Jon Fitch: 'If BJ Penn doesn't have the cardio to keep up with my pace, there's no way he's going to last'

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"I'm extremely hard to finish and I have a huge gas tank and historically that's a big problem for B.J. Penn. If he doesn't have the cardio to keep up with my pace, there's no way he's going to last. If I went out there and tried to match BJ's timing, or match BJ's speed, it would never happen. And a lot of guys fall into that trap. It's more about setting your pace and dictating the action, dictating what's going on in the fight. That way you're not reacting to things, you're making the faster guy react to you. If you're good enough you can set traps, make them react the wrong way."

Perennial welterweight contender Jon Fitch, who may be one big win away from challenging for the 170-pound title (again), talks about the type of performance we can expect in his UFC 127 main event against BJ Penn on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia. Will the former lightweight champion and revitalized welterweight wilt under the pressure of the former Purdue University wrestler? Or will "The Prodigy" 2.0 do what only one fighter has been able to accomplish in 26 fights and finish Jon Fitch?

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