Silva on Best Mix Martial Artist of All Time: “BJ Penn is No. 1.”
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Silva on Best Mix Martial Artist of All Time: “BJ Penn is No. 1.”
Posted by Roughneck on 6/26 at 1:14 pm
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Posted by MrFreakinMiyagi on 6/26 at 1:19 pm to Roughneck
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“BJ Penn is No. 1.”




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Posted by TomballTiger on 6/26 at 1:20 pm to Roughneck
I read that too. I think Anderson is confusing his potential and reality with regard to BJ.


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Posted by wadewilson on 6/26 at 1:21 pm to Roughneck
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Silva gave his top four mixed martial artists. Following Penn came “Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Royce Gracie,” said Silva.


I would question Liddell's place there, but that's just like, my opinion, man.



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Posted by TigerNutts on 6/26 at 1:22 pm to MrFreakinMiyagi
Penn should be honored. Obviously, you can't call him the GOAT based on record or his accomplishments lately, but this guy has fought a whos who and is one of the more brave fighters I've ever seen. Guy will fight anyone. There are a lot of fighters now that refuse opponents, weigh their options or duck people. Penn would have fought any of his "friends" and taken the check to the bank.


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Posted by smash williams on 6/26 at 1:24 pm to Roughneck
I was a big time Prodigy fan. He was my favorite fighter for about an 8 year span. Always felt he was better than Matt Hughes and GSP, just lacked conditioning. Underrated striker with godly BJJ.


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Posted by TigerNutts on 6/26 at 1:29 pm to smash williams
His frame was always going to be tough to overcome. He's beaten by guys that outweigh him and was pulled out of LW by a much faster guy. Penn was never super athletic or able to be the bigger stronger guy. IMO, he fought uphill constantly. I think the conditioning and training aspects of his deficiencies are overrated. If improved, they wouldn't have equated to enough to change many of his losses in the end.

He might've beaten GSP the 1st time, Hughes the 2nd time, and that's about it.



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Posted by Shoulderchoke on 6/26 at 1:33 pm to TigerNutts
I would personally like to see him try and make one more run at LW.


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Posted by TigerNutts on 6/26 at 1:33 pm to Shoulderchoke
100% agreed.


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Posted by Smokedawg on 6/26 at 1:49 pm to Roughneck
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Silva gave his top four mixed martial artists. Following Penn came “Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Royce Gracie,” said Silva.
Ironically no Fedor. What a waste.




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Posted by wadewilson on 6/26 at 2:16 pm to Smokedawg
Fedor fought weaker competition than any of those guys.


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Posted by Jester on 6/26 at 2:18 pm to Roughneck
1A - Silva
1B - GSP

The rest



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Posted by wadewilson on 6/26 at 2:18 pm to Jester
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1A - Silva
1B - GSP


Nah.



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Posted by Jester on 6/26 at 2:19 pm to TigerNutts
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Penn should be honored. Obviously, you can't call him the GOAT based on record or his accomplishments lately, but this guy has fought a whos who and is one of the more brave fighters I've ever seen. Guy will fight anyone. There are a lot of fighters now that refuse opponents, weigh their options or duck people. Penn would have fought any of his "friends" and taken the check to the bank.


You can say pretty much all of that about Sonnen, too. Losing to the best doesn't make you the best, though.



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Posted by Jester on 6/26 at 2:21 pm to wadewilson
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Nah


Who ya got? I'm sorry, but I have trouble ranking the originators too highly, because the field was so much weaker back then. The top fighters are much more diverse now, so the dominance of Silva and GSP is hard to argue.



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Posted by Shoulderchoke on 6/26 at 2:22 pm to wadewilson
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Fedor fought weaker competition than any of those guys.



Riiiiight



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Posted by Byron Bojangles III on 6/26 at 2:26 pm to Shoulderchoke
real recognize real


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Posted by wadewilson on 6/26 at 2:38 pm to Jester
I think I'd still put Couture up there for his body of work. GSP is incredible, but I don't think his particular skills are as strong as some other fighters.


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Posted by TigerNutts on 6/26 at 3:59 pm to wadewilson
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You can say pretty much all of that about Sonnen, too. Losing to the best doesn't make you the best, though.


This is short-sighted.

Penn knocked off Hughes whilst being widely considered the GOAT in the WW division and in his prime. He held TWO UFC titles in different eras in different weight classes.

Sonnen and Penn WOULD have been very similar had he finished the AS fight and Jones' broken toe been discovered in time.

Think about the difference here.



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Posted by jeff5891 on 6/26 at 4:16 pm to wadewilson
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1A - Silva
1B - GSP


this



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