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  • 11-22-2010, 11:13 AM
    Dan
    Quote Originally Posted by Rumble View Post
    I'm excited for this fight. BJ had that old "just scrap" mentality back. So good to see him fired up and back to form (mentally) again. Fitch's biggest strengths in this fight will be his size and wrestling. But like DanC said already, BJ's jits could prove to be a real problem for him on the ground. On the feet I would still give the advantage to Penn, despite the size and reach disadvantage. Hopefully Penn can stay motivated and go on a tear from here.

    WAR PENN!!!
    Yeah man, I mean Penn's flexibility means he can quite easily pull rubber guard and do some damage on Fitch from the bottom. It's sure to be an awesome fight just because I can't see Fitch being able to hold down Penn for three rounds, despite the size advantage.
  • 11-22-2010, 12:18 AM
    Rumble
    I'm excited for this fight. BJ had that old "just scrap" mentality back. So good to see him fired up and back to form (mentally) again. Fitch's biggest strengths in this fight will be his size and wrestling. But like DanC said already, BJ's jits could prove to be a real problem for him on the ground. On the feet I would still give the advantage to Penn, despite the size and reach disadvantage. Hopefully Penn can stay motivated and go on a tear from here.

    WAR PENN!!!
  • 11-22-2010, 12:14 AM
    jody
    I hope B.J. stays the course on this.
  • 11-21-2010, 11:37 PM
    kingrobert
    I wouldnt mind seeing this fight. Fitch still has no standup and I could see Bj catching him. Fitch will have a hard time taking BJ down and thats not to metion he has never fought a fight with with the BJJ that BJ has.
  • 11-21-2010, 11:13 PM
    IceCold48
    bj fitch could be good because the main reason he lost to edgar was his speed and because he has fucking phenominal footwork for an MMA fighter. fitch does not have the edge in either of those categories. total toss up in my mind.
  • 11-21-2010, 10:53 PM
    v3xi
    Quote Originally Posted by Otomosix View Post
    You gotta wonder if Dana is using BJ to teach Fitch a lesson. Perhaps hoping to give Fitch a loss so he can diminish any future claims by Fitch to challenge (and block) future #1 contenders for the WW title (assuming GSP continues to hold it).
    So giving Fitch a chance at fighting a legend is teaching him a lesson? I would say it is more of an honor and the way you speak in absolutes of BJ winning is pretty dumb considering BJ has already gotten handled by GSP in wrestling and Fitch is pretty damn good at wrestling too, not to mention he is bigger than Penn.
  • 11-21-2010, 10:37 PM
    Otomosix
    You gotta wonder if Dana is using BJ to teach Fitch a lesson. Perhaps hoping to give Fitch a loss so he can diminish any future claims by Fitch to challenge (and block) future #1 contenders for the WW title (assuming GSP continues to hold it).
  • 11-21-2010, 10:05 PM
    Dan
    Penn/Fitch is going to be a very, very interesting fight for a number of reasons. For one, Penn will pose a big threat to Fitch's "lay and pray" (not my words, but the words of his critics) strategy if he is able to utilize his world class BJJ effectively. His flexibility and skill on the mat will mean that he will stand a good chance of shutting Fitch's passive-aggressive-grappling offense down and force it back to the feet (if we assume that's where he would like to keep it). However, I fear that Fitch could do just enough (in terms of his takedowns and holding dominant positions) to out-point Penn over the three rounds. I'd hate for it to be the case, but I could see it happening.

    We don't want to get ahead of ourselves when we say Penn is 'back' so-to-speak, as we really didn't see enough of him in the cage last night (is 21 seconds really enough to judge Penn by?), but I really like how Dana said this about how Penn looked coming in:
    "When he walked into the octagon tonight, he had that crazy, talking to himself, swearing to himself, hyped up (mentality). He had that energy, and he looked hyped up."
    Whether or not Penn is back with full force is debatable, but it sure was good to see him fired up and looking more like 'himself' again.
  • 11-21-2010, 09:30 PM
    Y2JUBAE
    Can't wait to see the BJ/Fitch fight.
  • 11-21-2010, 08:13 PM
    Sakara=Excitement

    UFC 123's B.J. Penn says final run could end in welterweight division, at 35 year old

    UFC 123's B.J. Penn says final run could end in welterweight division, at 35 year old | MMAjunkie.com

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – With a stunning 21-second knockout of Matt Hughes in their long-awaited rubber match at Saturday's UFC 123 event, former lightweight champ B.J. Penn has become relevant once against at welterweight.

    He knows people have questioned his commitment to the sport, and Penn is determined to put that behind him.

    That's why the 31-year-old wants to make one final run and then call it quits, likely at age 35.

    Penn pounced from the opening bell of the fight, which co-headlined Saturday's UFC 123 event at The Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. He let his hands fly, and though Hughes attempted to do the same, Penn connected first with a right hook. Hughes hit the canvas, and Penn followed with a series of blows to force the swift knockout stoppage.

    "I wanted him to hit me, and I wanted to hit him," said Penn, who moved up a weight class after losing his belt and a rematch to current champ Frankie Edgar earlier this year. "I was just in the mindset to fight like a kid. I got into this to fight, and I know a lot of people have been questioning if I was motivated or I wanted to do this. I really wanted to come out and show everyone my fighting spirit."

    For UFC president Dana White, the performance harkened back to the days of vintage B.J. Penn, the intense and fiery Hawaiian who once ruled the lightweight division with iron fists (and rubber legs).

    When White first pitched Penn on the rubber match with Hughes, he jumped at the opportunity. Now White thinks Penn can make a serious run at welterweight. And as he revealed after UFC 123, White already has pitted Penn (16-7-1 MMA, 12-6-1 UFC) against top contender Jon Fitch (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) at February's UFC 127 event in Australia.

    "I think he looks good at 170 (pounds)," White said of Penn. "When he walked into the octagon tonight, he had that crazy, talking to himself, swearing to himself, hyped up (mentality). He had that energy, and he looked hyped up."

    Still, Penn is taking the win in stride. He knows luck played a small part in it, and he's not about to claim his dominance over one of the sport's true legends.

    "It's just something that happens," Penn said of the victory-sealing punch. "Who knows how it would have played out if it went longer?"

    So what's next for Penn? With a retooled fight camp and the help of traditional Eastern medicine, does he want to stay at 170 pounds? Does he want to return to lightweight at some point?

    "You know what? For the first time in my career, I'm going to let Dana make that call," Penn said. "Whatever Dana says, we'll go with that."

    That left the boss in shock.

    "Holy [expletive]," White gasped.

    But regardless of the weight class, Penn just wants to stay busy. He used to balloon up in weight between fights, and questions about his commitment to the sport usually were justified.

    Recently, though, Penn has remained in year-round camps. To compete at a higher level, his God-given talents are no longer enough, and he learned that in recent years.

    Additionally, he knows his time is limited. So with Fitch and all his future opponents, he wants to line up the fights and cut out the off time.

    "I want to get back in there as soon as possible," he said. "I'm 31 right now. I want to fight a lot more until I'm 35 and then maybe call it quits."

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