Since I began watching MMA, BJ Penn has consistently been one of the most interesting fighters in the sport to me.
Often called "the most naturally gifted fighter in MMA", I was instantly intrigued by this small, balding Hawaiian.
What cemented me as a fan was his "fight anyone, any time" attitude, and his goal of completely destroying his opponent in the raddest way possible.
However, on the flipside, BJ is also associated with the term "Biggest waste of talent in MMA history", due to his tendency to not train as hard as he should. My question is however; just how good was BJ Penn in your opinion ? Was, and is he, the greatest lightweight in MMA history ? Is he an overrated slacker ? Is he one of the last true "fighters" in MMA, and a true prodigy ?
To me, BJ is a sad waste of talent, when I think he could have been one of the greatest of all time. He got as far as he did on natural talent, which is incredible, but a huge shame that he didn't work harder, especially on his cardio. I still don't think he tried anywhere as hard as he could have against Edgar, especially the second time, and that's one of the few blemishes on his record which could ruin his Super Saiyan Lightweight reputation. What do you lot think ?