By Guilherme Cruz
Photo Josh Hedges
Responsible for Jiu_Jitsu trainings of BJ Penn since 1999, Renato “Charuto” Veríssimo is confident for the next fight of the Hawaiian, trying to recover his lightweight belt of UFC against his tormentor Fankie Edgar, on UFC 118. “When the athlete looses, he always brings an extra willingness to make a good comeback… Everything makes us believe the result will be better this time”, predicts the black belt, who commented about the reinforcement brought by Bibiano Fernandes and Robinho Moura on BJ trainings and a lot more.
How are BJ Penn trainings going?
Fine, he’s healthy now. On his last fight, he had some healthy issues, but now he’s cool. He’s training a lot and there are wome guys like Bibiano (Fernandes) and Robinho (Róbson Moura) coming to stay here for a while and help his training. He’s fine, cool and, like I said, healthy. Everything makes us believe the result will be better this time.
BJ has always defended his belt and now he gets in this fight as the challenger. How is his motivation for this new combat?
When the athlete looses, he always brings an extra willingness to make a good comeback. Usually when you have the belts and only has to defend it, you lose you excitement because there’s no bigger goal, so now he’s fine. As I said, he’s healthy now, has a good state of mind, is doing a lot of ground training, and it’ll be very important for his fight, so let’s see. Everything is going just fine.
The ground training is very hard now with Bibiano and Robinho, right?
The guys are enjoying coming here and do this training here in Hawaii, the place is the best on earth to train, in my opinion. The trainings are great, is very good to have people from their caliber training here, that was what he needed and there are other guys coming two weeks from now, so, if that what God wants, he’ll be ready for this fight not only on the Jiu-Jitsu, but in all areas of MMA.
What are your expectations for this second fight between him and Frankie Edgar?
Let’s see. If he catches the guy on the third round with a rear naked choke, don’t be surprised (laughs).