I'm literally laughing my ass off at some of the comments on this forum today. Some of you are so happy BJ lost (understandably if you're not a fan) that your arguments and comments are just dumb. I'm gonna preface this whole MMBB by saying I'm always up for a mature debate, but I won't be responding to dumb comments and name calling today, not in the mood (not from the fight, but from a long night at work). For those who thought this card was weak, I whole heartedly disagree, I found it to be very good, other than the final 13 minutes of the main event. Those saying BJ Penn isn't P4P top 5 or the best LW in the world because he lost are simply not the brightest people in the world. It's his first loss at LW since Jens and he's one of only two men to hold titles in two different weight classes. Yes he lost to Edgar, but in my honest opinion, Edgar isn't even a top 5 LW, which not only makes this loss more embarrassing for BJ, but could be the most embarrassing loss in UFC history.
I said BJ would have a tough night as soon as I saw him lethargically (hanging on Valentino) walking to the cage, Some of you wanna call BS, but why would I lie about that? I play poker almost daily and am good at reading people's demeanor and body language. When Penn took off his warm ups, I noticed a knee brace and a bit of extra fat in his mid section. I am 100% not into excuses, not my thing to make them, so I'm not going to speculate, I'm only going to state what I observed, you can draw your own conclusions by yourselves. My wife also noticed he wasn't too amped for the fight. Usually, BJ is smacking and punching his own face and ready to go. This may seem like no big deal, but anyone that has competed at any level knows that a "routine: is very important. Tito jumps up and down a lot, a basketball player shoots free throws the same way every time and a golfer does the same routine before addressing the ball. All these negative observations were made before the fight even started. Once the fight started it became evident that BJ didn't show up that night. Edgar implemented his game plan and didn't stray from it. I told my wife when the fight was over that I felt either guy could have won and it wouldn't surprise me if it were a split decision. Obviously the 50-45 score was stupid, but it really doesn't matter, the fact is Edgar won the fight. Here is the most important thing for all you BJ Penn fans, I'm the biggest BJ Penn fan there is, I'm also a firm believer that to become a champion, you MUST decisively beat the champion, that all being said, I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THIS DECISION AT ALL!
As far as Anderson goes, he went from showmanship to being a dick really quick. I personally had no interest in seeing him go to 170 anyways, and if this solidifies that that won't happen, great! First I think it's very lame that GSP wouldn't even meet in the middle, some where around 177, and second I think even with the massive weight cut, Anderson would beat GSP fairly easily. As far as him fighting at MW, whats the point? He has no competition there! He needs to fight strikers that will come forward and not let him have the chance to be a dick. The winner of Rashad/Rampage or Shogun after the Machida fight makes the most sense to me. He has proven that if he has a fight already in the bag against a BJJ fighter, that he will clown his way to a victory. I'm very old school when it comes to sportsmanship, and this was ridiculous! With the size difference being what it would be, I wouldn't even mind Silva/Mir.
For all the conspiracy theorists out there, let me put your mind to rest, BJ didn't lose on purpose so he doesn't have to vacate the belt and move up. How exactly does losing make sense for him to move up? It doesn't! Silva wasn't gassed, the fact that anyone would imply that is just stupid, he was fine. Silva doesn't bet on his fights to go to a decision, he's too close to ending it at times to even think that.
I'm just glad that the fight I predicted to be the most entertaining and competitive lived up to my hype. Munoz/Grove was a great display of heart and fight! Munoz weathered an early onslaught and had me really thinking he wasn't as good as I thought. I was very happy with the heart and determination he showed. Davis, while having no stand up to speak of, is a good ground fighter and I thought deserved Sub of the night. That choke was slick! Dos Anos was also very impressive as I picked Etim to win. Hughes/Gracie entertained me if not for one reason alone, two legends going at it. The bestt WW of all time (for now) against the best Gracie, what more could you ask for? For those of you laughing at me saying Hughes is the best WW ever (for now) on friday, you're dumb. Yes, GSP will end up going down as the best WW ever, but right now, he hasn't surpassed Hughes in title defenses or domination. Did any of you take note of his record? 44 wins, 7 losses. I'm not a Hughes fan, but he's grown on me as of late. Overall a good night of fights with a surprising title fight upset. I'm still waiting for a champ to go out, dominate and finish, we'll have another chance next month, but if not, I'm 100% confident the HW title fight won't go to a decision!