This is a strange one- there is allot of hype imaginary or real over Hughes last few fights
other forums are joking calling him K1-hughes for his new striking prowess.
His last few fights , he is on a 3 win streak. Good for him for finding what works
as an aging athlete, something I can respect.
He did dominate- Almeida and gave Renzo a pretty one sided Beating of Renzo - both of whom
are B or B- , I like Renzo allot, and do know him but he is like retired this was his first Fight camp in years.
Hughes also beat Serra- that fight was a bit of a struggle for him to pull off.
While not cans- It is easy to look amazing when you fight lesser fighters.
Apparently Hughes spent a good bit of time with Jeremy Horn working on grappling and the like.
Penn has all the advantages on paper, striking defensive wrestling-
the submission aspects go without saying
and the ability to force Hughes into a stand-up fight Hughes wants no part of.
While Hughes has lost to the Top tier welter weights
Penn has destroyed all of the lightweight challengers except for the Current Champ.
Penn at 170 is a mystery- who is showing up.
Penn split from Marv Marinovich- who is crazy but his shit kept Penn in good condition.
the Hilo training camp always seems alittle off- sometimes he brings in good guys
sometimes he doesn't but he is surrounded by a ton of yes men-
so is Hughes, but Hughes clearly has never ever had issues doing the work needed
as far as physical prep.
This fight should go down like the first.
all BJ Penn.
except that I have no idea how motivated or smart BJ has trained.