I think its moreso an example of how crappy Penn's coaching and training staff is moreso than anything else. He's been bringing in quality people like Hughes, but its not enough.
BJ lost twice to Frankie Edgar.
At some point, he realizes he should have gone balls to the walls against Edgar & that it would be his best chance to win.
Based on that, BJ and his planning / strategy camp think... "Oh, the answer must be to go balls to the wall against Jon Fitch".
Its a gameplan that makes as much sense as Jose Aldo trying to overpower and outwrestle Brock Lesnar.
AKA -- VERY DUMB IDEA.
Yet due to the low quality of Penn's staff, none of them seem to realize why its a bad idea to try that approach against someone who has a size and weight advantage.
Ditto with the way Penn tried to finish the fight. He needed to pick his spots and use the right tool for the job like Anderson Silva does. When there's an opening for a kick, Silva kicks. He does a flying knee when there's a perfect opportunity for one. He lets circumstances dictate what he does and looks for the perfect opportunity to execute.
Penn tried to force the finish and went for a RNC when maybe it would have been better to go for GnP or something else.
He tried to force a flying knee when Fitch was too far away from him.
He had a bad gameplan and made a lot of fundamental errors.
You're right in that it shows how things have evolved. BJ might have gotten away with making those types of mistakes in the past. But, these days its harder and harder to get away with things..
Last edited by Trix; 02-27-2011 at 06:51 AM.