Your damn right there. The guy can't be bothered to cut 5 lbs to make lightweight. Who does he think he is assuming he can beat guys a weight class, maybe even two weight classes above where he should be fighting. Also the fact that he was saying he needs to drop bodyfat to beat Rory, assuming that is enough in this era of MMA is ridiculous.
He doesn't have any high level training partners, he doesn't do any high level strength and conditioning, he has a one dimensional boxing game. You cannot half arse everything and expect to win these days. The top fighters are elite athletes who make training a science and do everything they can to be the best.
BJ could rest on his laurels half a decade ago and still beat everyone not named GSP. But no longer. It just irratates me that we heard all this drivel about his fire being reignited (not the first time this rubbish has been spouted either) only to watch such a horrendous performance.
If BJ wants to be in the greatest ever convo, he needs to drop to 145 and beat Aldo to become the first person ever to win the title in 3 weight classes. He could easily make the weight in my opinion if he is walking around at a soft 160. He just needs to put the effort in.
Apologies for going off on one here. BJ just frustrates me so much by being lazy and doing all the wrong things and being a terrible example to young up and coming fighters. it is such a shame to see my former favourite fighter act and fight the way he is.
Do you realize Penn brought in a stacked group of training partners for this fight? Tryrone Woodley, Josh Thompson, Ben Askren, Jay Heirion and Tarec Saffediene. Thats a pretty decent list of training partners.
I would love to see him drop to FW to because I think he could beat Aldo but its not his style. BJ has always taken the easy road in the gym and the hard road in the cage.
He has never in his career taken a warm up fight. He has never fought a can. Not many fighters can say that and you would be hard pressed to find anybody who competed at that level that long. To put in in perspective Ken Shamrock was still fighting for UFC titles when BJ fought for the LW belt the first time but to even imply there is any justification for cutting him is absurd. You know what last nights LW title fight was on free TV? Cause BJ was the only LW who has ever really sold PPV's, the man is truly an icon of the sport and isn't exactly losing to bums.