"I talked to Freddie Roach about B.J. last week and he told me by far -- he said by far -- B.J. Penn is the best striker he’s ever seen among MMA fighters. And he thinks that if B.J. can get into a striking match with GSP that he would definitely win that."
-- Kevin Iole recently relays the thoughts of famed professional boxing trainer Freddie Roach via "FOX News Fight Game" on the stand up skills of UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn. Roach has recently worked with middleweight champion and aspiring boxer, Anderson Silva, who is widely regarded as the most dangerous all-around striker (not just boxing) in the sport. In addition, he often trains former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski on the finer points of boxing. He, too, is eager to also supplement his mixed martial arts career in the sweet science. In short, Roach's assessment of Penn -- a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt -- should be considered high praise. We'll see what Penn can do on his feet against St. Pierre at UFC 94 on January 31 and how the Canadian will counter the striking of the Hawaiian.