A.K.A: The Prodigy
Place of Birth: Hilo, Hawaii
B.J. Penn is regarded as one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world. In 1997, after training for less than a year, Penn entered his first BJJ tournament in Bakersfield, California where he not only took first in his weight class, but also won the open weight division as well. A couple years later Penn became the first non-Brazilian fighter in history to win the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Mundial) in the black belt category.
Penn is only the second fighter to win UFC titles in two different weight classes (the other being Randy Couture), having won the UFC Lightweight Championship and UFC Welterweight Championship.
MAJOR TITLES WON: UFC Lightweight Championship, UFC Welterweight Championship
NOTABLE VICTORIES: Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Joe Stevenson, Jens Pulver, Renzo Gracie, Matt Hughes (twice), Takanori Gomi, Matt Serra
NOTABLE LOSSES: Frankie Edgar (twice), Georges St-Pierre (twice), Matt Hughes, Lyoto Machida, Jens Pulver