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Seems pretty quick for Penn to fight so soon but I guess better for him since he's still in shape Ihttp://www.sherdog.com/news/news.asp?n_id=8155

Post #1   7/4/07 5:59:22AM   

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its gonna be a good match up,and a very tough fight for both

hope BJ pulls it off

Post #2   7/4/07 6:20:56AM   

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BJ Penn by sub round 2

Diego is gona get overwhelmed by BJ's BJJ..if he can even take BJ down.

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I see Penn boxing him up and choking him with a gogo

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Post #4   7/4/07 6:39:32AM   

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Yeah i think Penn is going to have a pretty easy time. If it stays standing then Penn is going to outstrike him and if somehow Diego gets it to the ground then BJ will be able to at the very least defend anything Diego has on the ground.

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This fight should be real interesting. You have total opposite fighter especially with their mentality. BJ is always calm and collectted and diego relies on his intensity. Should be great. This is the beginning of the return to the top for BJ. Really looks like he may have reinvented himself.

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sanchez by g n p in round 2

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Much too close to call in my opinion. Diego will struggle to take BJ down, I think they are pretty much equal on their feet, with Diego having the better GnP, BJ with the better submission set. Probably the best possible match up in the division at the moment.

Something tells me this will see Fitch waiting even longer for a shot, but i'm not going to weep due to the prospects of this fight.

Post #8   7/4/07 9:24:10AM   

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BJ is stupid if this report is true. He has a title shot at 155, and he is going to give up to fight the 5th ranked UFC WW. I am a huge BJ fan, but I don't want to see him fight at WW. I would love to see him claim the LW belt then move up to WW.

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Posted by nate22

Diego will struggle to take BJ down, I think they are pretty much equal on their feet, with Diego having the better GnP, BJ with the better submission set. Probably the best possible match up in the division at the moment.


I agree, mostly. However, I think BJ's standup is light-years ahead of Diego's. Penn was the first person to ever beat up GSP and, unlike Serra, there's really no grounds for calling it a fluke. If Diego had BJ's standup, he would have defeated Koscheck pretty easily.

Diego has better GnP, but that's only because BJ doesn't use GnP to finish people, he uses it set up a submission. I see Diego losing this matchup in every phase: Standup, Clinch, Takedowns, Grappling.

If Diego is "the old Diego", he'll be the more aggressive fighter and has a chance to put BJ on the defensive and take the initiative; and if BJ is "the old BJ", Diego will have the edge in stamina, and a long fight will favor him and he could win a Decision.

Diego's only realistic chance to win is to do what GSP did, only without getting his ass kicked in the first round: Press the attack, take the fight to the ground, hope that his submission defense is up to the job, use his wrestling to win takedowns and keep position, use his superior conditioning to wear BJ down, and get the Decision. Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!

However, if Diego hasn't rediscovered The Fire and fights like he fought Koscheck, BJ will push him around and beat him up like he beat up GSP; and if BJ has improved his conditioning, a long fight will actually help him, if only by virtue of giving him more time to end the fight with a submission.

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This match is going to be incredible, Deigo Sanchez has a similiar game to Matt Hughes who in which BJ arguably has beaten 2 times (1 for sure and he gased out in the third when he was winning) so that might wear out BJ Penn. I think Deigo can get him down and Ground and Pound him but I think when Deigo goes for a punch BJ will lock in a armbar and tap Deigo.
This is stupid on UFC's terms because they need to rise Deigo back up to populairity, and he is already at one loss, why make him have back to back losses.
Stupid..

But i hope Deigo tears the crap out of BJ.

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Achilles, when I have spread my props, there's some coming back to you for a brilliant post.

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BJ, if he remains in the condition we just saw him in, will dominate this fight with ease, Diego will have no answer and suffer his second loss.

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its gonna be a tough fight for both of them but if BJ doesnt mess up he will pull it off

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Posted by Northrend

BJ Penn by sub round 2

Diego is gona get overwhelmed by BJ's BJJ..if he can even take BJ down.



This will be Diego's biggest problem. His bread and butter is his GnP. Can't really utilize that if you can't take the guy down.

I'm thinking this one will go the distance with Penn dominating standup and groundwork will be even (Diego is no slouch on the ground)

The only way I see Diego winning is hoping Penn loses energy by round three and Diego picks up the tempo. But I doubt that will happen.

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