For years, B.J. Penn had dominated the lightweight division.  His complete domination of the division earned him the moniker of “greatest lightweight ever.”  He was even regarded by many as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world.  The only thing that held him back from being one of the best fighters of all times was his training.  Throughout his career, there were times when he did not take his training seriously.  Penn, who became the first American to win the World Jiu Jitsu Championship, relied on his natural talent to win fights.  Penn had good punching power and was able to use that and his Jui Jitsu to rise to the top without ever having to train very hard.  As the sport began to evolve and Penn suffered some key losses, he learned that not only did he need to train hard, but he needed to take his training seriously.  It was these changes that brought him back to the forefront of the lightweight division

At UFC 118, Penn lost to Frankie Edgar for the second straight time and will have to rethink his career.  So what’s next for Penn, how does he climb back up the mountain of the lightweight division?  First and foremost, it is time for him to change his training camp.  For years, Penn has been the best fighter in his camp and though he has brought in other fighters to train with him, Penn has always been the best in his gym.  With the sport continuing to evolve it is time that Penn evolves with it.  In order to do that he needs to change up his training camp.  It is time for him to leave Hawaii and come to the main land and train with some of the gyms here.  While he does not need to abandon training in Hawaii all together, it is time for him to train with some of the different fighters that these gyms have to offer.  By making this change he will be able to continue to evolve with the sport and again become one of the dominant fighters in the division.

If Penn does not make some changes with his training and his camp, he is going to continue to drop.  This was evidenced during his recent loss to Edgar.  His corner offered him nothing during this fight.  They gave him no advice between rounds and told him to continue what he was doing even when it was evident that he was losing the fight.  His corner was very similar during his first loss as well.  If he does not start to work with some different coaches, trainers and training partners, he will not get any better and he will continue to get bad advice from his corner.  If, however he decides to make these or similar changes he will be able to return to dominance.

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Josh Davis
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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.