B.J. Penn makes it official: UFC lightweight division is dead zone
Before UFC light heavyweight champion
Obviously, the controversial decision and battering the Dragon took from Shogun put an end to that discussion.
As do the current ailments that have sidelined heavyweight champion
Not to mention the new-look Frank Mir -- that dude looked
In my initial survey of unbeatable champs back in October, I egregiously omitted
Granted, it wasn't egregious in the sense that it would've changed my outlook on the Prodigy's domination of the division.
Instead, the error was massive because the Nightmare was/is a legitimate contender.
I don't like the image he's chosen to present to the public, but the guy can scrap. And any lingering doubt about that -- there was none in my mind -- went out the window when he challenged Penn on Saturday night.
In October, Sanchez was absolutely the biggest obstacle in the legendary Hawaiian's relatively clear path to the lightweight horizon. Still was when he stepped inside the Octagon.
Which should give us all a pretty good idea of just how supremely different B.J. Penn is from the rest of the lightweights currently on the mixed-martial-arts radar. Different in a good way. An intimidatingly superhuman way.
The Prodigy utterly dismantled the No. 1 challenger. I don't know what you call a nightmare's bad dream, but Sanchez just had one. He can thank referee
Quick question: Do they hand out 10-0 rounds on scorecards? No kidding, I don't think Diego even
What's worse, Sanchez might've suffered two flash-knockouts in Round 1. Possibly a third.
How the native of New Mexico survived that opening slaughter is beyond me. Forget three more five-minute periods of carnage after it.
He looked like one of those little toy figurines where you press the base and the legs give out so the thing crumples to the ground, only to spring back upright when you let go.
And he looked like this for about two minutes with B.J. Penn clubbing away at him to start the fight. Yikes.
Again, I might not like the persona, but you have to respect what Diego Sanchez did in that cage.
Not nearly as much as you have to respect what Penn did, though.
The yoga enthusiast/punching bag was, essentially, a sitting duck in front of arguably the greatest lightweight the UFC has ever seen (the argument coming from someone else), but he kept coming. Perhaps not the wisest move, which is why there aren't many scholars in the Octagon.
Meanwhile, Penn sniped away with such violent and successful ease that the man who would be lightweight king actually shot in on Penn, trying to take him to the canvas at various times.
Diego Sanchez, a notorious banger, wanted --
About nine years ago.
Does this sound like an evening going according to plan for Sanchez? No, no it does not.
Yet it sounds eerily similar to what happened with
There should be no skeptics left: B.J. Penn has no real challenger at 155 pounds, he only has unfortunate witnesses to his growing immortality.
Woe to the one who must convince a pay-per-view audience otherwise.