UFC 85: BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk

BJ Penn

UFC President Dana White stated at a post UFC 80 press conference, that Former UFC lightweight Champion Sean Sherk will face Current UFC lightweight Champion BJ Penn at an unannounced fight sometime in May.

This will be BJ Penn’s firsts title defence after claiming the lightweight title by defeating Joe Stevenson at UFC 80.

UFC 85 is rumored to me May 25 in Las Vegas, but don’t be surprised if the UFC plans another event around Cinco De Mayo (May 5).

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  1. Adam N

    May 1, 2008 at 12:50 am

    little bit, i guess youre right.

    We could compare these two fighters for eternity but we must wait for the fight.

    If Sherk wins, i will celebrate big time.

    I wish both fighters good luck

  2. tom

    May 1, 2008 at 2:39 am

    i do think sherk will win and its going to be a great fight

  3. little bit

    May 2, 2008 at 8:12 am

    I will celebrate too, Adam.

  4. rhys

    May 4, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    i think it will be a close fight with alot of clinching against the cage, and sherk being in bjs guard pulling out of submissions. bjs best bet to drop sherk on his ass is to use his lightning hands, he will probably expend too much energy trying to take him down. If bj can get sherk on his back, sherk is going to be in alot of trouble, BUT hermes couldnt hold him down for more then 20 seconds, so it could be a test for bj. If sherk takes him down, he needs to avoid penns rubber guard and keep his posture high at all times, regularly throwing off short elbows and punches, and using the momentum of the strikes to try and pass, he will likely be unsuccessfull, but he at least needs to try if he doesnt want to be stood up. To win this, bj needs to stay off of the cage and circle, keep a good distance from sherk and throw jabs and right hands, time when sherk is going to shoot and hit him hard with a cross or a knee, and use this to either put sherk on his back or take his back. If penn takes sherks back, sherk might as well tap out there and then because bjs back control is absolutely world class. Joe Daddy is the only one that comes to mind that was able to escape his back mount, but he is a phenomenal grappler himself. my prediction, sherk via unanimous decision. penn will impose his will in the earlier rounds but sherk will still get takedowns, eventually penn will get frustrated from being on his back for so long, he will try and stand up but sherk will hold him down, and then sherks vastly superior gas tank will be proven, penn will gass and be very passive for the rest of the fight, and sherk will lay on top and throw elbows and punches. sherk has proven he can avoid submission. The two title fights hes been in involved bjj blackbelts, and very skilled black belts at that.

  5. Adam N

    May 5, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Great fight analys rhys! I agree 100%, i think Sherk wins by unanimous decision.

    But just like you say, if penn get´s sherks back it might be over.

    But we havn´t seen Sherk in that situation before, hopefully (and i think he does) sherk trains alot for that specific situation, but i guess his sparring partners dont have the same skills as Penn, but who got that?

    I hate the waiting,i want too see this fight now.

  6. Seane J

    May 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Man… there is a whole lot of people here that are blind Zuffa fans. Yes, Sherk beat BJJ guys that are great, but Penn is a phenom! Sherk had a great pace in his fights, but the guy was on juice! It makes me angry that he won't fess up either. Like what is his argument??? No someone else pissed in there for me?!! Roid rage or not, Penn should win unless Sherk gets lucky. BJ deserves this title WAY more than that cheater anyway.

  7. Seane J

    May 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Oh yeah…. SHERK SHOULD NOT EVEN BE FIGHTING FOR THE TITLE!!! Cheaters should fight Melvin Guillard or something. Or better yet, Sherk should start with Clementi. Sherk looks like Shrek…

  8. Wayne

    May 5, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I say fuck it and let em do as much steroids as they can jab in their arms. I would love to see a bunch of mutant He-Man retards in the octagon ripping each others arms off and beating each other with them. Its not like MMA is a refined sport. Its just a couple of bags of human meat trying to knock the shit out of each other.

  9. stewart

    May 18, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Sherk has the body condition as well as the skills, i do love to watch him fight, but in this one, my money is on BJ Penn

  10. true mma fan

    May 23, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    wow we have alot of bj haters in this one ok first of all matt hughs is a way more talented and powerful wrestler then sherk is or ever will be and you all saw what penn did to hinm in fight 1 and 2 if hughs couldn't get penn to the ground how will sherk yes penn did have a lazy training method befor and he beat hughs with that same method by pure unadulterated fighting ability. second when penn fought gsp 4 months after gsp demolished sherk penn won the stand up and gsp was barley able to take penn down now here is the situation penn can find a training partner to mimic sherk but sherk will never be able to find a bjj artist who would ever come close to bj's skill set.

    and as for the thing with bj wanting sovereignty for hawaii if you were to do your homework on how the hawaiian islands were made part of the great united states you would understand what he is talking about they stole the land from the hawaiians assasinated the king and hels the queen prisoner in her own castle till she fell ill and died so do your homework befor you comment about shit you have no clue about

    also penn has been training all out since he lost to hughs so cardio shouldn't be a factor also franca should have won the fight with sherk but also judges most of the time are retarded

  11. kom34

    May 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    i agree that sherk shouldn't even be fighting for the title. not just for mma but for him. if he doesn't want to be booed for fights to come then he should have just had at least one tune up fight. at least that shows some type of punishment.

    i think penn is going to come into the fight in the best shape of his life. i'd never count sherk out because he is a freak, but i hope he looks to finish with some ground and pound. i don't think he will win the stand up or a bjj game with penn.

    this has been a long time in the making and i'm sick of chatting. i'm ready to see this thing already.

  12. Isaac

    May 23, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Well said, "true mma fan!" I agree with everything you said. I just got through re-watching all of Sherks UFC bouts and i have to say I wasn't impressed with his fights at all. To me he's just not on the same level as Hughes, GSP, and certainly not BJ. He is a tough bastard and a good fighter but not a great fighter. BJ is gonna own Sherk.

  13. Adam N

    May 23, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I dont agree with you guys.

    Bj Penn won by submission over Matt Hughes in the 1st fight and almost in the 2nd, but Sean Sherk got better submission defens than Matt hughes.

    Not only did Bj Penn submit Hughes but GSP did and Dennis Hallman aswell.

    Sherk wont get caught in a submission as easy as hughes,thats for sure.

    Matt Hughes might be a better wrestler in ww but i think that Sean sherk is better in lw than ww.

    We dont have to wait much longer to see who the winner will be.

    Sean Sherk by TKO in round 4.

  14. Isaac

    May 24, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    OOhhh…I love this part, this is where I get to rub BJ's win in the face of all the Sherk lovers! Like I've done in his last couple fights.

    Now do you guys realize that BJ is a fuckin great fighter?!! Now do you realize that just because you train really really hard and have insane workouts does NOT mean you'll win against an opponent with phenomenal skills and natural fighting ability?!

    BJ controlled the whole fight and was winning every round. The knee to the head was sweet and the fact that BJ called the fight himself and said "He's done!" was icing on the cake.

    I know a lot of people don't like BJ because they say he's cocky. He's all about getting in the head of his opponent! It's part of the game! As you can see after all his fights he's cool with the other guy.

    BJ Penn FTW!!!!!

  15. Adam N

    May 24, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I must say Bj penn impressed me in this fight, he showed that he got the heart for the first time against a top fighter.

    Im sorry for Sean Sherk, but he waited to long for the takedown, wich he is best at.

    He was afraid to fail with his takedowns in this fight, wich i can understand cuz Bj penn could get his back.

    He wanted to wait to the 4th round to take him down, but that uppercut and that knee stopped that.

    Bj really used his reach advantage in this fight, cuz i think that was his only chance of winning the fight.

    He never really tried to take Sherk down once in this fight, cuz we all know that Sherk is stronger than Penn on the ground.

    It will be very interesting to se if Penn will get his rematch against GSP.

    If that happens, it might be the top 5 best fights in the UFC history.

    GSP is one of my favorit fighter so i have to go with him in that fight.

  16. Rizzel

    May 27, 2008 at 5:45 am

    TOLD YA'LL (comment 86)!!!!!!!! If you have any knowledge of the stand up game, you knew what would happen. If you watched his fights against GSP, and Hughes, you knew what would happen. Now, if your name in "ADAM N" or "little bit" you haven't a clue as to what you're talking about.

    Seriously, look at Sherk vs. GSP, then look at BJ Penn vs. GSP………… What were ya'll thinking.

    As for a rematch against GSP….. Penn will take that one as well. He won it the first time (judges were idiots int hat one). How GSP got the "W" on that one on is still beyond me. Rounds 1 and 2 were 100% Penn.

    *** The crowd chanting Steroids was awesome!

  17. kom34

    May 27, 2008 at 5:50 am

    i think bj penn would beat gsp too. he did good in their first fight and now he is more focused and in better shape. i dont think dana will even consider this fight until both of them have at least one more title defense.

  18. roy

    May 27, 2008 at 6:15 am

    i think b.j would beat gsp but it would be a tough fight, i also don't think dana will let it happen for a long time he wants to keep them in there own devisions to not burn one of his big draws.

  19. Adam N

    May 27, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I knew from the start that Bj Penn would be hard to take down,and his stand up is better than sherks cuz of his reach advantage.

    So Rizzel you say that me and little bit dont have a clue of what we were talking about?

    Well both me and little bit knew that Bj Penn would use his reach advantage in this fight to win, i dont think we said anything about Bj not being the better stand up guy.

    Bj Penn did controll this fight but he didn´t destroy Sherk like a lot of you other guys said, Bj Penn winner by submission in the 1st round.

    Penn vs Stevenson deja vu.

    That didn´t happen, cuz Bj Penn knew that Sean Sherk is stronger than him on the ground and thats why he choose not to try to take the fight to the ground.

    Sherk is a great fighter, but to beat Penn you must have better stand up.

    Thats why i think that a fight between Penn and GSP could be one of the best fights in the UFC.

    Maybe you are right, perhaps Dana wants to wait for this fight to happen,maybe some time next year.

  20. mike paahana

    May 28, 2008 at 4:47 am

    sean should just come out of the closet and admit he is gay

  21. tasi ortiz

    May 28, 2008 at 7:54 am

    dat was a animal knee.i like bj's style.he kicks ass.

  22. Adam N

    May 28, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    mike paahana that what very immature, Sean got a wife and kids so i dont think that he is gay.

  23. STEVEO

    May 29, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I am wasn't really a big Penn fan but wow. Sherk had no business even being in the ring. As far as going for the take down goes, I don't think it would have mattered because he should have tried as opposed to eating about 3,000 jabs. AND SERIOUSLY IF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING INTELLIGENT TO SAY JUST DONT COMMENT!!!

    GSP and Penn would be a great fight pure athletism against pure skills. would be a hell of a fight to see. P.S. Fitch doesn't have a prayer.

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