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Jon Fitch Feels Like He’s Chasing BJ Penn’s Ghost

“It’s like chasing a ghost almost, hearing stories about a guy you’ve never gotten to work with or train with or anything. When I first came to AKA was shortly after B.J. had left, and everybody who had trained him or trained with him was still around, and he was a pretty amazing athlete, so you’ve got a lot of stories about some of the things he’s done and what he’s capable of… You kind of have this mythological thing in the gym because of B.J.’s presence there before, and it’s like you’re always trying to chase it. It’s kind of like having an older brother, and you always have to kind of live in his shadow a little bit.”

—Jon Fitch talking to Heavy.com about chasing BJ Penn’s ghost at AKA

I’m still torn on who to pick in Saturday’s night main event. I was leaning towards BJ Penn, but was a little surprised to see on Sherdog this morning that a collection of professional fighters and trainers are favoring Jon Fitch. I like Penn since he has so many tools to finish a fight, but Fitch sure is good at grinding out decisions against everyone not named Georges St. Pierre. I have to make a pick for MMA Moneyline’s pro picks, but since I can’t decide, I’m going to let you guys pick for me. Give me your pick below and I’ll tally them up tomorrow morning and send them over.

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