I may take heat from pissed off Penn fans but I'll deal with it. Bj has provided fight fans with some of the most amazing fights and memorable moments in the history of our sport.Whether it was choking out Matt Hughes or licking the blood of Joe Stevenson off his gloves. Bj had a natural talent that was unparalleled in the sport at the time and almost based purely off of his talent, became a champion in two divisions. He will forever be remembered as one of the best fighters ever in MMA.
One problem though, he will also be remembered as one of the greatest disappointments in MMA as well. the reason for this is that although he had all the potential in the world, he did not achieve the lofty goals that come along with it. He did not take his fight career nearly as seriously as much lesser talented fighters who work their bodies and minds to the brink every single day. Men who sacrifice everything they have in order to have just one chance at achieving what Bj Penn had, even if just for a moment. Bj didnt have to sacrifice much to get to where he is. He has KO power, an incredible chin, killer instinct, speed, wrestling, Bjj skills that gave him the name of the prodigy, and incredible flexibility to boot. The only thing he didn't have was the drive to put in the hard work. He didn't have to give up food for his family or worry about mortgage payments so why should he put his blood, sweat, and tears into training every day.
Enter Rory Macdonald. A 23 year old phenom being called the next GSP. Among the fastest rising prospects in the UFC, he has shown talent and skills that are absolutely amazing for someone his age. Sound familiar? The key difference is that Rory works his ass off every single day in the gym improving himself, learning new things, confronting his weaknesses and honing his strengths. Every single day Rory puts himself through pain that nearly all men would cry at the prospect of having to feel even half of it.
Rory is part of what is called the "new breed" of fighter. The UFC uses is as part of a hyperbole but I take it quite literally. Rory is part of the new breed of fighter that knows that natural talent is not enough anymore. You need to put yourself through hell during that training camp to make sure when fight time comes, no matter what is thrown at you, you can not only take it, but get back up and push through the adversity without fading. I don't mean just heart because Bj has that. Bj however does not put himself through a hellish training camp like he should and therefore stuff like the Nick Diaz fight happens or his fight with Fitch. He didn't give up yet at the same time he did. Except he gave up in the camp before the fight.
Back to my actual title. Bj must lose to Rory because it's time for everyone to realize that hard workers will always come out on top in the end. Bj may have more natural talent then Rory but I do not think he will win. Rory has shown and will show how much more he wants to win. At UFC on Fox 5, the Prodigy is put to rest.