UFC 127: Is B.J. Penn Doomed to Fail Against Jon Fitch?
UFC 127 Main Event Features B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch Matched Up in a Welterweight Bout
There will be no title on the line in tonight's UFC 127 main event, a Welterweight bout between B.J. Penn and Job Fitch. What is on the line, however, is a shot at the title, as the winner will get a chance to nab the Welterweight championship in the near future, most likely against Georges St. Pierre.
Coming into the match between Penn and Fitch, the general consensus is that Penn has his work cut out for him. On the one hand, Fitch is about four inches taller than Penn. On the other is the fact that Fitch's proficiency as a wrestler, as boring to behold as it is, creates problems for Penn, who could be in serious trouble once on the ground.
The last time we saw Penn, he definitely showed that he has the goods to keep a fight from getting to the ground, as he knocked out Matt Hughes in just 21 seconds back in November. Because he can't afford to try and match wits with Fitch in a wrestling match, it makes sense that Penn will come out looking to be aggressive, and a quick knockout is probably his best bet.
But therein lies the problem. Fitch hasn't been knocked out since way back in 2002, and he hasn't knocked anybody out on his own since 2006. He knows how to control tempo, and it's a good bet that he knows what to anticipate from Penn tonight just as well as we do.
In other words, this is just not a good matchup for Penn. He could be headed for the third loss in his last four fights.
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