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Predictions post – GSP vs. BJ Penn

By Zach Arnold | January 29, 2009

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33 Responses to “Predictions post – GSP vs. BJ Penn”

  1. spacedog says:

    GSP via 3rd tko.
    I don’t think BJ has as much for GSP as people think. I predict GSP will use his size, strength, reach, and rasslin’ to keep BJ at bay, and will wear him down until he (GSP) can unleash a hellacious beating forcing Herb Dean to step on and save him.

  2. Ultimo Santa says:


    I’m going to steal spacedog’s answer.

    Both men are equally skilled on their feet, on the ground, are in their prime, and have killer 24/7 training routines…the only criteria I have left to judge them on is genetics.

    GSP will come into the fight, conservatively, 15+ pounds heavier. He’s taller, stronger, possibly faster, and could very well have better cardio.

    And if Herb Dean sees anyhing even remotely close to a ‘hellacious beating’ he’ll have no problem stopping the fight ASAP.

    That man would stop a fight over a hangnail.

  3. Jeremy (not that Jeremy) says:

    GSP submission, 2nd round.

  4. Zack says:

    GSP by lay & pray

  5. Steve says:

    GSP will eventually overpower BJ. R4 TKO.

    What are the prizes Zach?

  6. Donavan says:

    GSP 5th round TKO

    Also I’d like to add a buy rate prediction.

    I think this event will shatter UFC’s buy rate record. I think it’ll do 1.3 million buys.

  7. mattio says:

    Penn by sub in the 4th round.

  8. Rollo the Cat says:

    GSP in the fourth. It looks like GSP is the best he has ever been and BJ is fighting above his best weight class.

    GSP with a decisive win.

  9. Jim Allcorn says:

    BJ Penn via sub/TKO R3

    I think this is the fight of Penn’s life & he’ll rise to the occasion with perhaps his best performance ever.

  10. big boi says:

    Penn sub 2nd

    This is tied with Mirko-Fedor as my most anticipated fight since I began to watch MMA back in 1995.

  11. – BJ Penn
    – Submission stemming from a mistake made by GSP while panicking under Penn’s ground and pound
    – 2nd or 3rd round

  12. Dan says:

    Bj penn
    2nd round

  13. Anty says:

    GSP 3rd TKO

  14. IceMuncher says:

    GSP, UD 49-46. I hope I’m wrong.

  15. Zack says:

    “This is tied with Mirko-Fedor as my most anticipated fight since I began to watch MMA back in 1995.”

    Really? It’s a rematch, and the first fight wasn’t even that exciting. It’s not like either guy was sorry then and is much improved…they were both awesome 3 years ago.

    If BJ wins, it freezes the belt of the best division in MMA longer than it already has been. If GSP wins, he simply beat a smaller fighter for the 2nd time. I don’t see huge ramifications either way, although if BJ wins in exciting fashion, I bet the swing bout could set records.

  16. 45 Huddle says:

    Darn it, I predicted GSP by 3rd Round TKO as well…. Already put that pick into the UFC Fantasy Website a few days agao!!

  17. IceMuncher says:

    “It’s not like either guy was sorry then and is much improved…they were both awesome 3 years ago.”

    I think GSP has improved a lot since then, and if BJ is in shape he’ll automatically be twice the fighter he was the last time they fight. It’ll be the first fight on steroids.

  18. skwirrl says:

    GSP – Round 3 – brutality

  19. klown says:


    Round 3


    Round 1:
    GSP will patiently pick BJ apart on the feet without hurrying for a take down. If GSP does take it down, BJ will scare him off with a submission attempt from the rubber guard. This will remind GSP to stick to his gameplan and stand back up

    Round 2: Total slugfest as BJ gets angry and a little desperate, and he starts swinging. Close round, and GSP’s face gets marked up, but BJ is breathing heavy and dropping his hands

    Round 3: BJ gases, GSP takes it down, and pounds BJ’s face to bits, while Yamasaki callously allows the fight to continue. GSP has mercy and submits BJ with an armbar or kimura

  20. BJ getting submitted? You’re insane dude.

  21. BJ Penn, TKO, Round 3

  22. Kelvin says:

    GSP via decision

  23. dave2 says:

    GSP Unanimous Decision

  24. Mark38 says:

    GSP R4 ground and pound ftw

  25. Big Bill Bob says:

    Ends in a draw after GSP grabs the cage losing points trying to avoid BJ’s takedown after beign up on the cards otherwise.

  26. e40 says:

    BJ by submission, R2 to 3. Second choice is GSP by decision.

  27. catch says:

    BJ will win by submission after stunning him three minutes into the fight.

  28. brent says:

    gsp by 4rth rnd tko.

  29. dualdiagnosis says:

    Bj Penn wins by TKO Rd 2, 2:24

  30. Fan Futbol says:

    Penn, submission rd 2. Huge fan of GSP, I just think Penn will catch him with a punch and rnc him.


  31. Jeremy (not that Jeremy) says:

    Gah. I’m changing my prediction. Someone will get injured and this fight will end in a no contest. I’m betting BJ trips walking into the cage and gets knocked unconscious.

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