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UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn
Evan Carr

The upcoming rematch between Matt Hughes and BJ Penn should prove to be one of the most personal, exciting matches of the year.
Of course there are those who say it was a fluke the last time, or BJ just got lucky, or Matt just slipped and BJ took advantage of it. Either way, round two should settle the score, and possibly silence some of the critics.
Hughes fans and Penn fans alike can’t deny that this is a match made in Mixed Martial Arts heaven. Sure, Matt has dominated every opponent he’s faced since Penn. But it was Penn that beat him. If any pro-Hughes fan wants to argue that Penn has been out of the UFC, and can’t hang with the champ anymore, watch the GSP fight.
Naturally, both fighters have come a long way since they last threw leather at each other. BJ, content with his belt, left the UFC to fight in less green pastures. Although he wasn’t in the same organization, he was still the same dynamic fighter. He compiled numerous wins over bigger opponents in various circuits, and even won a few more titles. But after his last two fights, BJ’s in need of a win. Matt, however, became a new fighter. Not in terms of style or technique, but in dominance and perseverance. He left the Octagon with a bad taste in his mouth after losing his title. It made him hungrier, and his work ethic and determination caused his training regiment to sky-rocket. He’s successfully defended his title (won back by a first round arm bar to Georges St. Pierre) 3 times, as well as winning 2 non-title bouts. Not to mention the brutal stoppage of the legendary Royce Gracie; which brings me to my next point.
Styles make fights. We’ve all heard it before and for the most part, it’s true. Take Chuck and Babalu, for instance. Chuck being the most devastating knockout artist in the UFC, drastically contrasts the brilliant jiu-jitsu skills of Babalu Sobral. Therefore, in UFC 62 Chuck blasted Babalu in the first round. Chuck’s striking was so superior; Babalu didn’t even have a chance to work his ground game.
Things won’t be so similar in this fight, though. Actually, when comparing techniques and skills, Matt and BJ are fairly similar. That should prove to be an exciting factor in this fight. With Matt primarily focused on big slams followed up by ground and pound, and BJ being a master of jiu-jitsu, we can look forward to a ground war that even Patton would applaud. Don’t expect that to be the only scenario, though. This is an assault from all angles.
We’ve all seen Matt’s fights. Not one of them has ended by a stand up knockout. His opponent, however, has ended many a fight with violent, lightning fast barrages that could be missed in the flash of a camera. That ability, plus his exceptional jiu-jitsu skills, makes him extremely dangerous. Are those too many dimensions for Matt to defend? We’ll see. Matt’s strength is obviously a huge advantage. This is a guy who trained for just two weeks before fighting “The Muscle Shark” Sean Sherk, and dominated him. He says the best defense of technique is strength, and demonstrates that frequently. So it’s quite possible that he’ll foil any of BJ’s submission attempts by simply picking him up, and slamming him on his head. Ask Carlos Newton about that.
Despite both fighter’s advantages and disadvantages, it’s a dead heat. When one weakness is exploited, another strength or skill will be demonstrated to counter it. Once it goes to the ground, both fighters will have equal opportunity to end the fight. But until that happens, look for fast combos from BJ, and big takedown attempts from Matt. Who knows, Matt said in a recent interview that he’s an aspiring knockout artist. So he might come out swinging. If so, this fight has potential to be the most spectacular display of MMA action we’ve ever seen.
With both fighters being such high caliber competitors and mixed martial artists, there’s only one thing to say.
Let the best man win.

That's an article i wrote before 63. What's everyone's favorite MMA website and/or MMA journalist?
 

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Borat Sagdiyev said:
i must ask are you a man who does with another?
not for me i not go looley looley with another khram, but my friend Azamat is looking for male friend for fun sexytime.
Note to self: never read Borat's posts while eating breakfast. Painful extraction of Cheerios from sinus cavity may result.
 

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gracie guy said:
Just who exactly is this Borat guy? I know Ali-G is a european comedian, is this Borat character one too?
Sacha Baron Cohen is the name of the comedian. He's a British satirist. He does characters to the extreme. The three characters he has, at least that I know, are Ali G, Bruno, and Borat. Hard to believe, but all are the same guy.

He's caused a lot of controversy, but that is what a satirist is supposed to do. The guy is brilliant IMO.

Below is an article about the Borat character getting into some legal trouble.
British comic responds to legal threat against 'Borat'
 

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thanks

Thanks for the info and the link, Boo. I never would have guessed Ali-G and Borat were the same guy. Before reading your post, I only knew of Ali-G as a British comedian who made a cameo in a Madonna video. And I knew nothing about Borat. This guy's got guts for doing what he does.
 

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gracie guy said:
Thanks for the info and the link, Boo. I never would have guessed Ali-G and Borat were the same guy. Before reading your post, I only knew of Ali-G as a British comedian who made a cameo in a Madonna video. And I knew nothing about Borat. This guy's got guts for doing what he does.
i think he is scum!!

Dont do drugs.
 

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gracie guy said:
Thanks for the info and the link, Boo. I never would have guessed Ali-G and Borat were the same guy. Before reading your post, I only knew of Ali-G as a British comedian who made a cameo in a Madonna video. And I knew nothing about Borat. This guy's got guts for doing what he does.
Glad to help. I was completely dumbfounded the first time I saw Ali G on something a few years ago. First thing out of my mouth was, who is this idiot? Once I found out it was a character, I appreciated the humor. Still, satire isn't to everyone's taste. I'm guessing Hypergit loves this guy.

Chuck Norris said:
i think he is scum!!

Dont do drugs.
**sigh** I want my forum back.:(
 
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