BJ
Penn
16-10-2( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 28 fights.
Record: 16-10-2
Summary: Excellent submissions, strong standup, two division world champion

Fighter Info

Nickname: The Prodigy
From: Kailua, HI USA
Fights Out Of: Hilo, Hawaii USA
Age: 36
Height: 5' 9" ( 175 cm )
Weight: 145 lb ( 65 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
1787
49% Successful
871
Types of Successful Strikes
0
871
60% Standing
22%
18%
520
195
156
Striking Defense
56
%
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
75
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Loss
BJ Penn
Jul 6, 2014
90
13
3
0
0
0
3
0
R3 KO/TKO
Loss
BJ Penn
Dec 8, 2012
24
116
0
1
0
0
0
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
DRAW
BJ Penn
Feb 26, 2011
12
47
2
4
1
0
2
0
R3 Decision - Majority
Win
BJ Penn
Nov 20, 2010
3
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
BJ Penn
Aug 28, 2010
94
36
3
2
0
0
1
0
R5 Decision - Unanimous
BJ Penn
Apr 10, 2010
71
61
0
1
0
0
0
0
R5 Decision - Unanimous
BJ Penn
Dec 12, 2009
70
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
R5 TKO - Doctor's Stoppage
BJ Penn
Aug 8, 2009
57
19
1
0
1
0
4
0
R4 Submission
BJ Penn
Jan 31, 2009
92
16
4
0
0
0
10
0
R4 KO/TKO
BJ Penn
May 24, 2008
122
46
0
0
0
0
0
0
R3 KO/TKO
BJ Penn
Jan 19, 2008
41
17
0
0
1
0
5
0
R2 Submission
Win
BJ Penn
Jun 23, 2007
23
6
3
0
3
0
7
0
R2 Submission
BJ Penn
Sep 23, 2006
35
17
1
0
0
2
2
1
R3 KO/TKO
Loss
BJ Penn
Mar 4, 2006
59
37
4
1
0
1
0
0
R3 Decision - Split
Win
BJ Penn
K-1 World Grand Prix Hawaii
Jul 9, 2005
36
16
1
1
0
0
4
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Loss
BJ Penn
K-1 Hero's 1
Mar 26, 2005
53
32
3
1
0
0
2
1
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
BJ Penn
Rodrigo Gracie
ROTR 6
Nov 20, 2004
31
7
0
0
0
0
5
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
BJ Penn
K-1 ROMANEX
May 22, 2004
6
0
1
0
1
0
2
0
R1 Submission
BJ Penn
Jan 31, 2004
17
4
0
0
1
0
5
0
R1 Submission
Win
BJ Penn
ROTR 4
Oct 10, 2003
42
13
4
2
1
2
8
0
R3 Submission
DRAW
BJ Penn
Feb 28, 2003
67
64
5
6
0
1
10
3
R5 Decision - Split
Win
BJ Penn
Sep 27, 2002
32
8
1
1
0
1
0
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
BJ Penn
May 10, 2002
39
6
0
3
0
0
1
0
R2 KO/TKO
BJ Penn
Jan 11, 2002
38
49
1
7
0
2
3
2
R5 Decision - Majority
Win
BJ Penn
Nov 2, 2001
5
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
Win
BJ Penn
Jun 29, 2001
6
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
Win
BJ Penn
May 4, 2001
22
3
2
0
0
0
5
0
R1 KO/TKO

Biography

TRAINING: We definitely brought in some good sparring partners for a great training camp.

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. The Ultimate Fighter season five and season 19 coach.

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
•    Made three successful lightweight title defenses before losing to Edgar.

•    One of the few fighters of the modern era to make his pro MMA debut in the UFC.

•    One of only two fighters (Randy Couture is the other) to win UFC titles in two weight classes – lightweight and welterweight. 

•    Has fought at heavyweight against Lyoto Machida

•    Seven wins by TKO / KO, six by submission (five of six submission wins were by rear naked choke)

•    3-7-2 in fights that go the distance. 13-3 in fights that end before the final bell.

•    Has been five rounds four times (Edgar (twice), Pulver and Uno)

•    Has faced Machida, Takanori Gomi, Duane Ludwig, Renzo Gracie and Rodrigo Gracie in non-UFC bouts.

•    Only fighter to ever win both the UFC lightweight and welterweight titles

•    One of Hawaii’s most popular and revered athletes

•    A top-flight fighter who comes from an affluent family

•    First non-Brazilian to win a BJJ world title at the black belt level

•    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

•    Respected for his boxing skills, owns one of the UFC’s best jabs, a reliable chin, and rarely bleeds

•    Owns wins over Matt Hughes (twice), 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)!

•    Boasts extraordinary flexibility and balance, very stout takedown defense, when fresh and not fatigued

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
18-4-1
( W-L-D )

Key Fights

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

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