Originally Posted by Miss Foxy
For the record there is no such thing as a lucky power shot (unless your Matt Serra)...................
I didnt mean Lucky in that context.
I meant, if you are striking, but not with the aim to KO...occasionally you might accidently get a powerful punch that connects. BJ Penn doesnt go out to KO people. He goes out to submit them. Occasionally he might box with someone and KO them. It prooves he has KO power...but until he consistantly goes out WITH THE SPECIFIC INTENT to do nothing but stand and trade and TRY to get a KO...we cant judge just how much power is pent up behind his fists.
Do you follow?
Now, you could argue, as most people do, that Caol Uno prooves he can KO whenever he wants. That is a false assessment...because Caol Uno came flying through the air at him, in a non to sensible manner....along those lines, when he later had chance to stand a trade with Jens Pulver, we didnt see that sort of power.
HOWEVER, if you look at his fights against Sean Sherk, you can see that he can box effectively, if you further that with his fight against Stevenson, you will note an almighty punch which basically ended up being the mother of all take downs during that match. Follow that with Hughes, where you DONT see an Uno display, but you do see him getting caught, and you have a better argument that says BJ Penn has constant KO power, but has never set out to use it alone, specifically.
This will be compounded on IF Penn says that his game plan was specifically to box. If his plan was to go to the ground and try and submit Hughes...then the jury is out on whether that Punch was thrown with the intent to finish, or wheather Hughes was wrong place, wrong time. IF he says his plan was to NEVER go to the ground the whole match and that he was specifically looking for a KO...then you might have put your finger on the one thing that could proove me wrong about Penn at Welterweight IF he can successfully replicate against someone who isnt in a grudge match.
Geeeez, its like I got to give you your own counter argument to mine.