Five Fights for BJ Penn
Nothing too detailed about this one; it's simply five fights that BJ Penn should pursue. Penn has expressed interest in fighting at 155 and 170 again but he'll first have to rematch Frankie Edgar to get back the Lightweight Title.
I'm an avid BJ Penn fan (don't worry, I like GSP more). I'm a big fan of both Georges and BJ but I'll default to St. Pierre when they've fought simply because I owe it to the fellow Canadian.
But outside of that potential matchup for the third time, (which BJ seems to want... again, foolishly) there's other fights out there for Penn that his fans will want to see.
Here are a few bouts at both weight-classes that Penn might want to outline. If not for personal interest then to force Joe Silva's hand in matching him up with Georges for a third tilt if that's really what he wants (I don't know why he would).
#5. Jake Shields
Shields makes sense for Penn further down the road. If he gets one warmup fight before a shot at GSP, he'll likely have three or four fights under his UFC tenure before meeting Penn. But it is something I'd like to see.
Shields is a big welterweight who can easily fight at 185 pounds, so there would be an obvious size mismatch. The only thing I say to that is is "so what?". If Penn thinks he wants to contend with top-tier welterweights, he should have no problem with it. And I don't think he would anyway. This fight would be a grappling fan's dream.
#4 Gray Maynard
Why? Because I want to see Maynard get punished.
After his fight with Huerta, Maynard stayed away from the belt like it was the plague, saying he could wait before challenging BJ.
Simply, he was terrified because BJ was ripping through anyone and everyone at the time. Anyone who can't see that is insane.
Later, when Edgar was given the title shot, Maynard says he should have received it because he beat Edgar in the past. Then Edgar wins the belt and Maynard is all mouth again, saying he wants a shot at Edgar right away. Essentially meaning "BJ isn't there any more, here's my chance before he gets back"
Throw him in there and let BJ teach him a lesson on why you shouldn't fight terrible fights, duck someone, and then expect good things to happen.
#3. Josh Koscheck
Another win for Penn against a top-tier opponent, another loss for Josh Koscheck. What else could you want?
Josh Koscheck plays a great villain and is a great fighter. But from UFC fans he takes a lot of flack.
This would be a crowd-pleaser because UFC fans like BJ Penn and simply don't really like Koscheck. And I think Koscheck wants it that way. He markets himself well and sells the fight, a great asset for the UFC.
Again this fight is at 170 so Penn could be out-sized. I'd like to see him overcome it.
#2. Thiago Alves
Can you really sit there and tell me, as a fight fan, you wouldn't want to watch this? I wouldn't believe you.
At 170 pounds, this fight would be an absolute monster. Penn vs. Alves would be the ultimate match of skill and size differential. Penn would be much, much smaller against Alves, who is enormous for a welterweight. But again, BJ says he wants fights at 170, he'll have to put up with it. Regardless, I'd love to see this fight happen.
#1. Jose Aldo
Find me someone who doesn't want to see this fight happen.
Both exciting fighters, both up there in the pound for pound ranks.
I get the feeling that WEC and UFC will be merged into one brand under the UFC and this fight would be perfect to pioneer the move. This fight has to happen at 155.