And that’s the BJ we all know and love on the mainland, which is all well and good, but that’s not the Penn that showed up to take on GSP.
Smooshin’ GSP’s honker doesn’t win the fight. BJ had the first round locked, but didn’t really do anything except defend until his misguided omo plata with 20 seconds remaining in round 3.
GSP controlled the action, got the takedowns and was just plain more aggressive. Given that neither fighter did much damage to the other and there weren’t any submission attempts to speak of, that gets points with the UFC judges.
Maybe that’s not good enough, but you train/fight for the rules.
Try reading that out loud. Penn wanted to lose? Penn was happy with just saying, “I could have won if I had wanted to, but whatever?”
Seriously, there are really only four things that could have happened in this fight:
Penn has lost his skill and is no longer a competitor.
Penn didn’t take the fight seriously and lost.
Penn had an off night. Happens to everyone. We’ll see how he does in his next bout.
GSP is just plain better.
There’s no need to make excuses for the guy.
We do know that GSP is the perfect 3d fighter - he’s also smart, aggressive and learns from each of his fights, respects his opponents’ skills and trains for them, so there’s no dishonor is losing to him.