Originally Posted by 5 Rounds
One thing that everyone is forgetting is that Bj got the call to fight Hughes pretty close to the fight. GSP backed out about 2 months before the fight leaving Bj with a reduced time to train hard. I thought bj looked a bit smaller than he did for his first encounter with Hughes, and Hughes looked like he was on steroids for this fight.
I'm not sure if you can bring your cardio to Matt's level in the time the UFC gave Bj to train for this fight but Bj is younger and if you give the proper time for a guy like Bj to fixate on his championship fight, will bring Hughes to school once again. 1 all folks!
BJ has been in the sport long enough and should be in shape enough to go at least 3 rounds. It's not like he was gone from the sport for the last 3 years and wasn't training. It's like saying a football player who doesn't normally start and the starter gets hurt but it's OK for the reserve to only be able to play 2 of the 4 quarters because he didn't have enough time to train for 4 quarters.
Gassing out in this sport in the first 3 rounds isn't an excuse, its poor training. IMHO.