Posted by BIGKAT
Posted by Pitbull09
I have been arguing this but it seems like a dead reason in the forums. It makes sense that GSP at 170 is going to beat a guy whos best at 155. Its similar to saying Anderson Silva would destroy Fedor at HW. It would be completely different for him cause its not a natural weight
If Penn wins, he will learn this division is to big for him when he fights Alves
Yea, there was no way Royce Gracie could beat 3-4 fighters a night that were all larger than him.
And, I dont know about you, but I've never worried about whether a guy was in my weight class should a fight break out.... I've seen first hand that it doesnt matter how big someone is when they get blasted in the mouth,
Size isn't as important as you might think... anyone who has watched UFC since the beginning should know that by now. BJ is by far and away a better all around fighter than GSP, regardless of size, and it'll be proven soon
This argument has a big logical loophole and I've been hearing it a lot lately, so I'm going to debunk it.
Modern MMA is not comparable to the first UFC events. There were 350 pound sumo wrestlers, dudes punching each other in the nuts, pulling hair, and coming into the ring with single boxing gloves taped to their hands in the earliest events. You can't take that and compare it to the best fighters at the peak of their game in modern MMA.
Size doesn't matter when there is a distinct skill gap between the fighters, but when the fighters are at an incredibly similar skill level, smaller differences become massively important. The same way that an olympic swimmer will shave all of the hair off of their body and wear a swim cap to make themselves more aerodynamic to shave 0.01 seconds off of their overall time. Well if they're racing you it really doesn't matter, but when they're racing people who are just as good as them, every minuscule difference becomes a large one and that 0.01 can easily make the difference between gold and silver.
The same logic applies to fighting. Yes GSP and BJ Penn can beat the shit out of any random 240 pound man you might find at a gym, but does that mean that they have an equal chance to beat Fedor? This argument essentially alleges that weight classes make no difference.
In this fight I don't think it will be a huge difference, but it will make a difference and since both fighters are so good, that could easily be enough to give GSP the edge. It means that GSP can push the pace harder than a smaller fighter would be able to. BJ will have to expend a greater amount of energy to stuff his takedowns, eat and dodge his shots, and to control him on the ground. He also isn't bulky enough that he trades speed for his size, he still moves as fast as any lightweight.