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"I know (Jon Fitch) is under pressure, people telling him that he has to finish fights and stuff but I honestly think he’s just going to come out and do the same thing he always does, he’s a grinder and he goes after you and grind you into the ground and I just have to stop all that and turn it around... All these fighters are really, really, really concerned about one thing, winning. And it’s not that I’m not concerned about that, but I’ve been in their shoes for a long time and that’s all I was concerned about too. But more concerned than winning, I want to show everybody my fighting spirit. What happens when I step into the ring, it’s either going to be the best win, best loss or best draw you ever [expletive] saw... It’s just that everybody’s in different places in their lives; he’s looking for title shot, all these people are looking to come up, some people looking to win to keep their job and this and that. I’m just looking to show my fighting spirit."
Former UFC champion BJ Penn is apparently at a "different place in his life" as he heads into his UFC 127 fight against Jon Fitch on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia. "The Prodigy" made a successful return to the 170-pound weight class last November by stiffening Matt Hughes in the first round and now looks to turn the division on its head by eliminating Fitch from the welterweight title hunt. Can the Hawaiian overcome "the grind" and climb the division ladder? Or is he going to get buried in "The Outback?"