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Who’s The Quitter Now? UFC 94 Thoughts And Commentary

Despite pushing the idea that opponent Georges St. Pierre would lose their highly anticipated rematch because he was a “quitter” who could therefore be broken once more, it was BJ Penn who called it quits on Saturday night after absorbing an absolute shellacking at the hands of the man they call “Rush.” You can argue that it was Penn’s corner who specifically called a stop to the contest, but the fact remains that BJ could have waved off his brother’s advice and continued into the fifth and final round. He made no such effort to fight the call. He was battered and destroyed. So, who’s the quitter now?

Even though he got worked over like a red headed stepchild for the majority of the bout, “The Prodigy” has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of in only his fifth career loss. BJ Penn truly has a gift that only a handful of people on the planet will ever be blessed with, but even with such natural talent he was undeniably in over his head trying to combat the size, strength, speed, endurance, and sheer aggressiveness of Georges St. Pierre. To Penn’s further credit, it is extremely difficult to realistically envision anyone at this stage putting a stop to GSP’s dominance. Perhaps Thiago Alves, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Honestly, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little bit worried that BJ Penn will become discouraged from this loss and grow disenchanted with the MMA game yet again. My hope is that Penn accepts that GSP is simply the better welterweight fighter, and comes back with some renewed fire to continue wreaking havoc in the lightweight order. But you can never really tell where BJ Penn’s head is. Hey, if I had a beautiful sandy beach just outside my living room I might get discouraged from a fighting career as well.

And I almost forgot, if you were wondering if I thought there was any significance to Penn’s latest Vaseline accusation, my answer is a resounding no. Could there have been too much Vaseline on St. Pierre’s back? Absolutely, and from what I hear there probably was despite the commission rubbing a portion of it off. But I look at their first fight and see St. Pierre working the exact same positions with Penn still unable to mount any offense from his back. Not to mention the additional “back greasing” would have had no bearing on GSP’s boxing and takedown domination. Personally, I think GSP could have worn long-sleeve under armor and Penn still wouldn’t have been able to secure anything better from the bottom.

But we have to acknowledge that GSP’s corner did technically go afoul and should have known better than to pull something like that in such a high profile fight. We don’t need any asterisks or question marks after what should be a definitive victory, but I don’t think any of those typographical symbols will be necessary after viewing the fight for the third time now. Sorry BJ, but you got legitimately outclassed and methodically beaten. It happens. Please take your aggression out on Kenny Florian at your earliest convenience.

Moving on…

I understand its standard for a fighter to raise their hands after a thoroughly contested bout, but who did Nate Diaz think he was fooling hoisting his fists after every round? Am I the only one who thought that was kind of ridiculous? Its not like he took any round convincingly (in my opinion.)

Clay Guida might only have tenacity and wrestling on his side, but it seems to be more than enough against what I would consider very solid competition in Nate Diaz. It’s likely he will never become our lightweight champion, but it’s also easy to see why someone like Guida always has a home in the UFC. Now if he would only work on that boxing…

Keep in mind this sentiment comes from a big Karo Parisyan fan, but in my opinion Karo lost or at best tied his contest with fellow judoka Dong Hyun Kim. I’ve re-watched the fight in the light of day and I still wouldn’t score more than one round for Karo, who apparently preferred to use a Modell’s discount mouthpiece. What the heck was that about?

While were on Parisyan, why is it he was not granted the customary quickie Joe Rogan chat after that razor thin decision? Was there just not enough time on the broadcast to squeeze that in? In the words of G.O.B. “come on!”

Say that Stephan Bonnar has never been a world beater, but Jon Jones looked like a beast in only his second UFC bout against very game and much more seasoned opposition. Jon Jones is obviously a more unconventional fighter and maybe should play it a bit safer in the future (see Faber vs. Brown for an example), but the man has undeniably well versed skill and infinite potential. If he can figure out how to keep the gas tank full then 2009 will be very good to “Bones.”

Lyoto Machida surprised me.

I admit, I have never been terribly pleased that Lyoto Machida racked up so many UFC victories via a drawn out decision. But Machida really pushed back hard against Thiago Silva and I am officially impressed that he went in for the kill and ended things definitively. I may never enjoy the “elusiveness” of Machida, but the man deserves the title shot regardless of how he goes about earning it. Because honestly, I wouldn’t want to fight the guy. Not on his worst day.

Unrelated Note*

Saturday night started off a little hectic for me. An evil bartender wrongfully informed me that their bar would be showing the UFC pay-per-view just as they always had in the past. Once 10:01 came around I asked a different barkeep why the fight hadn’t been turned on the televisions yet (they were still showing the Flyers losing effort) and low and behold, he tells me they didn’t order the fight. So I pounded my beer and got the hell out as fast as I could. Short on time and unable to drive (I was already drinking quite a bit) I ran back to my girlfriend’s apartment and ordered the event at 4:22 of the first round of Diaz vs. Guida. So screw you, uninformed blonde bartender bitch. You just lost yourself a customer.

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