Who Can Pose Any Threat To B.J. Penn's Throne?

Joseph S.Contributor IAugust 17, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:   Lightweight champion BJ Penn (R) battles Kenny Florian during their lightweight championship title bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Who Could Actually Pose Any Sort Of Threat To B.J. Penn's Thrown?

After witnessing how B.J. Penn basically dominated Kenny Florian at UFC 101 I can't help but wonder who in the Lightweight division has a actual shot at beating this guy. He's already beaten Sean Sherk and Joe "Daddy" Stevenson fairly easily...So seriously can anyone in the lightweight division beat this guy anytime soon? 

Well my answer to that question is yes.

Now you might be thinking... Who can beat him then? Well my answer to that is probably the answer most people are already thinking of as they are reading this article so far: Diego "The Nightmare" Sanchez.

The UFC has basically already confirmed that Diego will be getting the next shot at the Lightweight title, and honestly I think right now he has a better shot at actually beating B.J. Penn than anyone else in the Lightweight division currently does. 

After watching Diego Sanchez pull off a impressive win over Clay Guida I think that Diego showed how truly complete of a fighter he has become. He has great BJJ and as pretty much anyone who watched the first season of The Ultimate Fighter knows, Diego is also a great wrestler. So he is pretty much as well rounded as they come in the fighting business. 

The other thing that everyone has to also take into account is the fact that Diego Sanchez came down to 155 from 170, where he was also pretty successful. He only had two losses at 170 and one of them was a decision loss to Jon Fitch and I think everyone can agree that's nothing to be ashamed of. Especially since Fitch is without a doubt one of the top 5 fighters in the 170 pound division.

His only other loss at 170 was to Josh Koshcheck, but as many people know Diego was very sick going into that fight due to a staff infection. Either way though that loss is nothing to be ashamed of either because Koshcheck is pretty much without a doubt a top 10 fighter in the 170 pound division.

But the main question still remains, can Diego really beat B.J Penn when push comes to shove? My answer is that I think he could possibly be the guy to do it. I think he has a much better shot at beating Penn than any other challenger to date has had so far. But that's just my opinion on the matter. Either way though its for sure a fight I can't wait to see happen in the 155 pound division.