BJ "The Vampire" Penn
I became a BJ Penn fan after watching Matt Hughes/Penn II. Watching Penn stuff Hughes' takedown attempts with almost comic flexibility, and then taking Hughes's back, was mesmerizing to watch.
But after BJ Penn vs. Sherk, I stopped being a fan. And simply watched his antics with a disdain I now only hold for WWE performers.
It's one thing to hype a fight by saying you're going to lick your opponent's blood, but to actually DO it, while your beaten opponent is on the ground, and unconscious, with security surrounding him, is just plain disgraceful.
And then there's BJ Penn refusing to release a rear naked choke on Jens Pulver on TUF.
As brutal as MMA is, it is still a hybrid martial art form, and this entails respecting one's opponent, rather than humiliating them.
Has anyone else's views on BJ Penn changed as a result of his antics?