Originally Posted by cheachea
Matt still beat Penn/GSP atleast once and that is a statement in it's self. It reminds me of Joe Frazier vs Mohammed Ali. Even though Ali beat Frazier twice Joe Frazier beat Ali Period. Even if you beat Ali only once YOU ARE STILL A BAD MAN LOL. Matt kind of reminds me of Frazier in that sense. Anyone else agree ?
If anything, in my opinion I would probably reverse it and Matt would be more like Ali in your analogy.
Frazier beat Ali at a time when it really meant something to beat Muhammad Ali, and that's kinda how it was when BJ beat Matt in the first fight, and when GSP beat Matt in their first rematch. Beating Matt Hughes is what put BJ Penn and GSP over the threshold into the realm greatness in this sport. Everybody can win or lose a fight in the blink of an eye, but only the great fighters can really dominate top competition for a long period of time like we saw Matt Hughes do during his run. BJ and GSP have had similar runs, maybe not as lengthy at this point, still it's what makes them great. At the same time, it's that type of dominance that can separate a fighter from his loses when history looks back on them. Nobody will be remembering the likes of Medgoen Singsurat in the same light that they will remember Manny Pacquiao, even though he knocked Pacquaio out in 1999, just like nobody will ever remember Dennis Hallman the way they will remember Matt Hughes.
This fight could have ended in exactly the opposite fashion, with Matt pounding out BJ. What will follow now is a flock of BJ supporters saying that "BJ is back", when in truth he was never gone. BJ was able to capitalize very quickly on what was his best shot at winning the fight. I think BJ knew he needed to come out blazing from the beginning with hard, accurate punches and hope to slip one good shot in there to have a chance at winning. The longer the fight were to go on, the more the advantage would be to Hughes, so BJ did what he had to do, and it worked for him. You could tell how amped up BJ was to win, he knew he could have very easily been handed his 3rd loss in a row. Still, all the credit in the world to BJ for his performance, can't take nothing away from him for it.