B.J. Penn has every skill to be a champion—except for heart. And that's a travesty.
The Hawaiian has some of the best boxing in all of mixed martial arts. He throws with accuracy and power and has wobbled most of the opponents he has faced.
His takedown defense and balance are some of the best ever. Georges St. Pierre, Jon Fitch, Matt Hughes and Frankie Edgar have been the only fighters who were able to take down Penn. That's a scary list of wrestlers.
Even if they got the fight to the ground, Penn is a world champion BJJ fighter. He has an incredible top game and submission skills. He has insane flexibility, which has constantly helped him scramble back to his feet throughout his career.
But Penn has shown that he lacks motivation. He has been known to hate training. He refuses to change game plans in the middle of fights. His cardio hasn't always been where it should have been.
And that just won't cut it against the top two guys.