There is a reason he immediately went for a sub when he took fitch down and its the same reason he stood infront of fitch the whole night rather than imitate frankie edgar and its because......wait for it....those things are physically taxing.BJ penn doesnt have the mentality or cardio to grind fights out he looked for the shortest route to end the fight and still got tired..Has nothing to do with bad gameplans/trainers
Imagine a midget trying to wrestle with a sumo wrestler or Jose Aldo trying to out-wrestle Brock Lesnar. That's what BJ trying to win a wrestling match with Fitch is.
When there are 2 fighters with close to the same skillset wrestling -- the smaller, lighter, guy ALWAYS gets tired first. It has nothing to do with cardio. The smaller fighter expends more energy to maintain or reverse position. That's the reason why lots of people expected Forrest to turn his fight with Franklin into a wrestling match. He would have the advantage and Franklin would get tired, first.
Fitch has spent years developing his style of fighting against the cage and grinding people out on the ground. He knows a lot about playing that game, and it really is his element.
Has BJ spent anywhere near the amount of time or effort fighting in that environment? Hell no. His BJJ is good, but when it comes to blanketing people holding them down and grounding and pounding and fighting against the fence -- that's Fitch's world, not BJ's.
BJ has made the same mistake twice. He fought Edgar in his environment -- in the center of the octagon letting him go in and out. Now, he's fought Fitch in his environment, against the cage in a wrestling match.
So, yeah. BJ and his crew definitely come up with the worst possible gameplans.
They probably still don't understand how Edgar won.
They're not top level trainers and coaches. They just don't have the knowledge.
BJ would be better off if he trained with AKA or somewhere else.