BJ
Penn
16-9-2( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 28 fights.
Record: 16-9-2
Summary: Excellent submissions, strong standup

Fighter Info

Nickname: The Prodigy
From: Kailua, HI USA
Age: 35
Height: 5' 9" ( 175 cm )
Weight: 145 lb ( 65 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
1721
50% Successful
858
Types of Successful Strikes
0
858
59% Standing
23%
18%
507
195
156
Striking Defense
57
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
45
58% Successful
26
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
12
43
1
Takedown Defense
78
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
UPCOMING
Frankie Edgar
TUF 19 Finale
Jul 6, 2014
-- -- -- -- --
BJ Penn -- -- -- --
Loss
BJ Penn Dec 8, 2012
24 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Rory MacDonald 116 1 0 0
Loss
BJ Penn Oct 29, 2011
88 1 0 1 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Nick Diaz 178 0 0 0
Draw
BJ Penn Feb 26, 2011
12 2 1 2 R3 Decision - Majority
Jon Fitch 47 4 0 0
Win
Matt Hughes Nov 20, 2010
3 0 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
BJ Penn 7 0 0 0
Frankie Edgar Aug 28, 2010
94 3 0 1 R5 Decision - Unanimous
BJ Penn 36 2 0 0
BJ Penn Apr 10, 2010
71 0 0 0 R5 Decision - Unanimous
Frankie Edgar 61 1 0 0
BJ Penn Dec 12, 2009
70 0 0 0 R5 TKO - Doctor's Stoppage
Diego Sanchez 8 0 0 0
BJ Penn Aug 8, 2009
57 1 1 4 R4 Submission
Kenny Florian 19 0 0 0
Georges St-Pierre Jan 31, 2009
92 4 0 10 R4 KO/TKO
BJ Penn 16 0 0 0
BJ Penn May 24, 2008
122 0 0 0 R3 KO/TKO
Sean Sherk 46 0 0 0
BJ Penn Jan 19, 2008
41 0 1 5 R2 Submission
Joe Stevenson 17 0 0 0
Win
BJ Penn Jun 23, 2007
23 3 3 7 R2 Submission
Jens Pulver 6 0 0 0
Matt Hughes Sep 23, 2006
35 1 0 2 R3 KO/TKO
BJ Penn 17 0 2 1
Loss
Georges St-Pierre Mar 4, 2006
59 4 0 0 R3 Decision - Split
BJ Penn 37 1 1 0
Win
BJ Penn
K-1 World Grand Prix Hawaii
Jul 9, 2005
36 1 0 4 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Renzo Gracie 16 1 0 0
Loss
Lyoto Machida
K-1 Hero's 1
Mar 26, 2005
53 3 0 2 R3 Decision - Unanimous
BJ Penn 32 1 0 1
Win
BJ Penn
ROTR 6
Nov 20, 2004
31 0 0 5 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Rodrigo Gracie 7 0 0 0
Win
BJ Penn
K-1 ROMANEX
May 22, 2004
6 1 1 2 R1 Submission
Duane Ludwig 0 0 0 0
BJ Penn Jan 31, 2004
17 0 1 5 R1 Submission
Matt Hughes 4 0 0 0
Win
BJ Penn
ROTR 4
Oct 10, 2003
42 4 1 8 R3 Submission
Takanori Gomi 13 2 2 0
Draw
BJ Penn Feb 28, 2003
67 5 0 10 R5 Decision - Split
Caol Uno 64 6 1 3
Win
BJ Penn Sep 27, 2002
32 1 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Matt Serra 8 1 1 0
Win
BJ Penn May 10, 2002
39 0 0 1 R2 KO/TKO
Paul Creighton 6 3 0 0
Jens Pulver Jan 11, 2002
38 1 0 3 R5 Decision - Majority
BJ Penn 49 7 2 2
Win
BJ Penn Nov 2, 2001
5 1 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
Caol Uno 0 0 0 0
Win
BJ Penn Jun 29, 2001
6 0 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
Din Thomas 1 1 0 0
Win
BJ Penn May 4, 2001
22 2 0 5 R1 KO/TKO
Joey Gilbert 3 0 0 0

Biography

TRAINING: My camp is in Honolulu for this fight, and we definitely brought in some good sparring partners.

When and why did you start training for fighting?
A tae kwon do instructor moved near my house in 96. He took a few private lessons in jiu-jitsu. I never did tae kwon do. He saw me and my friends hanging out around the neighborhood and asked my father to have them come wrestle with him. I never wanted to go and one day my dad was like if you don’t go he won’t stop asking me. So I did it to please my dad. When I went there he tapped me out and my mind started rolling and never stopped.

What ranks and titles have you held? Former UFC Lightweight Champion. Former UFC Welterweight Champion. Rumble on the Rock lightweight champion. I am the most decorated jiu-jitsu athlete in America. I am the first non-Brazilian to win the world championships at the black belt level. Received Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from Andre Pederneiras.

Do you have any heroes? I have had so many and still do. It wouldn’t be fair to say just one.  I have new influences everyday in life and fighting.

What is your favorite technique? My heart and mind are my most important things.  I know it doesn’t sound too original but I will prepare properly for each fight and never give up.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It feels great fighting in the UFC.  When I was younger that is the only place I wanted to fight professionally.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
I went to school to learn some wrestling but wasn’t too serious about the academics.

What was your job before you started fighting? None.
Making History:  Only fighter to ever win both the UFC lightweight and welterweight titles
 
Aloha: One of Hawaii’s most popular and revered athletes, walks out to Hawaii island music as a tribute to fellow Hawaiians (and his walkout is among the UFC's best).
 
Say what?   First non-Brazilian to win a BJJ world title at the black belt level (earned his black belt from renowned MMA and BJJ instructor Andre Pederneiras). Earned his BJJ black belt in three years, an astonishing achievement in a sport where it takes the average athlete 10 years or more to reach black belt status (hence the nickname “The Prodigy”). Deft submission skills make him one of the sport’s most feared fighters on the mat. Boasts extraordinary flexibility and balance, very stout takedown defense.
 
Time to Throwdown: Respected for his boxing skills, owns one of the UFC’s best jabs, a reliable chin, and rarely bleeds.
 
A Who's Who: Owns wins over Matt Hughes (2004), Sean Sherk, Diego Sanchez, Takanori Gomi, Kenny Florian, Joe Stevenson, Jens Pulver and Renzo Gracie, among others. A true warrior who is always willing to test his limits, B.J. has fought as high as 205 pounds, against Lyoto Machida (a decision loss)!

Career

Trained With

Matt Hughes
Matt Hughes
46-9-0
( W-L-D )

Key Opponents

Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre
25-2-0
( W-L-D )
Frankie Edgar
Frankie Edgar
15-4-1
( W-L-D )

Key Fights

Result
Opponent
Event
Replay
Win
Sean Sherk UFC® 84 ILL WILL
Win
Sean Sherk UFC® 84 ILL WILL

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