The closer we get to fight night, and every angle on the actual fight has been exhausted, this MMA mind starts to tangent.
Most fans agree that Diego Sanchez poses the biggest threat to B.J Penn’s lightweight dominance. And if Penn prevails, fans will be left to wonder, “What is left for the Prodigy to prove in the 155-pound division?”
In victory, Penn will find himself in the same position as Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva—champions without a legitimate No. 1 contender accelerating at them in the rear view mirror.
No offense to Frankie Edgar or Gray Maynard—both are excellent wrestlers who are rounding out their skill set with each subsequent fight.
But will fans really buy that either has a chance of knocking off B.J. Penn any more so then they will pay money for the notion of Dan Hardy dethroning Georges St. Pierre? At least Vitor Belfort has a puncher’s chance.
Let’s assume B.J. Penn beats Diego Sanchez this Saturday night at UFC 107. And let’s further assume Penn reigns over guys like Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard (or Tyson Griffin) in 2010.
Where will B.J. Penn, the greatest lightweight in MMA history, go from there?
Knowing B.J. (or the “old” B.J.) it will be somewhere north of the lightweight division. And this time, he may have the right kind of backing to legitimize such a move.
If you were watching the UFC 107 Countdown Show then you heard one of B.J.’s new trainer’s proclaim that if they had been training him all along, he would be undefeated.
A bold declaration from an elite team of trainers who appear to have taken Penn from prodigy to possible perfection—should we really believe they will be satisfied with having all their hard work be limited to B.J. beating up on the lightweight division?
Head Trainer Steve Marinovich is the poster boy for an overzealous sports parent, pushing his own gifted football kid to the brink, and possibly over it. In Penn, he may have found his prodigal son.
Back to the tangent at hand: How many wins will B.J. Penn have to compile before his need for a rematch with St. Pierre reignites?
And will he be granted another immediate title shot, or will he have to start from scratch in the welterweight division…the same kind of “scratch” Diego Sanchez had to start with in route to his title shot.
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