IIRC it was Penn who called out GSP, not the other way around.
Plus Penn has fought at WW previously/often enough. GSP hasn't fought at MW, I don't think? (but this point is secondary IMO)
Anyway, my feeling is it's OK to call out guys above your division, not below, unless the lower guy 1) has a history with you, or 2) voluntarily fights in your class in the first place.
Extremely irrelevant. The point is they fought and GSP welcomed the fight with open arms. Also Penn didnt really call him out...it was hyped up by the UFC and Penn agreed to it because he wants to fight everyone.
Secondly the fact that Penn fought at WW means very little...he fought at LHW and MW...actually multiple fights at MW too...that doesnt mean it would've been appropriate for Rampage or Anderson to call him out.
The point is the size disparity between Penn and GSP is larger than Silva and GSP...yet GSP doesn't seem to catch flack for beating a career < .500 WW.
Thanks for stating the obvious. Now explain why he's scared to fight a good bigger fighter? He already fights mediocre bigger fighters at 205. Why duck the good ones?
Your logic is absolutely hilarious.
Yes fighters should be reflected upon POORLY because they fight guys 40 lbs above where they started their career as an adult...including a dude one fight away from being a world champion.
It can't be viewed as just an additional achievement that confirms his greatness...we must look upon it negatively because he didn't continue to be the best LHWs in the world.
You see that Dan Henderson guy? So what if he's beaten two of the top 3 HWs of all time while starting his career at Middleweight(technically 192 but go with it) ? WHY HASNT HE FOUGHT CAIN!?? WHY HASNT HE FOUGHT JDS!?!?
What a hypocrite ducker.