UFC 84 BJ Penn vs Sean Sherk
The MMA community seems pretty split on this fight despite BJ Penn being the favorite. Both fighters have a loyal following of supporters and there are going to be a lot of disappointed people come Saturday night when it’s all over.
This is a very heated grudge match with a lot of words coming from both fighters, and both are very passionate about bringing that title home. Both fighters have that belt as their mission, and will do whatever necessary to win it.
BJ Penn is probably the best he’s ever been technically, and motivationally. The biggest question mark on BJ is his conditioning. He’s never been an easy win for anybody, has some of the best takedown defense in the sport, and can win with strikes, submissions, from the top or the bottom.
Sean Sherk needs to be on top to win this fight. He needs to utilize his fast hands standing and wear BJ down. Takedowns won’t come easy and he’ll have to really make BJ pay for any mistakes and earn them. Without capitalizing on mistakes and making BJ pay with strikes, he won’t be able to wear him down and increases the odds he gets submitted.
I believe that BJ Penn will emerge victorious on Saturday night by submitting Sherk with a Rear Naked Choke. One of the factors is that Sherk has never been so emotional for a fight and that will play against him. He’s out of his element, and has added a lot of pressure when he didn’t need it. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders and hasn’t fought in a long time. BJ on the other hand is exactly where he wants to be, in the spotlight with all the pressure on him.
Whoever wins this fight deserves it, and both are worthy champions.
Check out this promo hyping the fight.