I have noticed a lot of people actually supporting Diego Sanchez in his bout tonight with BJ Penn. Obviously, more are supporting the Prodigy but who could blame them? He is the #1 LW fighter in the world of MMA. He has not been beaten since his return to the UFC in the 155 pound weight class, and has looked dominating in his victories thus far.
It's a shame his title reign will end tonight. Why? A few reasons, and here I will go into detail.
The only time BJ Penn has ever faced someone with intensity similar to Diego, he lost. Georges St. Pierre destroyed him. Look for Diego Sanchez to have a similar gameplan.
2. Better standup
- Don't hate, its true. BJ Penn has good standup, I'm not neglecting that, but I don't think it is as good as Diego's. He does not have as much power in his punches, and isn't as quick. Diego Sanchez throws FAST. If this fight stays standing, BJ Penn will lose.
3. Better wrestling
- BJ Penn has world class BJJ, but his wrestling ability is not as good as Diego's either. The Nightmare has very good wrestling, and I understand he was outwrestled by Jon Fitch and Koscheck, but that was at 170 and has nothing to do with BJ Penn. Since stepping down to LW, Diego looks like a different fighter.
4. More heart
- This is based on opinion only, but I have the right to my own opinion and it's just how I feel about the matter. Diego has expressed time and time again how badly he wants this win, and all BJ Penn can talk about is how he loves to fight. It's almost as if Diego Sanchez lives and breathes because of fighting, and BJ Penn does it for fun. I'm not saying doing it for fun is a bad thing either, I'm simply just comparing the two and basing my opinion on it.
- Diego Sanchez has very good defense. To my knowledge he has never been finished in a fight. And you will say that he has never faced an opponent with the level of BJJ like he will against Penn, but HE HAS! If you can remember correctly, he faced Nick Diaz on TUF finale and WON THE FIGHT. Nick Diaz is on the SAME LEVEL as BJ Penn when it comes to submissions, you're ignorant if you disagree.
Diego Sanchez will be BJ Penn's NIGHTMARE
P.S. Hope you enjoyed my reasoning, this was not intended to put down BJ Penn in any way, it's just my opinion on why I think he will lose the fight.