i was kind of confused about this as well, but hearing dana talk about how b.j. was willing to fight bendo at 155 just to get another crack at frankie (at whatever weight), it made me feel a lil better. apparently b.j. really wants this fight and in reality, it should be 1-1 instead of frankie being 2 up (same w/ b.j. and gsp, but i digress).
the bottom line is money though. despite a majority on these boards being uninterested, i think the masses will tune in (myself included). they needed two worthy coaches for the next set of guys on tuf and i dont think anyone would disagree that these two are more than worthy.
with all that said...i'm interested.
Don't care about it making sense. Looking forward to it. I really hope that BJ just stays healthy and makes a safe cut down to 145. Sometimes, things aren't supposed to make sense.
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Terrible fight for BJ Penn, worst weight class for him is 145.. The weight cut will be way to much and he will gas after 2 rounds, Edgar Unanimous Decision again, Edgar is just too damn fast and improved for BJ Penn..especially at 145, Edgar's natural weight class.
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It's always speculation until the fight comes, which is all we have for the most part. BJ Penn was/is an immensely talented fighter, and when he was the lightweight champion he was one of the best fighters in the world. But time catches up to everyone, and with his time away from the octagon he has to be declining. Maybe it would be less of a decline if he's kept his skills sharp by training almost every day, but even then I think he loses a step. But I don't know a damn thing when it comes to this.
It'll be interesting to see him try to make weight though.
I'll just remember the glory days when the talent disparity between BJ and tough, tested champions like Hughes (and to some extent Sherk) was laughable. He would just murder anyone he stepped in the cage with, then, (and he mentioned this himself), his wife had his child and BJ lost his will to hurt people.
Him being this driven in coming after this fight has me hopeful, but I'm not going to put much emotional investment in it, at least not yet. I'd love to see him fight like he did against Florian and Sanchez more than anything this side of my own castle in the rockies... and as a fight fan, the intrigue is there.
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