B.J. Penn (13-4-1) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from Hawaii with strong striking skills. Currently he is considered the number 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. No doubt he is one of the most gifted fighters of all time. He is very technical and a smart fighter. He has knock out wins over Sean Sherk, Cao Uno, and Din Thomas, and has submission victories over Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, and Takanori Gomi. But some question his work ethic and sometimes he has went into fights with poor conditioning. B.J. has looked outstanding of late though finishing off his last three opponents.
George St. Pierre (17-2) is a Kyokushin Karate fighter from Canada with a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and is well versed in wrestling, Muay Thai, and boxing. Many call GSP the best athlete in the UFC and rank him the number 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He is arguably the toughest guy to take to the ground and the best at getting take downs in the UFC. His only weakness may be mental. After GSP took the title from Matt Hughes he turned around and lost to Matt Serra. He might have taken that fight too lightly and had a lack of focus. St. Pierre has since been unstoppable at 170 pounds, avenging his loss to Serra and dominating Jon Fitch.
This fight shouldn’t be anything like their first confrontation. Neither one will make any big mistakes. Both fighters are much improved. B.J. looks to be in the best shape of his life and he will utilize his strengths very well. GSP is a much better fighter than he was the first time they met and he won’t take this fight lightly. It will ultimately come down to striking ability. This fight won’t go to the ground very much, being as they are both equals on the ground. St. Pierre will have the reach advantage and will capitalize on it, and he may get a few takedowns if he so chooses. I just can’t see Penn having his way with GSP in any aspect of the fight. I predict a second round TKO win for George St. Pierre.
Viewer ship will be huge for this monster fight. The UFC has really put in a lot building up to this fight and I believe that everyone will be pleased with the results. If B.J wins, he will go down in history as the first fighter to hold two UFC belts at the same time. He will be a legend of the sport forever. If GSP wins, many will consider him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and we could be seeing a George St. Pierre and Anderson Silva match up in the future. That would be insane.
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