B.J. Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre: Who are you taking?
This weekend's Georges St. Pierre-B.J. Penn bout is going to be a tremendous fight, one of the biggest the sport has seen. It’s rare that we get fights like this that match two superior fighters, both in their prime. There hasn’t been a fight this big since Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar, but this fight is a blockbuster for all of the right reasons.
Couture-Lesnar was a big draw because of Lesnar’s name recognition and because he has a strong following from his pro wrestling days. Couture is a legend in the sport and was making a comeback after his legal difficulties. Neither fighter was in their prime, and neither did anything truly remarkable that night. The fight gave credibility to Lesnar, but it was more of a curiosity than anything. No one knew what to expect from either guy, which is why it was intriguing. Penn-St. Pierre is intriguing because we have two terrifying (to borrow a phrase from Forrest Griffin) champions going head to head.
This is a tough one to call. St. Pierre took some shots from Jon Fitch and didn’t go down, but I still feel like Penn has a chance to knock out St. Pierre. Penn’s work ethic and focus is always a concern, but he should be ready for St. Pierre. Still, I feel like St. Pierre is the more complete fighter.
I think I’m going with St. Pierre in a decision but if Penn’s cardio isn’t an issue then this could easily go the other way.
What are you thinking on this one?