BJ Penn looked like crap last night.
BJ Penn hasn't lived up to his potential.
BJ Penn is a front runner.
BJ Penn needs a new training camp and a sports psychologist.
BJ Penn talks a lot of smack, and it doesn't always make much sense.
I think we can all agree on these points.
But Mr. Snowden, BJ Penn's career has most certainly been anything but ordinary. He's had by far one of the most extraordinary careers in MMA history.
In fact, that storied career may have led you to pick BJ to win the fight before making this statement post-event:
Many people were shocked by Penn's two losses to Edgar. Not me. Looking carefully at Penn's career leads you to one conclusion-despite his inflated reputation, the extraordinary BJ Penn is merely ordinary
Why didn't you pick Edgar to win if BJ is merely ordinary?
BJ hasn't been the most successful in title fights, but if you're going to sum up the man's career, you may want to consider the following before tossing him under the bus:
1) He is one of only two men to win titles in two different UFC weight classes (kind of a big deal).
2) He successfully defended the lightweight title three times - something never done before.
3) In his 15 career victories, he finished 12 of his opponents, including Matt Hughes, Takanori Gomi, Kenny Florian, and Sean Sherk.
4) His win/loss record is partially a reflection of the top-flight competition he's faced. BJ has never had a gimme fight in his career, except his rematch with Jens Pulver, and he's taken chances like no other.
5) BJ debuted in the UFC. If he started in smaller shows he could easily have 20+ wins on his record and even more impressive finishes.
Now can anyone explain to me what exactly makes BJ Penn ordinary? Because if a guy like BJ Penn is ordinary, what does that say about guys on the level of, say, Kenny Florian? Guys that fought well and fought hard, but never made it to the top - are they just a bunch of hacks?
Yes, BJ is flawed and perhaps could have done more with his natural physical skills, but we can't deny the man's place in MMA history.
P.S. Frankie is pretty damn good. No, that's wrong, the two biggest wins of his career are over that oh-so-ordinary BJ Penn.