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post Nov 30 2010, 09:19 PM
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His attitude coming in against matt hughes was completely different. he looked like a different fighter even before the fight started. No disrespect to Frankie edgar. I just wonder if BJ cutting to 155 just became to hard at his age. He will be a smaller 170 pd fighter, but personally i think that is where he belongs now. the John Fitch fight will tell us more, alot more.

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post Dec 2 2010, 12:12 AM
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As for which weight class Penn belongs in, I think it is a toss-up. No grown man really belongs at 155lbs. That's the weight of your typical middle schooler. It all comes down to conditioning, which Penn has never really been known for.

Penn has looked good at 155, but realistically he's probably done there. He can't really keep pace with guys like Edgar. At a higher weight he might give up strength and size, but he'll make up for it with technique and relative speed. We'll see.

Fitch is a terrible match-up though. He'll try to dry-hump his way to victory and he may just do it. Penn has good Jits from top position, but he's never shown that he can consistently beat fighters from guard. (The way Big Nog has, for example.) These days he doesn't even seem to want ANYTHING to do with the ground game at all, in fact. He's content to stalk his opponent around the ring looking for one big punch. I hate that shit, as it is a clear sign of laziness.

Penn, like Rampage, needs to get back to being a complete fighter. That's his biggest key. Whether he's a lightweight or welterweight matters little compared to that.
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