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Martial Arts Background:
Like all MMA fighters, Penn also trains as a stand up fighter. In fact, he is excellent in that capacity as well.
He is one of the greatest submission fighters of all-time.
B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes:
But Penn’s jiu jitsu advantage was very apparent when he won that fight by first round rear naked choke. After leaving the UFC to fight in Japan and losing his title because of this, Penn eventually came back to take Hughes on again at UFC 63. Though Penn battered him with strikes early on and almost pulled out a submission in the second round, Hughes came back to win by TKO.
Penn is also one of the authors behind the MMA instructional book, Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge.
Five Defining Moments:
- Penn was the first non-Brazilian native to win gold in the black belt category at the World Jiu Jitsu Championships (also known as the Mundials).
- His submission victory over Matt Hughes at UFC 46 caused people to realize just how good his submission game was.
- Lyoto Machida is currently a contender in the UFC light heavyweight division. However, he was unable to stop the much lighter Penn during a decision victory over him in 2005.
- When Penn defeated Joe Stevenson at UFC 80, he finally achieved the UFC Lightweight Championship belt that had eluded him against Jens Pulver back at UFC 35.