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Old 12-13-2009, 07:21 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Any official word on this?

I'm not making excuses for his performance against BJ or anything, I'll admit, BJ put on an awesome picture perfect fight, but let's be realistic, if your fighting injured, it's not a fair fight. I know Diego was getting over a staph infection a while back, could be complications from that, or something else, which I highly suspect because the Diego last night was not the same intense furious fighter we have all know him as..

Really bummed out because I was hoping for the Best BJ and the Best Diego to go toe to toe, that would have been an epic fight worthy of remembrance for the ages..
Seeing your fighter get completely dominated is definitely hard to digest for a lot of fans. The thing is, BJ makes most fighters look like they are 4th graders especially at LW. He did it to Stevenson, Florian and Sherk. He's really on another level at 155. That's what made it it appear as though Diego wasn't himself.
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:39 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Diego was confident, he was looking at BJ like he wanted to kill him, and screamd "YES!". The fact is, when you get rocked multiple times in the first round and have absolutely no success whatsoever, your confidence starts to drop quite a bit.
This. Diego seemed perfectly fine at the begining of the fight until his face got destroyed by BJ's boxing. He got rocked so hard that all of that confidence and mental build up just fell out of him.


Also, that fight could've easily been stopped right there. I actually think it should've been lol. Not only to save Diego's face (literally and emotionally), but because he got put out at least twice in that flurry.
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:09 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Diego was 100% just like Nog was against Mir, I don't like lame excuses like that.
I think the fight could have been different if Diego hadn't been caught so badly in 1st round, I think that made him too gunshy which resulted into dumb new game plan which did nothing good either. Not saying Diego would have won if he hadn't been caught as that sounds dumb, but I think BJ broke him in 1st when the "indestructable Diego" realized he can actually take damage too.

That or the guy behind Diego's game plan needs to be fired...
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:18 PM   #24 (permalink)
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You are absolutely right. Diego wasn't 100%.

Diego came into the fight 100% shouting his usual madman ways.

Then, he got punched in the face really hard and even his mean face died down. Then he was somewhere below 100% the rest of the night.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:12 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Any official word on this?

I'm not making excuses for his performance against BJ or anything, I'll admit, BJ put on an awesome picture perfect fight, but let's be realistic, if your fighting injured, it's not a fair fight. I know Diego was getting over a staph infection a while back, could be complications from that, or something else, which I highly suspect because the Diego last night was not the same intense furious fighter we have all know him as..

Really bummed out because I was hoping for the Best BJ and the Best Diego to go toe to toe, that would have been an epic fight worthy of remembrance for the ages..
There was nothing wrong with Diego and you know it. If you remember, he was the fast paced furious fighter, for half of the 1st round anyway. Remember, he rushed in, like he always does and he got hurt. So him not being furious and attacking was the only way for him to survive and he knew it. It had nothing to do with injuries, staph infection, herpes, whatever. No significant injury, he just isn't on BJ's level and he realized it the second he rushed in during the first round.

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:46 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure that Diego was 100%, or at least close to it. I think that there are some other factors that contributed to the outcome of that fight.

1) Talent and abilities: Honestly, from the beginning I didn't think Diego stood much of a chance. BJ's boxing is outstanding, and it has been for a very long time, and I heard he's pretty good at Jiu-Jitsu as well, but that's just what I heard.

2) Gameplan: Ok, I got it. GSP was able to push BJ against the cage, wear him out, and take him down. We all saw that. But GSP is a big, strong, athletic welterweight. Let me help out the rest of the LW division that might someday fight BJ Penn. Unless you come into the Octagon at about 180-195 lbs of rip, you're not going to be able to do that to Penn. It didn't work for Florian, and damn sure didn't work for Diego. Stop using that plan, unless of course you're GSP.

3) Experience: This was Diego's first championship fight, whereas it was BJ's 9th fight for a UFC belt, of which he was won 5 fights.

4) Oh yeah, I almost forgot, BJ Penn is a f**king monster at Lightweight.

In summary, an outmatched, less experienced fighter with a piss poor gameplan fighting BJ Penn at Lightweight will probably get destroyed much like Diego did. Can't argue with it. It's just science. Very, very scientific.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:49 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Diego as most fighters look great when they have all the answers. Diego had nothing against BJ so he looked lost and he was lost. He had nothing against KOS and did nothing. I did not see the Fitch fight but soon after he moved down to light weight. BJ at 155 looks unstoppable and I don't see anybody on the horizon.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:56 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure that Diego was 100%, or at least close to it. I think that there are some other factors that contributed to the outcome of that fight.

1) Talent and abilities: Honestly, from the beginning I didn't think Diego stood much of a chance. BJ's boxing is outstanding, and it has been for a very long time, and I heard he's pretty good at Jiu-Jitsu as well, but that's just what I heard.

2) Gameplan: Ok, I got it. GSP was able to push BJ against the cage, wear him out, and take him down. We all saw that. But GSP is a big, strong, athletic welterweight. Let me help out the rest of the LW division that might someday fight BJ Penn. Unless you come into the Octagon at about 180-195 lbs of rip, you're not going to be able to do that to Penn. It didn't work for Florian, and damn sure didn't work for Diego. Stop using that plan, unless of course you're GSP.

3) Experience: This was Diego's first championship fight, whereas it was BJ's 9th fight for a UFC belt, of which he was won 5 fights.

4) Oh yeah, I almost forgot, BJ Penn is a f**king monster at Lightweight.

In summary, an outmatched, less experienced fighter with a piss poor gameplan fighting BJ Penn at Lightweight will probably get destroyed much like Diego did. Can't argue with it. It's just science. Very, very scientific.
BJ's gas tank has been talked about often. Here is the nut of the problem. His natural fighting weight is 155. Well at 170 BJ is actually just a fatter fighter. He did not build muscle mass nor did he stay in that division long enough to get accustomed to that weight. So a fat BJ trying to muscle around a GREAT champion like GSP. Easy to see why he ran out of gas. BJ would do well at 170 but he would have to build solid muscle, train and stay at 170 to compete with GSP.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:32 PM   #29 (permalink)
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No excuses, Diego was 100 percent and BJ was too. Everyone will say that they dont think Sanchez was at his best because he has never been beaten that badly before, but he hasnt ever faced a fighter with the skill set of BJ Penn before either. This is a dumb thread and your opinion is garbage because even Diego admitted he was just not the better fighter. It had nothing to do with not being completely healthy or anything.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:46 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Diego was 110% going into that fight. I saw him at Mission Bay 3 weeks ago and he was confident that BJ was never going to "keep up with [his] pace"....which of course turned out to be false

yes, Diego played it smart...rather than do his bullrush, speedbag punching style.

During the 1st round (before he got dropped) everyone was saying "Oh look at Diego, he is baiting BJ..the minute BJ comes into his reach, BJ is gonna get KO'ed!!"

I knew Diego wasnt gonna attack BJ...The Nightmare may take risks, but he's not stupid
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