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Posts by tag: B.J. Penn

3 years ago

Top Five BJ Penn Greatest UFC Moments & Fights

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The UFC career of BJ Penn has had its ups and downs, but for nine years it was full of ups. Whether Penn truly retires from fighting or not, he will always be remembered for his legendary moments. Today I look back and celebrate five of his all time best.

BJ Penn upsets Matt Hughes to win the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 46

BJ Penn stepped up at a time where nobody wanted to fight Matt Hughes. Hughes was arguably the most dominant fighter of this period, winning 13 straight, and turning away all challengers in the welterweight division. Penn volunteered to move up for the competition and came into the fight as a huge underdog. 4:39 into the fourth round, Penn shocked the world when he beat the unbeatable via rear naked choke and becoming welterweight champion in his division debut.

BJ Penn pummels Sean Sherk at UFC 84 to retain ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz Results – Diaz Retires Penn, GSP vs. Diaz Back On!

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What a crazy month this has been for the UFC, specifically the welterweight division. The once much anticipated Nick Diaz vs. Georges St-Pierre went from on, to off, and is now…back on thanks to a dominating win at UFC 137 by the new welterweight challenger.

Diaz vs. Penn was every bit as exciting as I had hoped it would be. The battle of former training partners started off with a great round for Penn. Penn got the takedown most thought he needed in the first round and kept Diaz on the ground. This was Penn’s best shot at winning so it was no surprise he avoided a stand up war with Diaz. Unfortunately that didn’t ground Diaz for long as once back on their feet it was that stand up battle Penn tried to avoid. Penn won the round but you could feel the tide turn by the end.

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3 years ago

UFC 137: Penn Vs. Diaz Predictions & Analysis

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Good day fight fans, after a long haul of card shuffling the UFC is bringing another event to the Pay Per View airwaves this Saturday night. With Welterweight Champion GSP pulling out with a rare injury, this card has lost it’s original main event several times now. The card is now headlined by a still very intriguing bout between Welterweight boxing specialists and Jiu Jitsu masters BJ Penn and Nick Diaz.

There are a number of intriguing bets on this card and since I’m unfortunately a bit short on time this week, I’m going to focus only on the fights I’m interested in making a play on. For all other fights, I’ll simply offer a small bit of analysis and a fight prediction. As always all betting lines are the best available market lines from BestFightOdds (www.bestfightodds.com)

Preliminary Card (Facebook): Middleweight Bout: Dustin Jacoby (-110) vs. Clifford Starks (+113)

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3 years ago

Georges St-Pierre Injured, Out Of UFC 137

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GSP out of UFC 137The injury bug has bitten the UFC once again. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre injured his knee today and has pulled out of his UFC 137 fight with Carlos Condit. This is just the latest of several card changes to what has turned out to be one of the most cursed main events of the year.

Dana White made the announcement today on Twitter to the surprise of MMA fans and enthusiasts excited to see GSP fight in less than two weeks.

“I just land in NYC and what do I always say!? I have to deal with bad sh*t everyday!! GSP is out with an injury!!! #oneofthosedays” – @DanaWhite

The crushing news comes just eleven days before the scheduled fight. The short notice leaves the UFC without the ability to come up with a new fight ..click here to read more , , , , ,

3 years ago

Nick Diaz In Line For Title Shot With Win Over BJ Penn At UFC 137

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Dana White Nick DiazIt is hard to get punished in the UFC, especially when you are Nick Diaz. Diaz was disciplined for no-showing press conferences by being pulled from the UFC 137 main event. Yet Ironically, he now has an even bigger chance to make more money than he would have made before.

This whole Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz mess is one of the most confusing stories I have ever seen in professional sports. The fight had the potential to not only be the biggest UFC fight of the year, but possibly ever. Yet the fight was canceled when Diaz didn’t show up for two press conferences. As strange as it was to cancel such a blockbuster fight over a meaningless press conference, the follow up has been even stranger.

While White told reporters once the ..click here to read more , , , , ,

3 years ago

Nick Diaz Back On UFC 137 Vs. BJ Penn…Huh?

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Nick Diaz will fight Georges St-Pierre in October at UFC 137Dana White pulled a bold yet questionable move last week when it pulled Nick Diaz from his scheduled fight with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137 after Diaz missed two press conferences. In what has to be an even stranger move, the UFC rebooked Diaz the next day on the same show.

I didn’t agree with it but I understood it when Dana White pulled Diaz from the UFC 137 main event after missing two press conferences. As a fan, I was extremely disappointed. However, I do understand that the UFC needed to prevent Diaz from setting a precedent. Letting Diaz get away with missing the press conferences would allow future fighters to just simply not show up if they didn’t care to do press. I get it, but ..click here to read more , , , ,

3 years ago

Possible Matches For The First UFC on Fox Fight Card

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As Eric reported Monday, news has come out slowly over the weekend that the first UFC on FOX card will feature only two fights in a one-hour broadcast. I’m still not sure that this is the greatest of ideas by the UFC and by FOX, but it does say something about the new broadcast partners. The UFC has competed directly with boxing on a number of occasions, but this time however, the UFC will not go head to head with the Manny Pacquaio vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight. I won’t talk too much about the pros and cons of this idea, instead, let’s focus on the fun stuff, playing fantasy match maker.

There has already been one bout announced for the contest. A featherweight bout pitting rising stars of the division against one another as Dustin “The ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

Jon Fitch Is Irritated & Wants To Hurt Some People

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UFC fighter Jon Fitch told MMACanada.net this week that he is angry at himself, the UFC, Nick Diaz, and just irritated in general. The irony here is that if Fitch fought with this same kind of aggression in the UFC, he probably would be a much more likeable fighter.

Jon Fitch is one of the most polarizing fighters in MMA. There is no denying his skills and the fact that he is one of the best fighters in the sport, arguably the second best overall in his division. Yet Fitch is undefeated in his last six fights and continues to be overlooked in championship fights. Needless to say, Fitch is angry and appears to be done playing Mr. Nice Guy.

For those of you that don’t know Fitch’s story, Fitch fought BJ Penn to a draw in his last fight at UFC 127. Fitch ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

Jon Fitch Out, Carlos Condit In Vs. BJ Penn At UFC 137

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It appears that I was in the minority of UFC fans excited to see a BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch rematch. The rematch is officially off because the UFC felt fans weren’t interested and will now offer up Penn vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 137.

I must say that I am real disappointed in the news. I can’t understand how any fan wouldn’t be interested in seeing BJ Penn vs. Fitch matchup again after their draw. Penn did tire out in the third round but fought an exciting fight for the better part of two rounds. I was even more intrigued with the idea of making the fight a main-event with two additional rounds. How could anyone not be interested in that?

According to Penn on Twitter, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva called the fight off. Penn and Jon Fitch had ..click here to read more , , , ,

3 years ago

Matt Hughes Vs. Diego Sanchez Official For UFC 135

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A long rumored UFC welterweight clash is now official. Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes vs. The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner Diego Sanchez is signed and the UFC will deliver the fight at UFC 135 on September 24.

This is certainly one of the more interesting fights on remaining 2011 UFC calendar. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a must-win fight for either guy. I think that term is thrown out way too often and is just more drama than reality in most cases. But for Diego Sanchez, he will be doing a lot of soul searching if he can’t put away the aging Hughes.

About the only thing that these two warriors have in common other than weight is the fact that they were both recently dominated by former UFC champion BJ Penn (both also have finished Joe Riggs ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

Top 20 Biggest Upsets In MMA History

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I don’t think it gets much more exciting in MMA than seeing a big upset. There is something about seeing an upset that electrifies a live crowd and can put you on the edge of your couch at home in seconds. Today I look back at twenty of the biggest upsets in MMA history.

All of these upsets were based on odds and reputation coming into the fight. Yes, in hindsight years later some of these wins weren’t exactly big upsets after all. However, at the time the handicapping of the fight prior to the event told a much different story. It is hard to believe seeing Tim Sylvia fight today that anyone would consider the loss to Randy Couture an upset, however the MMA community thought much different at the time as an example of what I am talking about.

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3 years ago

Updated – Showtime Reportedly Blocks Nick Diaz vs. GSP Fight

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One week ago it appeared that all worlds were heading towards a Nick Diaz vs. Georges St-Pierre Strikeforce vs. UFC Super Fight. Seven days later it is a dead deal and you can thank Showtime for robbing MMA fans of one of the most anticipated fights of 2011.

MMA reporter Dave Meltzer reported on his podcast over the weekend that Strikeforce’s agreement with Showtime is to blame for the failed Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz falling through. According to Melzter, Showtime was not a big fan of watching one of its biggest MMA draws potentially dismantled by the UFC champion.

For such a big story, I am really surprised it hasn’t gotten any play at all on the major MMA websites at press time. This is bigger than the failed GSP vs. Diaz fight in that it is practically an assurance that ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

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