Who would win between prime BJ Penn vs Khabib Nurmagomedov?
BJ Penn vs Khabib is a clash I would have liked to see today. BJ has a submission win over a prime Matt Hughes at UFC 46 and a first round KO win over Matt Hughes later in his career at UFC 123. Although BJ Penn lost to George St. Pierre both times that they fought he gave a good fight in their first fight at UFC 58 in a split decision. Here is a video of BJ Penn’s rear naked choke submission win against Matt Hughes.
BJ Penn got his nickname “The Prodigy” by acquiring a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in under three years. The reason why this is such an amazing feat is because it takes fighters an average of 10 years to achieve a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu hence the nickname, “The Prodigy”. Most noteworthy of BJ’s accomplishment is being ranked number one simultaneously in two different weight classes, 155lb lightweight and 170lb welterweight.
Pound for Pound one of the greatest MMA fighters ever. In addition to his spectacular ground game, he had a great stand up boxing game in his arsenal as well. Being a well rounded fighter like this would give Khabib some trouble. If Khabib tries to take down BJ Penn would he be successful in taking him to the ground and keeping BJ on the ground like he does to other fighters? We just seen Khabib’s stand up game against LaQuinta and it wasn’t too impressive. Flexible, ground game, stand up and check out this video of BJ jumping out of a pool. This video shows how athletic he was.
Current undefeated lightweight champ Khabib is a beast in today’s lightweight division. We still want to Khabib take on Tony Ferguson who is the current #1 lightweight champ but is out with an injury. If Khabib defeats Tony Ferguson he should consider moving up in weightclass to fight in the welterweight division.
Khabib is known for taking opponents to the ground and just smothering them. If there is anyone that can take down BJ Penn, Khabib would be the one to do that and keep him down. Khabib wrestled bears growing up. This might be the secret weapon to his takedown skills. Here is a video of young Khabib vs a bear.
Stand up : BJ Penn
Takedown Defense : BJ Penn
Ground Game: BJ Penn
The highlight to watch in this matchup would be Khabib’s takedown vs BJ’s takedown defense.