Is GSP Still a Better Pound-for-Pound Fighter Than BJ Penn?

Jessy MorrisAnalyst IDecember 13, 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)
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When talking about the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, the same names always top everybody's list. BJ Penn, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Fedor Emelianenko are on top of the food chain in MMA as far as pound for pound rankings go.

Everybody will disagree with the order, but it's not really about that. Last night at UFC 107, "The Prodigy" BJ Penn defeated arguably the second best lightweight in the UFC and made it look easy.

St-Pierre, Penn, and Silva have this crazy ability to make their opponents look like amateurs in the octagon, even if their opponents are former champions and great fighters.

Most fans would be ready to rank Georges St-Pierre ahead of BJ Penn in the pound for pound rankings but after last night, I question that. At UFC 107, BJ Penn may have officially cleaned up the UFC lightweight division; not because he beat everybody there was to beat, but simply because who can even come close to competing at his level?

At this point, fighters like Gray Maynard, Frankie Edgar, and any top ranked lightweight can't touch BJ at 155. It would be like sending a soldier into a fight you know he can't win.

Still, fans would probably all agree that GSP is a better pound-for-pound fighter. My question to you is, why?

BJ and Georges have fought twice so far. Both times Georges St-Pierre's hand was raised in victory. I would think this is the reason GSP is considered a better pound for pound fighter. Let's not forget that BJ Penn is a natural 155 pound fighter, not 170 and that's why he loss to GSP.

The way I look at pound for pound is, if both fighters were the same size and weight, who has the better MMA skills; who would win?

Georges St-Pierre is a phenomenal fighter, has awesome cardio, a lot of heart, and the best takedowns in MMA. GSP is also much bigger and stronger then BJ Penn; that's why BJ isn't able to do anything against GSP.

If both guys were natural 170-pound fighters, who would win the fight? BJ has better boxing, better BJJ. Georges would still have better takedowns but would probably have a much harder time taking BJ down. There's also the fact that BJ has finished every top fighter at lightweight while GSP hasn't.

BJ also has a new philosophy on fighting and has been training harder then ever. He already has much better cardio then when he fought GSP the second time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not ready to see Georges St-Pierre vs BJ Penn 3, this is not what it's about.

Looking at all this, I now ask you, who is a better pound for pound fighter between Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn?