Penn dominates Sherk to retain belt

May 24th, 2008

Hilo’s BJ Penn defeated Sean Sherk by TKO at the end of the third round in the main event of UFC 84: Ill Will to retain his UFC lightweight championship.

The fight was a 15-minute boxing fest that fit perfectly into Penn’s strength. Penn used his three-inch reach advantage to pepper Sherk’s face with jabs while Sherk struggled to get close enough to Penn to do any serious damage.

I don’t know if it’s true, but in the middle of the third round, it looked like Penn may have broke Sherk’s right hand. After an exchange, Sherk is seen flexing his hand and you don’t see him throw too many punches with his right hand the rest of the round.

Coming into the fight, the one thing I wanted to see was whether Sherk could take down BJ and then stay on top of him. He tried once in the opening seconds, but that was it. I think a lot of people who have only seen Penn since he returned to the UFC two years ago see his fights with Hughes and GSP at 170 pounds and don’t realize how much of a monster Penn is at 155.

Hopefully he gets a chance to move up and avenge his loss to GSP in what I think is probably in the top three biggest fights that could be done in mixed martial arts right now. I’d love to see, but will Dana White let it happen? He’s been on record as saying Penn needs to clean out the division before he moves up. Is beating Pulver, Stevenson and Sherk enough? We’ll find out.

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