MMA  > General MMA  > UFC on Fox 3: BJ Penn Returns to LW; Facing NATE Diaz
January 6, 2012, 03:48 AM
Nothing official (and I apologize for the misleading title).

It's just my prediction.

BJ sent out a random tweet today calling NICK a coward for apparently holding the fence during their fight to tire out the "smaller man".

I think that tweet is a lot more than random sour grapes.
I think BJ is angling for a return bout at LW against the little brother (on UFC on Fox 3?).


It's a win-win for the UFC.
Good storylines to hype up: BJ's return, both guys back at their natural weight after facing some adversity at WW, the Diaz brother connection, etc...
If BJ wins, he's back on the scene having beaten a credible opponent (who's coming off a big win over Cerrone).
If Nate beats BJ, it gives the Diaz brothers some mainstream exposure.



Thoughts?

Is this just the weed talking? (meaning mine...not BJ's, Nick's, or Nate's).

Is Nate the right opponent for BJ right now? Or is there a better opponent out there?

This will help introduce the Diaz brothers to a wider audience
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January 6, 2012  12:25 PM ET

BJ should retire or stop standing and show us some of the amazing BJJ. Nate has been doing nothing but advancing. He looked a LOT like his brother against Cowboy, and I had Cowboy picked for that fight. Nate's star is rising. Beating BJ at this point in his career is not a step up.

Edgar vs Henderson, I pick Edgar. Unless they get Melendez or Ayoki in UFC they have no reason but to get Nate in that mix and either fight Hendo or Maynard again.

January 6, 2012  12:57 PM ET
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BJ should retire or stop standing and show us some of the amazing BJJ. Nate has been doing nothing but advancing. He looked a LOT like his brother against Cowboy, and I had Cowboy picked for that fight. Nate's star is rising. Beating BJ at this point in his career is not a step up. Edgar vs Henderson, I pick Edgar. Unless they get Melendez or Ayoki in UFC they have no reason but to get Nate in that mix and either fight Hendo or Maynard again.

Yeah, Nate looked awesome against Cowboy. Time and time again he and his brother blow through more technical, powerful, and/or diverse strikers than themselves with their strange, yet effective slap boxing.

In the Penn vs Nick fight, I thought that BJ would be able to get off first, use his snappy jab to pick Nick apart and avoid the slower punches in bunches of Diaz. And for the first round he did just that. Nick is just so good at dragging fights out, eventually you get drowned by the overwhelming number of punches.

Like a guy with shotgun with 18 shells fighting off an army of zombies, you can survive for a while, but the numbers will eventually swallow you up.

I think that Bendo will win that fight, though I wouldn't be surprised if Frankie wins. I would like to see how Nate would do against those guys, being that they are both good offensive wrestlers with tight top control, and good sound boxing.

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January 6, 2012  01:14 PM ET
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Penn should be fighting at LW, these guys he's fighting at WW are just way bigger than him. In the pic BJ tweeted with himself and Nick, BJ looked like he was Nick's little son he was so tiny.

I would like to see BJ apply himself to a real weight cut and fight at 145. He has always been a guy who didn't cut any weight at 155, comes into WW a fat 162 or so, he could easily be a featherweight.

I would like to see him get a final push at FW. Let him have a 3 fight retirement tour at 145, two challengers and then a title shot, let him retire after that no matter what.

January 6, 2012  01:25 PM ET
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Oh and Penn actually used is jitz in the fight vs Fitch and Diaz. He just gassed and at that point couldn't work for takedowns. When you gas, you're not going to start grappling.

If you're a guy who is extremely comfortable on the ground you will.

I bet that I guy like Renzo or Royler Gracie could grapple for HOURS and not tire. Their body is so geared toward that activity, they know when to relax, when to explode, ext.

The economy of movement on the ground is huge, and that is something I think that BJ has.

January 6, 2012  01:29 PM ET

BJ's last 5 fights were 1-3-1. thats not a great record. He is a building block of mma and will always be a legend. I like him at 155 as well. Problem is with his age and dedication, seeing the BJ that destroyed Florian and Sherk and Stevenson and Diego, may be long gone. The reason I say BJ is not a step up for Nate is because of BJ's last 5 fights. He is def a notch in Nates belt, but thats about it.

If he goes to 155, I think the guys at the top will throw him a beating.

January 6, 2012  01:30 PM ET
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Oh and Penn actually used is jitz in the fight vs Fitch and Diaz. He just gassed and at that point couldn't work for takedowns. When you gas, you're not going to start grappling.

Complete opposite for me. If im tired I wanna grapple get a bit of a rest, feel the other guy and work for a takedown.

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January 6, 2012  02:17 PM ET
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If you're gassed there is no way you can execute a takedown, unless you're fighting a corpse.

umm wrong. if you have ever hear The Natural speak, you would see that you use another guys body weight for a takedown. Same concept as Judo.

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January 6, 2012  02:21 PM ET
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Thats a simplistic way of looking at it. Take a guy like Gilbert Melendez. What would his record be if he fought Edgar 2 times, Hughes, Fitch, and Diaz?

um, Gilbert is 20-2. I think he would beat Edgar 50% of the time, he would beat Hughes, I dont think he has fought at 170 for Fitch, and he would never fight Diaz because they train tgether and Im sure he has an answer for the slap boxing.
Melendez is better than Penn Now. Melendez now, and Penn in prime thats a damn good fight.

And stop with the UFC is the greatest and has all the greatest fighters. You only compare melendez to penn because Melendez is not in your coveted UFC.

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January 6, 2012  02:27 PM ET
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1st off Penn did beat Edgar in the 1st fight.2nd, I didn't ask you if Gil would fight Nick, I know they are in the same camp, I asked you if Gil could beat Nick and the answer is now. I asked you if Gil could beat Fitch and the answer is no. So lets try this again, what would Gil's record be in those 5 fights?

whn did BJ beat Edgar??

 
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