Jay Dee "B.J." Penn III (born December 13, 1978) is an American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Penn competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and in K-1. Penn was the first American Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. In mixed martial arts, Penn has competed in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, and Middleweight divisions. A former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, he is the second of seven fighters in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes. Penn was a [[List of UFC championsin the UFC 41 Lightweight Tournament, due to an eventual draw with Caol Uno in the tournament finale. Through his tenures as champion, Penn unofficially unified the UFC Lightweight Championship (against Sean Sherk) and broke the all-time lightweight title defense record. In 2015, Penn was made the inaugural inductee into the Modern- Era Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.Penn was considered one of the top pound-for-pound mixed martial artists in the world early in his career and holds victories over opponents such as Din Thomas, Caol Uno, Paul Creighton, and Matt Serra. Penn won the Rumble on the Rock Lightweight Championship in K-1. He submitted long-reigning then-champion Matt Hughes to capture the UFC Welterweight Championship.Following a period in which Penn competed exclusively for K-1, he returned to the UFC and won the UFC Lightweight Championship. He made a record three subsequent title defenses before losing his title to Frankie Edgar.UFC President, Dana White, credits Penn with bringing the lower weight divisions into the mainstream of mixed martial arts; he describes Penn as "the first crossover pay-per-view star for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's lighter weight divisions", as well as saying that "[through his] accomplishments, B.J. Penn built the 155-pound division".Penn is regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport.
His nickname "B.J." is a shortened version of another nickname "Baby Jay", which itself derives from the fact that Penn is the youngest of his brothers all named "Jay Dee Penn". B.J.'s father, who is Irish and English, named 3 of his 4 children "Jay Dee", while the fourth is Reagan. In order to avoid confusion each of the sons named "Jay Dee" goes by a nickname: "Jay" (Jay Dee Penn), "Jay Dee" (Jay Dee Penn II), and "Baby Jay" (Jay Dee Penn III). Penn's mother, Lorraine Shin, is of Korean descent.Being born in Hawaii, Penn takes much pride in his Hawaiian upbringing. Penn often plays Hawaiian music during his walk-out entrances, a combination of Hawaii ’78 into E Ala E, both performed by Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwoʻole as a tribute to his Hawaiian heritage and respect for his opponents, fans and the fight game. Penn has also stated that he identifies strongly with his Korean roots and has traveled to South Korea to hold seminars. He also said that he gets his hot temper from his Korean side which helps him use this energy in his fights.Penn has had two daughters with the same mother. He says that they have never married and "it doesn't matter that much in Hawaii."Penn is the co-author of Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge, an instructional book on mixed martial arts fighting. Penn, along with Dave Weintraub, authored the autobiography Why I Fight: The Belt is Just an Accessory in 2010. The book debuted at #22 on the New York Times bestseller list. Penn also appeared in the film Never Surrender in 2009.Penn was also the subject of a Paternity Lawsuit in relation to his daughter, Mahina Amado, approximately a year after the girl's birth.
Movies & TV shows
UFC 237: Namajunas vs. Andrade
Bantamweight: Irene Aldana (9-4) vs. Bethe Correia (10-3-1) | Welterweight: Thiago Alves (23-13) vs. Laureano Staropoli (8-1) | Featherweight: José Aldo (28-4) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (19-1) | Middl...
UFC Fight Night 103: Rodríguez vs. Penn
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UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs. Lee
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UFC Fight Night 97: Lamas vs. Penn
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The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale
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UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz
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UFC: Ultimate Matt Hughes
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UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch
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UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz
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Told through the eyes of two friends.
UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
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UFC 112: Invincible
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UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2
UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 28, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
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UFC Best of 2008
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UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
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UFC 101: Declaration
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UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2
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UFC 80: Rapid Fire
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Renzo Gracie: Legacy
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UFC 84: Ill Will
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UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn
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UFC 58: USA vs. Canada
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UFC 46: Supernatural
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UFC Ultimate Knockouts
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UFC 41: Onslaught
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UFC 37: High Impact
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UFC 35: Throwdown
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UFC 39: The Warriors Return
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UFC 31: Locked & Loaded
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UFC 32: Showdown In The Meadowlands
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UFC 34: High Voltage
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