Net Worth: $4'000'000
B. J. Penn is a professional mixed martial artist who has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and k-1 competitions. B. J. Penn had a net worth of about four million. He is the second of seven fighters to win the title in multiple weight classes in UFC history and is widely considered to be one of the best fighters to ever compete in the sport. Penn also practiced Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was the first American to win the gold medal in the 2’000 World jiujitsu Championship. Table of Contentedly Life and Career Beginnings in Brazilian Jiujitsu Start in UFC Fighting and Entertainment Group Return to UFC Legal Trouble Legacy Early Life and Career Beginnings in Brazilian Jiujitsu B. J. Penn was born in 1978 in Kailua, Hawaii, as Jay Dee Penn III. His mother, Loraine, is Hawaiian and Korean, and His father, the Jay, is Irish-American. When Penn was 17, he was introduced by his neighbor Tom Calls to Brazilian jiujitsu and began training in the sport. Shortly after his retirement, he moved to San Jose, California, to train at the Ralph Gracie academy. Together with his friend and roommate Dave Camarillo, he trained There and decided to pursue a career in martial arts. Penn began training In 1997 under Brazilian martial artist Ralph Gracie and eventually earned his purple belt. He then moved to the Nova UNIDO academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and went on to win silver and bronze medals at the World Jiujitsu Championship. He earned his black belt under Andre Pederneiras In 2’000. Furthermore, he won gold in the black belt division Just a few weeks later at the World jiujitsu Championship, becoming the first non-Brazilian and first American to do so. When his incredible achievements at the World jiujitsu Championship drew the attention of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Penn decided to change his training to MMA. In 2001 He made his UFC debut beating Joey Gilbert at UFC 31. Penn fought lightweights Call UNO and Din Thomas before taking a loss to Lightweight Champion Jens Puller in a championship fight. Penn returned for the Rumble on the Rock Lightweight Championship strong, where he defeated Tandoori Gobi to win his first MMA Championship. He then won his first UFC title in a huge upset over five-time defending Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes. Frustrated by what he perceived as a lack of challenging fights in the UFC, Penn signed in 2004 to the Japanese Fighting and Entertainment Group k-1 promotion. Fighting as a welterweight, he beat Duane Ludwig by arm-triangle choke at K-1 MMA Romans. He moved on to middleweight and defeated Rodrigo Gracie by decision. Penn lost to Kyoto Machine In March 2005. Later that year, he won against Renzo Gracie by unanimous decision. Return to the UFC In 2006, Penn returned to the UFC as a welterweight contender. He subsequently re-debuted at UFC 58, where He lost by a controversial split decision to Georges Pierre. Greater success came in 2008 when Penn defeated Joe Stevenson by rear-naked choke to win the Lightweight Championship; with the win, he became only the second man to win UFC titles in two different weight classes. Penn won over former champion Sean Shark In his first title defense bout at UFC 84. Later in early 2009, Penn faced George Pierre for the latter’s welterweight title, which ultimately fell in the stopped bout. Penn fought Kenny Florian in UFC 101 in August to defend his lightweight title. He defended his title by knocking out previously unbeaten Diego Sanchez at UFC 107 again In December. Penn finally lost the title against Frankie Edgar in UFC 112. The controversy resulted in a replay which Penn also lost. Penn returned to the WBC division after subsequently defeating Matt Hughes at UFC 123. Penn has announced that he is leaving the sport after a major loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137. He returned to face Rory MacDonald after several months away, who had repeatedly challenged Penn during his time off. Penn lost In their bout unanimously. Following further hiatuses, a coaching gig on The reality series The Ultimate Fighter, and multiple Fight delays due to injuries, Penn returned to The UFC in 2017 to face Year Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 103. He lost through TKO. Penn’s string of losses continued in 2018 at UFC 232 and in 2019 at UFC 237. Penn often runs into Legal Trouble from alcohol-induced violence throughout his career. He was arrested for fighting patrons In a bar brawl In 2015 In Kira, Hawaii. Later in 2019, Penn received a restraining order from his ex-girlfriend Heaven View and her children, accusing View of years of physical. The same year Penn was involved in yet another bar brawl that ultimately led to his release from UFC. He was involved In an automobile accident In Hawaii In 2020 while possibly under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with DUI for another incident in Hawaii The following year. Legacy Penn has become one of the most famous mixed martial artists in the world Since his debut in the UFC. He headlined several major events and is considered integral in reinvigorating the lightweight division. The first UFC signature gym located in Honolulu, Hawaii, named after Penn is named in his honor.
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