I was mentioning yesterday that it would be interesting to see what BJ Penn would do with the clout he got from beating Jens Pulver. Well, it looks like Dana White is offering him the lightweight title … if he wants it. While many sites are reporting that Penn *will* face the winner of Sherk/Franca for the LW belt, Dana White only said it was a possibility. The reason it’s not a lock? Most likely because BJ Penn has said over and over that he’s not planning on sticking around at lightweight.
If Penn turns down this title shot, it’s a classic example of him being a stubborn idiot. At welterweight he’s just another guy in the mix, one who’s been beaten by two of the top contenders already. And while a third match with Matt Hughes would probably result in a victory for Penn, I’m not so sure Penn could get by guys like Georges St Pierre and Karo Parisyan. Fuck, even Matt Serra is a potentially troublesome matchup for Penn.
There’s no denying Penn would be the biggest name at lightweight if he stayed. I also don’t see anyone in the division right now who could beat him on paper. And perhaps that’s the problem … Penn isn’t interested in a free ride or an easy belt. He wants the welterweight belt he left behind last time. For a guy who already has money and fame, I guess it’s not really that hard to understand.
Another episode of the Low Blow is comin’ at ya, warp speed. In this fine episode we dish on the Strikeforce and Ultimate Fighter finale shows. We also touch on the Kimbo Slice / Ray Mercer fight and why you shouldn’t drop an oven. With all the MMA madness going around this weekend, the show ran a bit long … this episode clocks in at 40 minutes of pure retardation. I have no idea what the fuck is going on with the Talkshoe applet to the right … maybe it’s displaying the new episode or maybe it’s not. Regardless, you can click below to download this bitch right onto your hard drive. Just do it.
Mike Jarsulic from MMATorch.com takes EliteXC commentator Jay Glazer to task for trash talking the guys who tapped out during the show:
In the opening match of the pay-per-view broadcast, Glazer ran down Victor Valenzuela when he criticized him for tapping out to a heel hook. He explained, doing his best Bas Rutten impersonation, that the heel hook is only a painful hold and cannot do much damage. It’s too bad that Glazer got his leg locks shuffled somewhere inside his head, since a heel hook is actually a very dangerous lock. A lot of Jiu-Jitsu schools have banned the use of the heel hook in training because there is a high probability of injury to the knee from the hold. The real danger of the heel hook lies in the fact that the pain in manageable to most until serious damage occurs.
The real burn comes later though:
Hopefully, someone at Showtime with realize that Jay Glazer’s ineptitude is both bad for their product and the sport of mixed martial arts. He is nothing more than a failed MMA fighter that has some experience doing sideline reports for the NFL. As a color commentator, he comes across as insecure with his place in mixed martial arts as Marlon Sims did on this season’s Ultimate Fighter. On a final note, both Glazer and Sims have lost by submission before. There’s nothing wrong with tapping out, unless you are a hypocrite about it.
Over the past two months I’ve heard people say the award for “TUF Fighter who Blew it The Worst” should go to Andy Wang or Gabe Ruediger. People have such short memories. TUF4 middleweight winner Travis Lutter is a phenomenal talent who managed to not only fuck up a title shot but his entire UFC career. He’s also probably the unconcious reason why Dana White goes apeshit every time a fighter doesn’t make weight. After the dude fucked up his shot at UFC67, I don’t think many people were expecting to see him back. But word is he’s coming back against UFC newb Ryan Jensen.
But don’t think this means Dana White has forgiven and forgotten. The fact that Lutter is facing a UFC virgin means this fight will most likely be a prelim match. It wouldn’t surprise me if this booking is just about fulfilling the UFC’s contractual obligations as slowly and quietly as possible, so they can then ditch Lutter and forget about him.
(Above: Takada bangs the PRIDE drum … literally. Below: Takada bangs the PRIDE drum … metaphorically.)
Vice president of PRIDE Nobuhiko Takada says PRIDE will return in October. Dana White says that ain’t happening. Takada has a history of making bogus announcements. Dana White has a history of lying about things that are obviously going to happen. Who’s telling the truth? Who’s lying? What the fuck is going on? I blame this whole confusing situation on Zach Arnold. If he hadn’t destroyed PRIDE with his hateful reporting, none of this would be happening in the first place.