Yahoo sports writer Kevin Iole recently made an appearance on Fight Game with Mike Straka. During the show Iole revealed that he’d recently spoken to famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach who explained to Iole that B.J. Penn has the best striking in MMA.
“I talked to Freddie Roach about B.J. last week and he told me by far…he said by far, B.J. Penn is the best striker he’s ever seen among MMA fighters and he thinks that if B.J. can get into a striking match with GSP, he would definitely win that.”
The legendary trainers assessment carries even more weight when you consider the fact that roach has worked with famed MMA strikers Andrei Arlovski and Anderson Silva.
The prospects that BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre end up in a pure striking match is highly doubtful. Both men possess too many skills in all other aspects of the fight game then to rely on one facet. But, Roach’s comments remain interesting and telling nonetheless.