Alistair Overeem and the 'BJ Penn Fallacy'

by Tim Marchman | source: sportsillustrated.cnn.com
 

Alistair Overeem, who owns about as many heavyweight titles he never defends as he does wins over impressive opponents, is a fraud. At those moments when you are tempted to think that fighting is, for all its bright promise, about the most thoroughly debased sport one can follow, think of this thick rope of Dutch muscle and despair.

This Saturday in Dallas, Overeem will take the first really serious fight he's had in four years, a quarterfinal bout in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. If he beats Fabricio Werdum, it will be, speaking generously, the fourth impressive win in a long career, and the first since 2006. That such things can be said of a man widely, if inexplicably, held to be one of the best heavyweights in the world makes him a fine example of what you might call the B.J. Penn Fallacy.

The Penn Fallacy occurs when a fighter is thought of as top rank despite there being no evidence that he is. It holds theory above practice and style above achievement, and lends support to all promoters who seek to carefully manicure the images of fighters who look or talk a part they can't actually play. It negates the very point of fighting, which is that it is a sport in which a man is wholly accountable for, and judged by, what actually happens in his fights. It is bad, and ought to be done away with.

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ABE FROMAN site profile image  

6/18/11 11:50 AM by ABE FROMAN

LOL, DO I HAVE TO OUTRIGHT OWN PEOPLE FOR THEM TO GET THE POINT?!!?!?!'UFC 134: Dana White pegs winner of Schaub vs Nogueira as 'in the mix' for heavyweight title hunt'

formulate site profile image  

6/18/11 11:11 AM by formulate

BJ is the best 2 round fighter in the game. if only fights were 2 rounds he'd be undefeated.Overeem has fought more, and better guys(guys at peak, not washed up) then all the UFC contenders combined. with the exception of Ben Rothwell and Nog. all the UFC guys have done is fight each other. thats a pretty limited pool.

malryan site profile image  

6/17/11 1:31 PM by malryan

this 'article' is actually one dudes opinion. he's done zero research and he's clearly only been watching MMA since 2007, anyone with any real knowledge of MMA history knows Penns place as one of the greatest ever. And to say he's not a legit threat at WW is ridiculous, he KO'd hughes in under a minute and fought to a draw with Fitch that i still think he won, i don't see how anyone scores the first 2 rounds for Fitch and the last round wasn't a 10-8.He's probably another couple of wins away from another shot at the title so to say he's not a contender is just stupid.Fuck this dude, and all the douchebags in this thread acting like cocks, some people seriously need to pull their heads in, it's crazy reading some of the shit that cunts talk.

lionsoul site profile image  

6/17/11 1:21 PM by lionsoul

Here we go again with another member of the GSP Kool-aid Crew...   BJ could easily do what GSP does already and fight at 145...  the day GSP becomes Champion at Light Heavyweight and Middleweight is the day you can compare him to what BJ has ALREADY DONE.

disbeliever site profile image  

6/17/11 1:12 PM by disbeliever

lmfao @ anyone calling Penn "mediocre at best" at ww. did he not just beat the shit of of the #2 ww in the world for 2 rounds and then end up drawing with him? Anyone claiming penn is mediocre is just retarded.That said: While thr article comes off as being written by a total douchebag, he makes some valid points behind his obvious hate.

sunderground site profile image  

6/17/11 12:59 PM by sunderground

Or why argue with an idiot and/or a troll......  Penn Edgar 2 as a "destruction" hahahahaha.   Another ex-wrestler point fighter with Lay Guida bunny rabbit head movement.   He sides with the dumbshit "journalist" who discovered MMA in the last 9 months after failing with baseball coverage.    

FSMA site profile image  

6/17/11 12:50 PM by FSMA

I find it amusing that two of the biggest GSP haters/BJ lovers are on here arguing over whether GSP demolished Penn lol.Face it; GSP made Penn QUIT like a little girl. He beat him so bad that BJ thought it was a better idea to QUIT than to continue. Plus this gem; GSP would do it even easier and faster if there where a 3rd fight. BJ @ 155 = Amazing,BJ @ 170 = Mediocre at best and anyone that would argue that is nothing more than a troll who can't face the facts.

Evilzpet site profile image  

6/17/11 12:03 PM by Evilzpet

This Tim Marchman is a serious faggot. This "article" is not even worthy of refutation and anybody who believes this dribble is not a true MMA fan. Boycotting SI, not that I buy their shit anyway.

lionsoul site profile image  

6/17/11 11:41 AM by lionsoul

Dude - don't argue with Ausgepicht.  He will claim that Penn is one of his favorite fighters and that his comments are just constructive criticism....  he has been pulling this schtick for a long time.  He is just butt-hurt that most people think GSP is a great wrestler... but mostly a point-fighter... despite his venerable W-L record.