Movie Rating: four / five
Having spent the best part of a year out of the cage and with a record of four defeats in his last six outings inside it, legendary Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC fighter BJ Penn might have been forgiven for thinking about hanging up his fighting gloves for good and not even consider coming out of retirement for yet another come back.
But according to the former two division champion in the UFC, he came out of retirement simply because he wanted to have another go at Frankie Edgar, his arch nemesis for years.
He added while speaking in an interview that he believes he can do a lot better than he managed to do during the second fight between them and mentioned that when the opportunity to fight him again came up, he just couldn’t say ‘no’.
Edgar defeated BJ Penn at UFC 112 to take the UFC Lightweight Championship from him and in an immediate rematch between the pair at UFC 118; he defeated the Hawaiian once again.
While Penn hasn’t had a fight in over a year, Edgar has since lost his UFC Lightweight Championship, dropped down a weight category to Featherweight and lost his debut match in the division to reigning champion Jose Aldo before a blistering performance in a win against Charles Oliveira.
Penn is a fighter who has fought across several weight categories. Having held the Lightweight title, he also held the UFC Welterweight Championship and had fights in the Middleweight division as well as an open weight fight against Lyoto Machida.
But his upcoming match against Edgar will be his first as a Featherweight and BJ Penn, the man Dana White, the UFC president hailed as the one who made lightweights popular is leaving no stone unturned to make his divisional debut a memorable one.
Movie Ranking: four / 5
Video clip Score: 4 / 5
Lyoto Machida fought his way in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC, becoming the champion for almost a year. But he has since lost the title and has seen fellow Brazilian Jon Jones take the division by the scruff of its neck, winning all six of his title defenses.
And seeing his chances of reclaiming the title diminish with time, the Dragon decided to move down to the Middleweight division and according to the Brazilian, the move was a blessing in disguise as he gets to fight against opponents who are a lot similar to him in size and stature compared to what he had to face in the 205 lbs weight class.
He announced his arrival in the Middleweight division with a stunning head kick to beat Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30 in October in Manchester, England. And Machida, who has amassed a record of 12-4 during his career in the promotion, stated that the fight against Munoz was not one his greatest moments in the sport as he had to take on a friend, someone he has extensively trained with for long periods of time.
Machida stated that separating friendship from their profession is very difficult. He added that they fought and went out to dinner after the fight and had no issues. Machida stated that they have the same thought process, the same goals but the problem is only one of them can occupy the space at a time.
And he also recognizes the possibility of coming up against Anderson Silva in the near future, adding that it is a fight he doesn’t want. Machida mentioned that Anderson is fighting for the title and he is far from a title shot but he will have to be ready if that eventually comes.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
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