Inducted into HOF(Modern Wing): July 11,2015
B.J. Penn is an American Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship and former UFC champion.In MMA, Penn has competed in featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight divisions.
Penn’s accomplishment in jiu-jitsu attracted the attention of the UFC, who convinced him to sign up for the promotion in 2001. Penn won his first three fights under the UFC banner and fought Jens Pulver in his fourth fight for the lightweight championship, losing bu majority decision. Penn’s next shot at UFC gold came at UFC 46 against welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Penn won the fight late in the first round with a rear-naked choke to secure his first UFC championship. Penn would be later stripped of this title due to breach of contract after signing with Japanese promotion K-1.
Penn fought for the K-1 promotion from May 2004 until July 2005. He returned to the UFC the following year and had two back-to-back title shots, first with Georges St. Pierre at UFC 58, the next against Matt Hughes at UFC 63. Penn lost to both opponents.
Following his loss to Hughes, Penn moved to lightweight where he would go on to win the vacant lightweight title at UFC 80 with a submission win over Joe Stevenson. Penn would defend the lightweight title three times before losing to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112.
Penn is the second of only four fighters in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes. Through his tenures as champion, Penn unofficially unified the UFC Lightweight Championship and broke the all-time lightweight title defense record.
Born: December 13, 1978
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Weight: 145 lb
Reach: 70 in
Division: Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Openweight
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing
Team: B.J. Penn’s MMA, Nova União, Jackson’s MMA, RVCA Training Centre
Total Fights: 30
By knockout: 7
By submission: 6
By decision: 3
By knockout: 4
By decision: 8
B.J. Penn Videos
Penn vs Diaz
Penn vs Stevenson
Penn vs Sanchez
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