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Penn vs. Sanchez: This Is What Domination Looks Like

(Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

If you watched last night’s UFC event, you already know that BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez was one of the most lopsided five-round fights in UFC history. But exactly how bad did things get for the hapless challenger? According to FightMetric, Sanchez threw 108 strikes at Penn, and only landed eight of them. Seriously. Eight, the whole fight. That’s a 7% success rate. By comparison, Penn was able to touch Sanchez 150 times out of 214 tries, for a remarkable 70% success rate. Compounding his failure, Sanchez also went 0/24 on his takedown attempts. (Fun fact: Penn hasn’t been successfully taken down by a lightweight since Takanori Gomi, six years ago. But hey, kudos to Sanchez for trying anyway.)

Of course, you could also just look at the above photo to understand what a bad situation the Nightmare found himself in at the FedExForum. Allow Dana White to explain what you’re looking at:

“In 10 years of being in this business, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody more busted up than Diego is right now,” White said. “His whole lip is split open in half, in two different places. When I say split open, it’s torn down to this stuff down here [indicating a point on his chin]. His forehead is as open as [Marvin Eastman], the kid that Vitor Belfort kneed [at UFC 43]. They pulled that thing wide open. His face? I think his nose is broken. I don’t even know how Diego kept coming forward. He’s a tough kid, man. I’m almost positive his nose was broken by the third round. That Tony Robbins [expletive] works.”  

After the jump: A completely unmarked BJ Penn discusses his victory.

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moghambo- January 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm
Ok, Diego is not more "nightmare" now everybody call him "VAGINA FACE"
UFC fan- December 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm
banana it is as simple as this.....go fuck yourself along with those other douches. I will continue to do what I want when I want, where I want. I will tell you like I have told the rest of these douches who cry like bitches I am not here to be your friend, best asshole buddy or earn your respect, I am here to put down what I fucking feel , and you cunts don't like it, that is to goddamn bad.
How you find the conversations on here be it good or bad, I couldn't give a flying fuck less ok? If you don't like em skip em, or leave, but shut your mouth, you are not jack or shit to me, and I won't fucking change cause you or THEY want me to.
BananaPancakes- December 15, 2009 at 9:07 am
Now, two people on this very thread referred to you as a old troll and a hopeful suicide victim. I think this demonstrates that you are a wee bit more pathetic and annoying than the rest of the lot. I actually find the conversation on this blog pretty respectful. It's not too late for you to be a nicer guy. I think it would make you happier. Anyways, good luck.
UFC fan- December 14, 2009 at 9:43 pm
"BananaPancakes Says:
Mon, 12/14/2009 - 04:26


So let me get this straight. You talk shit and level personal attacks in a forum that is supposed to have reasonable discussion, and if I call you out on it, I am a crybaby. Let me try this in a more gentle way. Your personal attacks are not appropriate in a serious MMA blog. If you want to have childish exchanges with people then you should go to Sherdog. Please stop being a douche."

If you could see the large smile I have on my face, typing to you is like typing to a 5 year naive so innocent.
So let me SET you straight. You have been here long? And Mine is the first messages you have read that were not on topic or negative or involve personal attacks? Are you really that new? Are you really that goddamn blind?
Not appropriate for a serious MMA blog? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.ohhhhh my, that was so good to laugh like that again.
Do you have a clue as to where you are?
Stick around kid, you might find so many things to talk about...maybe off topic, maybe even find a new playmate, or 5 or 10.
I can't wait to see what other new and innocent, silly thing you have to say. While I wait for the new year and Diego to heal, we have so much time, I do so hope you can fill the void.
PELF- December 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm
Thank you for the retard and stupidity comments. They really build up the conversation.

I mean, guys, have you forgotten what p4p means? Yes, GSP f*cked up BJ. No doubt about that one, but think what would happen if they threw GSP in front of Silva... Imo it would be much worse. And I've seen GSP lose against Hughes and Serra, BJ only lost to Pulver at 155 if you want to go into specific fights.

But I do agree that GPS is good. No question about that. And Fedor is good as well. I Just _can't_ understand anyone placing him above silva or bj. Or GSP.
Get Off Me- December 14, 2009 at 3:39 pm
It's not always the win that gets you ahead in the UFC either my friend.

Diaz and the training with his brother(striking) the BJJ skills set he has would be better than anything Maynard, Edgar or Griffin could throw at Penn right now, they wouldn't touch him with a ten foot poll. I think BJ got his name cause he got a BJJ black belt in three years of training. I think BJ would beat Diaz, but i'm a fight fan and I would really like to see it.

Diaz and GSP comparison was rather simple, not too deep obviously. When GSP was scoring 30 takedowns a round against BJ, the way he did it was very athletic and powerful yes, but more than anything it was clever, he was able to do it part by using his reach. Diaz has six inches on Penn, not two or three and he knows how to take guys down. Sanchez was close, maybe two inches to being able to get BJ's other leg while they were against the cage, so he just kept trying, but he had no chance really......they all have no chance! But I think because he has that unique Diaz boxing, enough skills on the ground and a chin it could be a better fight than the rest.
ArmFarmer- December 14, 2009 at 1:36 pm
I actually like Guida a lot and I think that if you are able to completely control your opponent for the majority of a fight, slam him around, and attack with gnp (even if it's not devistating), you should win the fight. It's not always pretty or exciting but it gets you the win imo.

As for Diaz, I think he already has a win over maynard via choke (on TUF) but I do not think he'd be any match for BJ. It would be an interesting match up style/skill wise but I think he'd just get pummeled on the feet like everyone else. Even if anyone does manage to get BJ down which is no easy task, that really doesn't put you in an advantagous position. He's not called the prodigy because he's good at striking afterall.

I don't really get how you can compare gsp and diaz for obvious reasons, so I won't even comment on that.
Get Off Me- December 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm
The blanket treatment, nice one and a very accurate way to describe Guida. That's the wild card guida brings to the table, he is taking advantage of the "dated" judging system in MMA. In my humblest of humbles, I thought Diego beat him 30-27 because when on the ground I saw Diego going for Triangles, guillotines and kimura's galore(but because guida locked his arms around Diego's waste for most of the fight, Guida actually took it on one of the cards!) And the exact same goes for Diaz, Diaz is a master on the ground and was very active, but Guida got the win.
I want Diaz to take maynard and I think Diaz would be a good fight against BJ(one of a few at LW), if you look how GSP swept BJ, Diaz's arms are long enough to do the same, but that does not mean Diaz would win.
ArmFarmer- December 14, 2009 at 10:37 am
I just thought guida might give florian the blanket treatment, like guida/diaz.. well I guess guida/anyone really. Then I remembered how easily Florian delt with Stevenson's wrestling and decided it wasn't a safe bet.
Get Off Me- December 14, 2009 at 8:58 am
Nice one on Guida, I made some cash on Kenflo.....I have this theory of sorts about guys coming off of losing a title fight as the challenger.....Generally the fighter wins his next fight, most recently Kenflo and T.Silva. I applied the "rule" for Kenflo v. Guida, because that was the only logic I could find when placing my bet.
ArmFarmer- December 14, 2009 at 8:29 am
I was iffy on Mir at first and the Vera loss was definitely on my mind.. but the more I thought about it the more sure I was, and then seeing the shape he was in sealed the deal. My original parlay was mir/guida/penn, but after some thought I luckily dropped guida. I ended up with a palhares/fitch/penn/mir parlay and a penn/mir parlay. Was a good week of betting for me mma and otherwise. Well played on both our parts, lucky for us a lot of people aren't smart enough to look at things like common opponents and level of competition I guess.
Get Off Me- December 14, 2009 at 7:45 am
Read my top post, I was talking about Penn/Stevenson-Diego/Stevenson a long time ago.
I too took advantage of the betting line as well, but did not have the stones to bet on Mir(never again, he cost me cash against Vera big time).
I took in $200 on cash bets and put $200 on Penn at -240.

ArmFarmer- December 14, 2009 at 5:23 am
Frank Mur Says:
Mon, 12/14/2009 - 02:21

"Who really wants to fight BJ right now? (at 155 anyway) He just made The Nightmare grow a vagina on his head and an extra eyebrow, And not to mention whatever trauma has obviously occurred to his mouth."

Looks like Diego Sanchez and UFC fan have something in common.. BJ induced mouth trauma. ZING!
ArmFarmer- December 14, 2009 at 4:44 am
What kind of retard would put money on Diego in that fight.. I put $500 on a Mir/Penn parlay and when my friend questioned me on it I told him that my only regret was that I didn't have more funds available to put on it. Lock of the decade.. Penn was a given, there was never any question there, and as soon as I saw Mir's improved phsyique I knew Kongo wouldn't be able to fend off the takedown. What was truly shocking was watching the line drop on Penn from -300 to -240 before I placed my bet. Thanks ufc fan, you increased my payout.

I've been saying from the beginning that Diego is getting too much hype due to stellar performances against mediocre competition, and that him and bj are not in the same league. It's one thing to look impressive against clay guida (even though one of the judges actually gave that fight to clay), and beating the crap out of top guys like bj does. Just compare diego/stevenson and penn/stevenson, that should have answered any questions.
newdeal- December 14, 2009 at 4:37 am
I don't know why people try over and over again to take BJ down. Not only does it rarely ever work but once you get him on the ground do you honestly think you will win, the dude has some of the best jiujitsu in MMA...I think that once they realise their gameplan of standing with BJ isn't going to work they just push him against the cage to kill time and avoid being KTFO
BananaPancakes- December 14, 2009 at 4:26 am

So let me get this straight. You talk shit and level personal attacks in a forum that is supposed to have reasonable discussion, and if I call you out on it, I am a crybaby. Let me try this in a more gentle way. Your personal attacks are not appropriate in a serious MMA blog. If you want to have childish exchanges with people then you should go to Sherdog. Please stop being a douche.
Sully- December 13, 2009 at 11:47 pm
seriously,I cant be the only one who noticed that his fuckin eyebrow is falling off, come on guys. CAHHH MAHHNN
Frank Mur- December 13, 2009 at 11:21 pm
Who really wants to fight BJ right now? (at 155 anyway) He just made The Nightmare grow a vagina on his head and an extra eyebrow, And not to mention whatever trauma has obviously occurred to his mouth. I would like to see BJ take some time and Beg DW for a third shot at GSP. His chances aren't that great, but what are the chances of him being challenged at 155. Him vs GSP3 is a much more interesting fight.
robthom- December 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm
"I think unfortunately that Sanchez has more heart than brains, ..."

And thats what makes him a real murican.
Dyph- December 13, 2009 at 10:33 pm
I think unfortunately that Sanchez has more heart than brains, though I could likely make the same comparison to the spare change in my pocket and still come up a few quarters ahead. I would personally like to see the UFC absorb the WEC's 145 division, Penn is just very simply out of opponents. Anyone they threw at him now could likely end up sitting next to Sanchez at a bar off an unpleasant side street wondering how fate did them wrong until being thrown out by a barkeep who couldn't help but stare at the vagina on Diego's head for the last 5 hours while serving up shots of low brow Tequila.
robthom- December 13, 2009 at 9:52 pm
"I just look at it this way: At least Diego was man enough to come out in the 5th round. Other fighters have taken lesser beatings (since this was the "most lopsided ever") and not even bothered to come to fight for the 5th round."

I see what you did there. ;)
And I agree.
Arastmaus- December 13, 2009 at 9:49 pm
I'm not really much of a Pen fan, but that was sick. No idea who they are going to be able to put him up again next.
Dante- December 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm
510koaLa- December 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm
ufc fan is an idiot...diegos cornermen should be killed why the fuck did they keep tellin him to take bj down,even if he woulda took him down bj woulda submitted him..i actually thought he had a chance,i felt bad for diego after the second,he is a warrior tho anybody else woulda went down in the first..props to bj he is obviously the best of the best...nd i feel bad for ma boy guida =[
njb_1989- December 13, 2009 at 9:36 pm
Diego needs to go back to Greg Jackson.