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Team BJ Penn's MMA
Age 40
Gender Male
Height 5' 9"
Weight Class Lightweight

BJ Penn is an American professional MMA fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. In 2000, Penn became the first American-born winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black-belt category. Penn is the second fighter in UFC history to win UFC titles in two different weight classes. He won the UFC Welterweight Championship against Matt Hughes by rear naked choke on January 31, 2004 and the UFC Lightweight Championship against Joe Stevenson by rear naked choke on January 19, 2008. Penn has been labeled one of the best lightweight fighters in the world by numerous MMA media outlets. Penn also appeared as a coach on the reality show, The Ultimate Fighter 5.

Professional Career Statistics

Pro Record 16-14-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Career Length 18 years
Rounds Fought 83.1
Avg. Fights/Year 1.8
Longest Layoff 2 years, 6 months, 9 days
Quickest Turnaround 1 month, 25 days

Record BreakDown

- KO/TKO SUB DEC
Wins 7 6 3
Losses 4 1 9
Finish Rate 81.3%
Finished Rate 35.7%
Win by Decision Rate 18.8%
Loss by Decision Rate 64.3%
Win by KO Rate 43.8%
Loss by KO Rate 28.6%
Win by SUB Rate 37.5%
Loss by SUB Rate 7.1%
Win Method
Loss Method

Current Streak

7 Losses

Quick Hits

Fastest Win 00:11
Fastest KO 00:11
Fastest SUB 01:45
Ave. Rounds (Ws) 1.9
Ave. Length of Fight (Ws) 09:38
Ave. Rounds (Ls) 3.2
Ave. Length of Fight (Ls) 15:48
Finish Rounds
Finished Rounds

Official Professional Fight Record

Date Opponent Weightclass Method Round Time
Official MMA Fight Results 05/11/2019 L
(16-13-2)
Clay Guida
(34-18-0)
LW
(155.0 vs. 153.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 237
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 12/29/2018 L
(16-12-2)
Ryan Hall
(6-0-0)
LW
(156.0 vs. 154.0)
Submission (Heel Hook)
UFC 232: JONES vs. GUSTAFSSON 2
1 2:46
Official MMA Fight Results 06/25/2017 L
(16-11-2)
Dennis Siver
(23-11-0)
FTW
(146.0 vs. 146.0)
Decision (Majority Decision)
UFC Fight Night: Cheisa vs. Lee
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 01/15/2017 L
(16-10-2)
Yair Rodriguez
(9-0-0)
FTW
(146.0 vs. 145.0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage)
UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn
2 0:24
Official MMA Fight Results 07/06/2014 L
(16-9-2)
Frankie Edgar
(15-4-1)
FTW
(145.0 vs. 145.5)
TKO/RSC
UFC TUF 19 Finale: Penn vs Edgar
3 4:16
Official MMA Fight Results 12/08/2012 L
(16-8-2)
Rory MacDonald
(13-1-0)
WW
(168.2 vs. 170.2)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 10/29/2011 L
(16-7-2)
Nick Diaz
(26-7-0)
WW
(169.0 vs. 170.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 137 : Penn vs. Diaz
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 02/27/2011 D
(16-7-1)
Jon Fitch
(23-3-0)
WW
(168.0 vs. 170.0)
Draw (Majority Draw)
UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 11/20/2010 W
(15-7-1)
Matt Hughes
(43-7-0)
WW
(169.0 vs. 169.0)
KO
UFC 123: Jackson vs. Machida
1 0:21
Official MMA Fight Results 08/28/2010 L
(15-6-1)
Frankie Edgar
(12-1-0)
LW
(154.0 vs. 154.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2
5 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 04/10/2010 L
(15-5-1)
Frankie Edgar
(11-1-0)
LW
(154.0 vs. 1555.0*)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 112: Invincible
5 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 12/12/2009 W
(14-5-1)
Diego Sanchez
(21-2-0)
LW TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from a Cut)
UFC 107: Penn vs Sanchez
5 2:37
Official MMA Fight Results 08/08/2009 W
(13-5-1)
Kenny Florian
(11-3-0)
LW
(155.0 vs. 155.0)
Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
UFC 101 Declaration
4 3:54
Official MMA Fight Results 01/31/2009 L
(13-4-1)
Georges St-Pierre
(17-2-0)
WW
(168.0 vs. 170.0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage)
UFC 94: St-Pierre vs Penn 2
4 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 05/24/2008 W
(12-4-1)
Sean Sherk
(32-2-1)
LW
(155.0 vs. 155.0)
TKO/RSC (Didn't Answer the Bell for Round)
UFC 84: Ill Will
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 01/19/2008 W
(11-4-1)
Joe Stevenson
(28-6-0)
LW
(154.0 vs. 154.0)
Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
UFC 80: Rapid Fire
2 4:02
Official MMA Fight Results 06/23/2007 W
(10-4-1)
Jens Pulver
(21-7-1)
LW
(155.5 vs. 152.0)
Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
UFC: The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
2 3:12
NSF 09/23/2006 L
(10-3-1)
Matt Hughes
(38-4-0)
WW TKO/RSC
UFC 63: Penn vs. Hughes
3 3:50
Official MMA Fight Results 03/04/2006 L
(10-2-1)
Georges St-Pierre
(11-1-0)
WW
(169.0 vs. 170.0)
Decision (Split Decision)
UFC 58: USA vs. Canada
3 5:00
NSF 07/29/2005 W
(9-2-1)
Renzo Gracie
(10-5-1)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
K-1: World Grand Prix 2005
3 5:00
NSF 03/26/2005 L
(9-1-1)
Lyoto Machida
(5-0-0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
K-1: Hero's
3 5:00
NSF 11/20/2004 W
(8-1-1)
Rodrigo Gracie
(5-0-0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Rumble On The Rock 6
3 5:00
NSF 05/22/2004 W
(7-1-1)
Duane Ludwig
(10-2-0)
Submission (Choke)
K-1: MMA Championship Romanex
1 1:45
Official MMA Fight Results 01/31/2004 W
(6-1-1)
Matt Hughes
(33-3-0)
WW
(169.0 vs. 170.0)
Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
UFC 46: Super Natural
1 4:39
NSF 10/10/2003 W
(5-1-1)
Takanori Gomi
(14-1-0)
Submission (Rear naked Choke)
Rumble On The Rock 4
3 2:38
Official MMA Fight Results 02/28/2003 D
(5-1-0)
Caol Uno
(15-5-2)
Draw
UFC 41: Onslaught
5 5:00
NSF 09/27/2002 W
(4-1-0)
Matt Serra
(6-1-0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 39: The Warriors Return
3 5:00
NSF 05/10/2002 W
(3-1-0)
Paul Creighton
(3-0-0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
UFC 37: High Impact
2 3:20
NSF 01/11/2002 L
(3-0-0)
Jens Pulver
(11-2-1)
LW Decision (Majority Decision)
UFC 35: Throwdown
5 5:00
NSF 11/02/2001 W
(2-0-0)
Caol Uno
(13-4-2)
KO (Punches)
UFC 34: High Voltage
1 0:11
Official MMA Fight Results 06/29/2001 W
(1-0-0)
Din Thomas
(12-1-0)
KO (Knee and Punches)
UFC 32: Showdown In The Medowlands
1 2:42
Official MMA Fight Results 05/04/2001 W
(0-0-0)
Joey Gilbert
(0-1-0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Punches)
UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
1 4:58
* Bouts marked with an 'Official' logo denote results which have been verified by an ABC-recognized athletic commission
* Bouts marked with an (*) are considered exhibition bouts and do not count towards the fighter's record
* Weights marked with an (*) denote those over the limit for the weight class