45 Facts About BJ Penn

1. BJ Penn lands 66.7 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC lightweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.

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2. BJ Penn is one of five fighters in UFC history to win championships in two weight classes.

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3. BJ Penn had virtually nothing to offer Edgar as the latter had all the right answers, pounding his opponent for two-plus rounds before finally forcing referee Herb Dean to halt the contest at the 4:16 mark of round three.

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4. BJ Penn had his rightful place into the UFC Hall of Fame in July 2015 as his legacy was enshrined in the exclusive class' Modern Era wing, which recognizes fighters who turned professional on or after November 17, 2000 when the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts were introduced to the sport.

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5. BJ Penn had a change of heart when he started to pursue a career in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before eventually transitioning to MMA.

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6. BJ Penn had fond impressions of his stay in the country after receiving a warm reception from Filipino UFC fans.

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7. BJ Penn disclosed his usage of IV in the pre-fight drug test, which is prohibited by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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8. BJ Penn is a vocal advocate for drug testing in MMA and became one of the few prizefighters who took the initiative to introduce an independent body in the sport to coordinate and monitor the campaign against performance-enhancing drugs with the help of of Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).

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9. BJ Penn made history in the year 2000 when he became the first non-Brazilian to win in the black-belt division of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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10. BJ Penn is known for changing the sport's landscape in the early 2000s as he proved that lightweight fighters could be box-office draws.

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11. BJ Penn is one of the legends of this sport and helped build this company.

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12. BJ Penn began the fight by applying the pressure on Hall and landed a few right hands.

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13. BJ Penn took the fight to his opponent from the opening horn.

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14. BJ Penn often plays Hawaiian music during his walk-out entrances, a combination of Hawaii '78 into E Ala E, both performed by Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwoʻole as a tribute to his Hawaiian heritage and respect for his opponents, fans and the fight game.

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15. BJ Penn lost the one-sided fight via TKO in the second round.

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16. BJ Penn was briefly expected to return in April 2016 at UFC 197.

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17. BJ Penn built that weight class and he was responsible for helping build the UFC.

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18. BJ Penn lost the one sided bout by TKO in the third round.

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19. BJ Penn deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame, stating that he was a pioneer for the lightweight division, at a time when many believed that there couldn't be any stars at 155 pounds.

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20. BJ Penn turned down a fight with the reigning Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, Gilbert Melendez, and that Penn wants to continue at 170 pounds "whenever he is ready".

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21. BJ Penn said, "I want to thank all the fans for their love and support.

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22. BJ Penn lost via unanimous decision after winning the first round by crisp boxing as well as mixing in a takedown against the former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion, but was unable to mount any significant offense or defense against Diaz's stand-up attack in the remaining two rounds.

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23. BJ Penn relocated his camp to Southern California in an effort to prepare for the bout.

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24. BJ Penn surprised Fitch by taking him to the ground instead of using his stand up skills.

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25. BJ Penn earned knockout of the night honors for his performance.

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26. On his feet, BJ Penn avoided virtually any damage, constantly stuffing or evading any attempts of a left high kick, punches, or elbows from Florian when the two departed from the clinch.

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27. BJ Penn requested more time off after his fight with GSP.

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28. BJ Penn began negotiations to fight Kenny Florian in the summer of 2009.

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29. BJ Penn went on record as accepting the offer for a re-match.

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30. BJ Penn landed jabs several times, utilizing his reach advantage over Sherk.

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31. BJ Penn worked to back mount and defeated him by rear naked choke at 4:02 of the second round to win the Lightweight Championship.

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32. BJ Penn knocked Stevenson down seconds into the first round with a right uppercut, then took Stevenson down, delivering a well placed elbow from the top position that inflicted a serious cut near Stevenson's hairline.

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33. BJ Penn won with a rear naked choke in the second round after controlling Pulver from the mount and then taking Pulver's back.

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34. BJ Penn was a coach for The Ultimate Fighter 5, which aired on April 5, 2007.

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35. BJ Penn was visibly different in the third round, appearing exhausted and missing punches he was landing earlier.

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36. BJ Penn won by decision, extending his winning streak to four fights.

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37. BJ Penn filed a motion to stop the UFC from awarding a new welterweight title, but that motion was denied.

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38. BJ Penn filed a suit against the UFC and publicized his side of the conflict, claiming his UFC contract had already expired.

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39. BJ Penn made his mixed martial arts debut with the company on May 24, 2001, with a win over Joey Gilbert at UFC 31.

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40. BJ Penn is thought to have earned the fastest legitimate black belt of all active Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners.

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41. In 1999, at the age of 20, BJ Penn finished 3rd, earning himself a bronze medal in the brown belt division, losing only to Fernando "Terere" Augusto, and in 1998, earned a silver medal, placing 2nd in the blue belt division.

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42. At the age of 17, BJ Penn began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after being introduced to it by his neighbor, Tom Callos.

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43. BJ Penn made a record three subsequent title defenses; defeating uncrowned champion Sean Sherk and challengers Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez before losing his title to Frankie Edgar in a disputed decision.

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44. BJ Penn emerged as one of the top pound-for-pound mixed martial artists in the world early in his career, defeating opponents that included Din Thomas, Caol Uno, Paul Creighton, and Matt Serra.

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45. BJ Penn was a Co-champion in the UFC 41 Lightweight Tournament, due to an eventual draw opposite Caol Uno in the tournament finale.

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