stillmatic - BJ is an enigma. He has the mindset where he has 1 game plan and if it fails, he will keep trying regardless and will not go to a plan B.
He didn't even try to defend takedowns and his strategy was to strike from the guard. He had literally zero success there and still kept going back to it instead of getting back up or attempting a sub or sweep. That along with his upright and on his toes stance was just baffling to watch as a fan.
Strategically it just made zero sense, but that's BJ Penn. He's going to do things his way regardless of what anyone else thinks.
You know, there's actually something to be said for that, and that's what was taught when I first started training...to be relentless in what you want and never give up going after it.
When it works you look like a Goddamned genius and pitbull. But when it doesn't, people are obviously going to question why the fuck you didn't adapt.
I have always thought I recognized that in a few BJ losses...where it appeared he had a specific plan, and just because it got difficult to implement, he didn't abandoned it. He kept faith in that it would eventually work. When it didn't, obviously we question, "Why?"
They say everyone has a gameplan until they get punched in the face. I'm sure BJ knows this saying and probably tries to not let that happen...to not let his gameplan and what he trained for fall apart. But like I said, when you lose it looks highly questionable.