B.J. Penn: "I'm going to be the bigger man" at UFC 84

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CantAndleDaRiddum
5/15/08 11:56:02PM
With one of the year's most-highly anticipated match-ups a little more than a week away, it should be of little surprise to anyone that the always-confident B.J. Penn (12-4-1, 7-3-1 UFC) feels sure he will walk away from his UFC lightweight title bout with ex-champ Sean Sherk (32-2-1, 4-2 UFC) victorious.

What may be surprising is how "The Prodigy" feels he will defeat "The Muscle Shark" -- by putting Sherk on his back.

Penn discussed the upcoming main-event bout of "UFC 84: Ill Will" while a guest on Thursday's edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a content partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

"I'll be able to put Sean Sherk on his back, and from there pass his guard, mount him, and start beating on him," Penn said.

A hallmark of Sherk's career has been the ability to utilize superior strength, wrestling and conditioning to control his opponents on the mat, and ground-and-pound his way to victory. The Hilo, Hawaii native doesn't believe that will be the case in this title bout.

"I definitely feel that I'm going to be the bigger man when we step in to the ring," Penn said. "I feel I'm going to be a stronger man also. ... I'm not going to let him hold me down and do his thing where he tries to rabbit punch [me] to death."http://mmajunkie.com/news/4351/b-j-penn-im-going-to-be-the-bigger-man-at-ufc-84.mma



WAR BJ!
Twenty20Dollars
5/16/08 12:08:26AM
i dont think so haaah. bj is getting put on his back. i love how this fight has got so hyped up, its great!
RMFG_187
5/16/08 12:34:03AM
im gonna win an av bet, im gonna win an av bet.

BJ is goin down.

Sherk by UD!
MMAcca
5/16/08 12:43:15AM
BJ thinks he's going to be the bigger man ? Does he mean that literally i wonder.......
ChokeUout
5/16/08 12:53:34AM
If both fighters play to their own strengths, I think it's a pick 'em fight. Personally I take Sherk by UD.

But If BJ is serious about trying to out-muscle sherk and take him down, he's gonna lose, big time. I know BJ has improved his conditioning, but all that took was to stop eating Big Macs and Ding-Dongs. I still think Sherk is more conditioned and pushed a much faster pace than BJ. So if BJ is the one trying to take down sherk (which I don't think he can do), he's gonna blow that much more energy. He'd be better off to stay calm, keep the fight standing (where I think he has the advantage) and if he gets taken down, use his BJJ skills to reverse or submit sherk. But if he tries to "be the BIGGER man" against Sherk, a gigantic 155 pounder, he's doomed.

Keep in mind BJ might just be saying this to throw sherk off. But if that really IS BJ's plan, it's a stupid one, and he's gonna lose.
grappler0000
5/16/08 1:04:55AM

Posted by ChokeUout

If both fighters play to their own strengths, I think it's a pick 'em fight. Personally I take Sherk by UD.

But If BJ is serious about trying to out-muscle sherk and take him down, he's gonna lose, big time. I know BJ has improved his conditioning, but all that took was to stop eating Big Macs and Ding-Dongs. I still think Sherk is more conditioned and pushed a much faster pace than BJ. So if BJ is the one trying to take down sherk (which I don't think he can do), he's gonna blow that much more energy. He'd be better off to stay calm, keep the fight standing (where I think he has the advantage) and if he gets taken down, use his BJJ skills to reverse or submit sherk. But if he tries to "be the BIGGER man" against Sherk, a gigantic 155 pounder, he's doomed.

Keep in mind BJ might just be saying this to throw sherk off. But if that really IS BJ's plan, it's a stupid one, and he's gonna lose.



BJ will put him on his back, but he won't be shooting...Sherk will. Sherk will not want to stand with BJ for too long, or he'll be in trouble. When Sherk shoots in, he'll only get one leg, BJ will gain control, and he'll secure the takedown. BJ will pass guard, gain mount, and start throwing leather. Sherk will not like getting punched in the face and give up his back. Penn by RNC. Penn's conditioning will not come into play, as the fight won't go the distance.
Pookie
5/16/08 1:58:09AM
Bingo, i guess alot of people here dont realize how vulnerable sherk is going to be on his back and how incredibly hard its going to be to take down bj.
89vision
5/16/08 2:05:29AM
whats the point of arguing with sherk fans (AKA penn haters) once hes beaten sherk then they will just bandwagons saying hes #1
chubbud22
5/16/08 2:37:22AM

Posted by RMFG_187

im gonna win an av bet, im gonna win an av bet.

BJ is goin down.

Sherk by UD!


You are going to lose an Avatar bet


War BJ
Near07
5/16/08 3:47:51AM
I am actually a bit surprised that people think Bj will loose, Sherk isn't going to be the same fighter he was. Bj will stop Sherk early, tko or sub either way he will win. Bj will dominate the lightweights for a while!! It will be a good night of fights!!
jgtribbett
5/16/08 6:48:46AM
i think bj will hiti him enough to take away the conditioningandcontrol sherk has
whardin19
5/16/08 7:52:01AM
After reading this article I think BJ is the one that's on drugs. He's going to put Sherk on his back? This guys got to be kidding! I mean seriously Sherk is a freak of nature. BJ better stop stirring this pot. Sherk is gonna be the one putting BJ on his back not the other way around. I see Sherk taking BJ down everytime he can. Sherk by UD.
D0wnUnd6e6r
5/16/08 7:56:39AM

Posted by whardin19

After reading this article I think BJ is the one that's on drugs. He's going to put Sherk on his back? This guys got to be kidding! I mean seriously Sherk is a freak of nature. BJ better stop stirring this pot. Sherk is gonna be the one putting BJ on his back not the other way around. I see Sherk taking BJ down everytime he can. Sherk by UD.



Did u just watch sherk's "caveman" training? is that why you sound so confident sherk's gonna take it? Sherk's gonna come out banging early then will go for a shoot, shoot again, then again and again. Penn's gonna pick him apart until he decides to choke sherk out. I honestly don't see Roidy McRoider getting past the 2nd
taporsnap26
5/16/08 8:19:46AM
the only chance sherk has of winning is if he survives the first two rounds. i know, i know, bj says his cardio is so good now. truth is, he could have doubled his cardio and he would still gas hard in the second round. if sherk can somehow last two rounds, he's got a good chance of winning via gnp, like hughes. all that being said, i really want bj to win.
browneye
5/16/08 9:26:08AM
Bj will win by submission but lets say Sherk does pull off a win it will be a decision win and thats it. if it goes to the ground Sherk is done for
DevonFoxy
5/16/08 9:36:50AM
I don't know sounds like alot of people didn't read this article and just commented on it if I remember right BJ said he was going to put him on his back with a punch. Meaning hes going to knock him down and jump on top of him.

If any one thinks Sherk has better stand up than BJ they have a problem and if they think Sherk is going to take down BJ at will ask GSP(who many claim to have the best wrestling in mma) and Hughes(who is a great wreslter) who could not take BJ down in the first round and BJ will be swinging to kill Sherk when he can't take him down due to being the most flexible person in MMA.

Personally I don't see this fight going long I see it going kinda like the Joe Stevenson fight with Sherk going down early due to a strike and it being all BJ from there.
scpd400
5/16/08 10:16:33AM
If BJ loses it will be a lucky shot. Everyone knows or should know BJ is the better fighter and well rounded. He has the whole package. BJ wins submission in the third round
GlancyMMA
5/16/08 10:17:49AM
I'm totally seeing the same fight.... BJ swinging hard, dropping Sherk, and wrapping around him like the BJJ phemom he is.... I think BJ will GnP Sherk for a bit but first sign of trouble.... BJ defaults to submission.

BJ submission round 2.
rameydl8
5/16/08 11:19:58AM
ummmmm...........i dont think its gonna be as easy for penn to put sherk on his back as he thinks it is......hes a strong wrestler with alot of power...but who knows what could happen...this is mma
89vision
5/16/08 6:57:05PM

Posted by DevonFoxy

I don't know sounds like alot of people didn't read this article and just commented on it if I remember right BJ said he was going to put him on his back with a punch. Meaning hes going to knock him down and jump on top of him.

If any one thinks Sherk has better stand up than BJ they have a problem and if they think Sherk is going to take down BJ at will ask GSP(who many claim to have the best wrestling in mma) and Hughes(who is a great wreslter) who could not take BJ down in the first round and BJ will be swinging to kill Sherk when he can't take him down due to being the most flexible person in MMA.

Personally I don't see this fight going long I see it going kinda like the Joe Stevenson fight with Sherk going down early due to a strike and it being all BJ from there.



good post, i also think joe would beat sherk
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