Penn wins by default, not by merritt.
Yeah Diego's fight against Clay was a split decision but we also have retarded judges. Diego flat out beat the fuck out of Clay in that fight, and yes I think Diego is just as good of a fighter as Maynard is. Maynard would be able to do nothing against Penn imo he is too slow and relied on his wrestling for many of his fights. Plus, Edgar also has a loss to Maynard.
Yes Edgar beat Sherk but that was a pretty competitive fight whereas BJ utterly destroyed Sherk.
out of the names listed i have to go with baby j. When he dropped down to 155 he choked out pulver, choked out a bloody stevenson, had the famous "Sean Sherk your dead" speech, then landed one of the dirtiest flying knees to put sean sherk out, beat up kenflo, and outclassed diego. I dont remember anyone to burst into a division like he did and the way he did.
With all of that said, hes not untouchable as the "GOAT of the LW division"
At this point, Penn has accomplished more than anyone on the list. He may be eclipsed in time, but he's a better fighter than anyone else has illustrated at this point.
And I'm trying to go by actual accomplishmts, not my own personal opinion. Notice how I never once mentioned how close both Bendo fights were for Edgar? Alot of people thought he won, both of them, but he lost, just like Bj did.
And I 100% disagree that Diego is just as good of a LW as Maynard, but to each their own.
Penn dominating his fights is the strongest argument he's got IMO, not his opponents.
Yeah Edgar beat Penn twice. Even Superman had his kryptonite. Penn holds two wins over Matt Hughes but I would still rank Hughes higher on the alltime WW list. The exclamation point for Penn at lightweight is his resume, longevity and his performance. Due to the evolution of the sport, Edgar may have faced slightly stiffer competition during his run. I'm not going to hold that against Penn. BJ pretty much fought only the best of his era and obliterated most of them. Every title fight Frankie has had has been a struggle where his heart has willed him to victory, draw or narrow defeat. Finishes and dominate performances I believe are a premium criteria in this discussion. I think that's what Penn edges Edgar out with.
It was far, far more competitive than Penn-Sherk any way you look at it.
and Lefthook how is it biased that I Think Guida-Sanchez wasn't as close as Edgar-Penn 1 LOL!
Guida took a complete beating in that fight...got rocked with huge uppercuts in the opening seconds of the fight, almost got killed with a headkick, and was even taking more damage when he took Diego down via elbows from the bottom.
Yet since it was for some reason a split decision, it isn't as impressive as Maynard laying on Kenflo for 3 rounds.
Penn-Edgar was WAY closer.
and I will never go strictly by paper accomplishments, it's just not me. I'll always dig deeper into the fights to pull more out of them instead of just the end result, with as contreversial and untelling as those can be at times.