On Sunday July 6, 2014 Bj Penn entered the Octagon in Las Vegas Nevada for the last time when he squared off with another former champion Frankie Edgar. Unfortunately for Bj Penn the outcome was not in his favor. For fans of the “Prodigy” the outcome was sad but in some ways expected.
In the fight game the end for the greats can be grim. Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture were on the brutal end of knockouts during their last fights. In boxing pound for pound champion Roy Jones Jr was barely a shell of his former self during his last few fights. The greatest of all time Muhammad Ali was beaten badly by Larry Holmes then dropped a decision to Trevor Berbick in his last fight.
For all of those fighters their legacy is defined by their accomplishments during their prime. Bj Penn who will be known in the MMA community as the Prodigy and during his prime was one of the greatest to compete in the UFC. His personality resonated with fans, his style captivated an audience, he helped recruit new fans to the sport. His accomplishments are worthy of the hall of fame.
Read highlights from Bj Penn's best fights in the UFC:
In a lightweight title eliminator bout BJ Penn only needed 11 seconds to defeat in Caol Uno. This fight was ultimate highlight reel for Penn who deflected a flying kick from Uno then unleashed a series of strikes leaving his opponent knockout against the cage.
Matt Hughes was leading the new era of wrestling dominance in MMA. His strength, endurance and work ethic was overwhelming opponents. Bj Penn had the reputation of wanting to fight the best and it didn’t matter if opponents were bigger and stronger Penn was going to scrap.
Coming in as the challenger and making his depute at welterweight the fight ended quickly. In less than 30 seconds Penn chocked out Hughes, then followed up with a kiss to the face of a shocked Hughes. The legend of Bj Penn was born.
Sean Sherk was billed as a fighter with superior conditioning and strength. Many thought that would be the deciding factor in the title fight at UFC 84. Penn would dominate from the opening round ultimately breaking down the cardio of Sherk. The end of the fight came at the end of the third round with a flying knee and a series of strikes. Bj Penn defended his UFC title.
Kenny Florian of The Ultimate Fighter fame was a talented young star that had a great ground game and vicious elbows that complemented his ground and pound game.
The young lion was on the hunt for a title and Bj Penn was the prey. However, Penn was too experienced for Florian and fell victim to Penn in the fourth round via rear naked choke.
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