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 BJPenn.com 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.