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Is Penn Too Old?

June 2, 2011 1 comment

Written by Jeanene V

BJ Penn’s next fight, scheduled against Jon Fitch in UFC 132 was tossed out with the trash due to Fitch’s shoulder surgery. Since then, fans have been wondering where Hawaii’s native son will focus his guns next. The answer came across an unlikely source: Twitter. What started out as joking on the social media website between two of UFC’s greatest fighters, has turned into what may be considered one of the best match-ups in UFC history. Fans may get their wish for a match featuring BJ Penn and Jake Shields.

The only question here is, does Penn have what it takes to give Shields a worthwhile fight? When does age become a major factor to a fighter’s training and performance? Shields is not the kind of opponent one should take lightly. Prior to losing to GSP, Shields had won 15 fights in a row. He is well known in the MMA world for his stamina and ability to take a punch. Whereas, Penn’s ability in the octagon has come under fire in the past year. Penn showed his punching power against Matt Hughes in UFC 123 with a solid knockout. But lacked stamina and faded out against Fitch in UFC 127, losing by decision.

So, how old is too old for mixed martial arts fighters? Living legend, Randy Couture will celebrate his 48th birthday on June 22nd and is still ready to sign on the dotted line. Couture was 43 years old the first time he came out of retirement to beat Tim Sylvia and become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Couture wasn’t as lucky last time around when he challenged Lyoto Machida in UFC 129. This time, Couture was knocked out with a front kick, lost a tooth and was briefly hospitalized. Knowing when to call it quits, Couture announced his permanent retirement before the bout.
Another example of a timeless warrior is newcomer, Hershel Walker. Although no stranger to professional sports, 49 year old Walker started his MMA career with a challenge to Dana White for mocking his ability to compete at his age. Walker has since silenced White with his 2-0 record, both wins by TKO. So does age really matter in the world of MMA? When do we say “enough is enough”?

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CSAC Deals Another Blow to Sonnen

May 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Chael Sonnen was dealt another devastating suspension yesterday at the hands of the California State Athletic Commission. The CSAC ruled 4-1 to uphold Sonnen’s indefinite suspension, citing non-truthful testimony given at the Commission’s hearing in regards to the high testosterone levels found in Sonnen’s blood test after the Silva fight. The Commission also mentioned his federal conviction on money laundering charges.

Sonnen’s initial suspension woul

d end on June 29 but under CSAC rules, he may not re-apply for a California fighting license until June 29, 2012.

In another turn of events, the UFC was solidifying the next season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show featuring Sonnen and Michael Bisping. The show features un-signed fighters coached by UFC fighters in an elimination style of training, leading up to a main event fight for a UFC contract and the coaches take their differences into the octagon.  Sonnen’s suspension has UFC mogul, Dana White, looking for a quick replacement. Although the TUF show and ultimately the showdown with Bisping would take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, generally state fighting commissions uphold other state’s rulings and punishments.

During testimony given at the CSAC’s ruling, Sonnen stated that his failure at receiving a California fighting license would ultimately lead to his premature retirement from mixed martial arts.

“If I don’t get my license today, “stated Sonnen, “I’m officially retired. And that came from the boss, Dana White.”

White, who is usually very vocal on the social media site, Twitter, remained quiet in regards to Sonnen’s suspension.

Written by: Jeanene S. Valentine