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BJ Penn: Lazy, or stupid?

Everyone has been going on about the new and improved BJ Penn, but usually when people rage about the new it’s because the old just wasn’t up to snuff. This isn’t exactly a fair assessment for BJ Penn, who’s only lost four times in his career to top tier talent. It’s not like the old BJ Penn was ‘bad’ … I guess it’s just when people have been hailing you as the Jesus Christ of MMA, there’s certain expectations to live up to. And if since 2001 you haven’t exactly set the world on fire by holding and defending a major title … yeah, you get the point.

The general excuse people give for BJ Penn is that he’s a lazy motherfucker, but I prefer to say that he’s just made a lot of dumb mistakes. Ditching the UFC welterweight title after winning it? Dumb mistake. Refusing to fight at a more sensical 155 when he returned to the UFC? Dumb mistake. Not spending 6 months explaining to people that he didn’t gas during his last Matt Hughes fight? Dumb mistake.

So now people think he’s a lazy motherfucker, instead of just thinking he’s dumb. Which is too bad, because I’d rather people thought I had something wrong with my head than my heart. Regardless, in both scenarios there is a need for a ‘new’ BJ Penn. People keep asking if he’s been working hard at the gym when daily videos from and 1001 pictures show that he has been. Too bad no one has bothered to ask if he’s going to stop making stupid mistakes.

  • kentyman

    Man, BJ Penn might be the only subject that we completely disagree on. :)

  • Lifer

    bj penn’s totally gonna kick your ass after he reads this man!

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    Interesting points.

    If he does win this fight do you think it’ll be a decision?

  • frickshun

    I was impressed w/Stevenson against Pellegrino but he’s never faced a guy of BJ’s caliber. I think BJ ends this via sub in rd 2 after he softens Joe up. To back up this claim, I also say that if it gets into the later rounds, Joe’s cardio . . . . . . JUST FUCKING KIDDING. BJ will not lose this fight. And I do think he’ll expose the difference in resume & pedigree.

  • Captain

    Blah blah blah… hindsight is 20/20. If he had come back to the UFC and beaten St. Pierre and Hughes, no one would be saying him not immediately going to 155 was a dumb mistake. If you get your ass kicked by Caplan should we all say it was a dumb mistake for you to agree to fight him in the first place?

  • fightlinker

    Oh, i’ve been saying Penn needed to stick at lightweight forever. I’m a big proponent of hitting the lowest weight class you can … this isn’t 2003 any more … every pound counts and the difference between WW and LW are just huge.

    As for losing to Caplan … haha, yeah no.

  • Jemaleddin

    I think people that count out Joe Stevenson are crazy. Admittedly, his fight career is a veritable “who’s that?” of mixed martial arts. The top fighter on his resume is Jens Pulver who wasted only 38 seconds knocking him out.

    But the dude is 28-7, which is a lot better than BJ’s 11-4-1. Except that 3 of BJ’s losses were above his natural weight class, and that he holds wins over 2 Gracies, Gomi, Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Din, Caol and the aforementioned Jens Pulver.

    Wait a minute, what was my point? That we shouldn’t count out Joe? Screw that. BJ FTW!

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    Jemal… you’re crazy :)

  • MacDaddy

    I agree – if Matt Serra can KO GSP, then Joe Stevenson has a chance against Penn. Stevenson is tough, strong, tenacious, a good wrestler and has enough grappling skills to defend himself on the ground.

    I’m rooting for Penn though, he’s out there representing all us pudgy fighters, he’s like a little, brown jiu jitsu snowman, with his round head and stocky body.

  • Lifer

    im hoping this isnt a 5 round snoozefest. i predict decision anyways. both guys are too tough.

  • Xavier

    Oh shit, BJ Penn is in shape. The fat is gone.

    Damn, I feel bad for Joe now.

  • Jemaleddin

    I’m not sure how much reach Joe is giving up, but it’s 2 inches of height, and B.J. looks like he’s switched from weed to speed. All that talk about Joe’s strength advantage is beginning to sound like bullshit to me. Hell, can you imagine Joe lasting long enough against Lyoto Machida to *lose* a decision?

    Of course, as much shit as I’m talking, I’ve pretty much cursed BJ to lose. Oh well. I’ll enjoy my comeuppance.

  • yenny

    BJ may not have made the best decisions, but that’s life. But ditching the UFC did eventually bring us Penn vs Takanori Gomi, which was an awesome fight.