all my fans. Whatever true fans you've got will stick by you, so that's nothing to worry about. After two losses I would have fought anybody, but it was kind of a gift from Dana to get to fight Matt. I think when you've been where [Matt and I] have been, a lot of other things seem boring. This is what gives me a reason to live. When I got that text [from Dana], I got chicken skin all over my body. I’ve got a reason to live for a few more months."

Let's just hope that with that attitude, "The Prodigy" can find a way to win on Saturday night.

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