Monday, July 20, 2009

B.J. Penn is the best athlete in MMA?

By Steve Cofield

This jumping out of a pool thing has become pretty trendy. UFC lightweight champ B.J. Penn is the latest to pull it off on camera. Jarron Gilbert started it on YouTube. Gilbert, a third-round pick of the Bears in the 2009 NFL draft, is also seen in videos squatting and dead lifting 600-plus pounds.

As for Penn, if there's no editing trickery, the pool jump is impressive for a guy who is only 5-foot-9. But you have to assume most MMA fighters below heavyweight could do this, no? I wonder how many 155-185 pounders in MMA have this kind of leg strength and could actually dunk a basketball?

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