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BJ Penn, King of the 1st round?

Posted 01-20-2008 at 08:47 PM by plazzman
In the course of BJ Penn's career, we have all made this claim one time or another. We all knew BJ was notorious at gassing in the later rounds, but what we didn't recognize was that before he fades away, BJ is the King of the 1st round.

What does this mean you ask? Well if you look at all of BJ's fights he has really taken the fight to his opponants, most noteably in the first round.

He is fast, has vicsious striking and is a menace on the ground. He has tooled the best of the best in the first round of his fights.

He subbed Matt Hughes, messed up GSP, gave Hughes a world of trouble, destroyed Pulver, and absolutley MAULED Stevenson, all in the first round. BJ Penn is arguably the best at taking it to his opponants in the business. While many are hesitant, or still feeling their way out, BJ is certainly the best at taking the fight straight out' the gate.

He also has one of the fastest ground games, while many take their time to work in subs and get better position, BJ has the ability to latch onto you, pound you with BRUTAL shots and sink in the sub, before his opponants can even get a feel of the Octagon.

Well what does this really say about BJ Penn? Alot of people say he sucks, is overrated and gasses easily, but alot of people also say he is the best LW, top 5 P4P and one of the most talented fighters ever to grace the octagon.

I honostly do not think there is anyone else that gets to work as fast as BJ. You can make the claim for the old Vitor Belfot, Mirko, or A. Silva, but the fact is, these guys are strikers and it is much easier to maul your opponant with punches, BJ on the other hand incorporates striking, and ground work in the same time frame as these guys.

What the first round of BJ's fights represents is the validation of the latter. BJ Penn is infact one of the most talented, vicsious, top fighters to ever grace the Octagon. However it's a shame that we only see his full potential in the first 5 minutes, when we should really see it throughout the whole fight, because I believe this is what has truely cost BJ from solidifying all the claim, and silencing his critics.

Now I dont mean to rant about the obvious, Im sure alot of you very well know that this is indeed the case with BJ, but I finally realized this last night when I saw what BJ did to Joe Daddy.

BJ definitely needs to up his cardio and heart because I finally believe that he will be one of the greatest fighters to ever fight in MMA in the very near future. I'll admit, I used to be his biggest critic, and I had my reasons, but I now know that a focused BJ, as we saw last night, will hold onto that crown for as long as HE wants.
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Could Mirko make it back in K-1?

Posted 01-11-2008 at 07:56 PM by plazzman
The man many have hailed as the most frightening striker in all of MMA hasn't been so frightening recently, in fact, I haven't shivered in my boots in a while.

Mirko Crocop was touted as devastating and incredible in his striking when he first made the transition to MMA. His opponents just didn't know what to do with him. He had a perfect sprawl, incredibly fast reaction, good TDD and a left leg that many never saw coming, before it was too late. Right Leg Hospital, Left Leg Cemetary was indeed correct at one point.

For a long time he had perfected the art of blind-siding his opponents with his high kicks or left straights and sending them to the mat, but soon many began to study his style and work their way around his phenomenal striking abilities. They began working their take-downs better, keeping him grounded and circling their way around his left kicks. And then to top it off, he made his way into the Octagon, where now opponents would no longer be trapped by the ring corner and circle and back pedal their way around him.

He is also now in an environment where a couple of takedowns and scored points can win you the round, or even the fight.

With this, one wonders, with such a prolific yet dwindling MMA career, would it be wise to move back to K-1?

Now before you call Mirko a coward for giving up after 2 losses, let's look at it like this, sure he's only lost twice so far, but how long can his game plan of stalking and looking for the LHK take him? He has surely lost his fire and doesnt look motivated enough to really grab the HW division by the balls like he could have a year ago. Fighters are getting smarter and smarter and they will surely be watching all of his fights and learning to take advantage of Mirko's weaknesses, so before its too late, and before he loses any more, should he take his trade somewhere where its much easier to apply? This isn't about Mirko dipping as soon as the going got tough, it's just about him making the right career choices.

When Mirko was in K-1 (96-22) he compiled a 16-5 record with 10 KO's. He was right behind Aerts as the man with the most devastating high kick. Also, back when Mirko fought in K-1, the competition was MUCH tougher than today, with the likes of Hoost, Le Banner, Aerts, Bonjasky, Hug, and Hunt to name a few.

But when you look at today's K-1, its a whole different scene. You have an aging Aerts, Le Banner and Bonjasky, and uninterested champ in Schilt, and many relatively new comers in Feitosa, Arrab, Hari, and Choi. Look at the most recent World GP, it was no where near the caliber of those 5-8 years ago.

K-1's talent pool isn't as deep as it once was when Mirko fought, so IMO I don;t think it would be too hard for him to win a couple at the moment.

So when you think about it, wouldn't it just be better for Mirko to go back to what he was really best in? Wouldn't it be better for him to just avoid that whole ground-game business and stick to striking?

Now I'm not 100% sure of how things will turn out, but I for one really enjoyed watching Mirko kick fools heads off and I would really like to see him express his striking abilities some more before he retires, which I believe will be soon if he loses again. And also believe that we won't get to see much more of his striking as the cage makes it difficult, and also because of the amount of high-caliber fighters who would be more than willing to take him down. Mirko has lost his passion for MMA, can he get his love back for K-1 like once before, or should he just pack his bags and retire altogether?

But yeah, Id really like to see Mirko back in it, with the old fire back in him and ready to put dudes to sleep, and I think K-1 would be his best medium.
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"And this is coming from a ___ fan".. SHUT UP!

Posted 12-10-2007 at 06:14 PM by plazzman
Yeah you all know, when someone is talking about how a fighter was getting beat, but to cover their ass they automatically say, "Person A really sucked last night, and believe me, this is coming from a person A nut-hugger"

We get it, your critisizing a fighter, you dont have to cover your ass and say you like them to avoid people calling you biased.

I saw it after the Shogun/Forrest Fight, saw it after Crocop fight, and been seeing it after Guida/Huerta fight.

Be a man and state your opinion, be unbiased, and analyze something properly, if you can back your shit up, theres no need to cover your ass.

just thought Id vent in this superscrumtelascent blog thingy.
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