Posted by quezocrema0032
Fans are sooooo shallow. Hes a washed up bum despite going to a draw with at the time the 2nd ranked welterweight in the world Fitch. So by everyones logic Erick Silva should retire since Fitch clearly beat him. Get it together posters
By that argument alone, no, Penn shouldn't retire, but there's other factors and this is an invalid comparison. Silva's young, athletic, relatively injury free, and a physically big guy at WW. A loss to Fitch could motivate him to take his opponents' strengths into consideration, to intelligently gameplan and create opportunities instead of waiting for an opening.
On the other hand, BJ doesn't have anything else to prove. He's beaten some of the best, never been submitted or knocked out cold, and he's not getting any younger. He's also on the smaller side for WW, and while I think he could have some exciting fights at LW, I don't see his skillset as especially problematic for guys like Bendo and Maynard.
Like others I see this going like GSP - Penn 2. Rory's gonna get ahold of Penn and ragdoll him around, laying a beating on him that doesn't quite stop him but leaves no doubt who dominated.
Frankly, win or lose here, if BJ's still motivated to fight, I'd like to see him get to 155 and welcome Gil Melendez to the UFC. Easy to market, introduces the casual fans to one of the best by fighting one of the best of all time, and it helps determine Melendez's real chances in the UFC without giving him a title shot immediately.