MMA By The Numbers: BJ Penn
Oct 30, 2011 - by staff
Jay Dee ‘B.J.’ Penn announced following his fight last night with Nick Diaz at UFC # 137 that he is retiring from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and mixed martial arts. The 32-year-old Kailua Hawaii native ended his 10-year mixed martial arts career which included an impressive 8-years competing in the UFC. Throughout his career he’s fought as a welterweight, lightweight and middleweight fighter and is only the second person in UFC history to win a world championship under two different weight classes. Known by his nickname ‘The Prodigy’, Penn specialized in both boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and was trained under Ralph Gracie.
His mixed martial arts career first began working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2001. He remained with the company until 2004 when he left as the Welterweight champion claiming a lack of challenging fights left for him with the organization. He signed with the Japanese Fighting & Entertainment Group K-1 and stayed with the organization until mid-2005. He then returned to the UFC where he continued fighting until his retirement.
Below we look at the mixed martial arts career of Jay Dee ‘B.J.’ Penn by the numbers…
Ultimate Fighting Championship:
* 20 Fights (5th Most All-Time) on UFC Pay-Per-View with a record of 12-6-2. (First Fight: UFC # 31 Vs Joey Gilberti Last Fight: UFC # 137 Vs Nick Diaz)
* 11 Main Event Fights (4th Most All-Time) on UFC Pay-Per-View. (First Main Event Fight: UFC # 35 Vs Jens Pulver Last Main Event Fight: UFC # 137 Vs Nick Diaz)
* 1 Fight on UFC The Ultimate Fighter with a record of 1-0.
* 1 Main Event Fight on UFC The Ultimate Fighter.