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Dee "B.J." Penn III (born December 13, 1978)
is an American former 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, Middleweight, and Heavyweight/Openweight
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 fought to a draw against Caol Uno in the UFC
41 Lightweight Tournament. 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.
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.
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.
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".
announced his candidacy for governor of Hawaii in
the 2022 Hawaii gubernatorial election in 2021. During
a meeting at the Hawaii State Department of Education
building multiple board members and acting superintendent
Keith Hayashi, were told by Penn, Youre
all gonna be gone when Im governor!
is regarded as one of the best competitors in the
UFC's history. However, he has been criticized for
continuing to fight past his prime, including a seven
fight losing streak from 2011 to 2019. (Wikipedia)
Penn to star at UFC Gym for National Day of Action
against Bullying and Violence -
20th March 2014
127 at Sydney Acer Arena in 2011, when Jon Fitch (left)
drew against BJ Penn in the main event title fight.
Source: News Limited
is not OK. This is the message that one of the toughest
men in the world, UFC fighter BJ Penn, will be spreading
on Saturday at Alexandria.
fighter BJ Penn will be at Alexandria to spread the
word about bullying.
was the first non-Brazilian native to win gold in
the black belt category at the World Jiu Jitsu Championships.
is the former UFC Lightweight Champion and the former
UFC Welterweight Champion, and he holds a no-nonsense
approach to bullying.
great to be involved with an event that has a positive
message like this, BJ Penn said.
think people need to be aware that bullying occurs
everyday and everywhere and is not limited to any
particular age or economic class.
need to get the message out that bullying is not OK
and will not be tolerated in our society.
do just this, in support of Australias National
Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, UFC Gym,
in partnership with local businesses, government bodies,
sporting teams, influences and athletes will be hosting
a community day on Saturday.
event has been called BRAVE, and the idea is to raise
awareness and funds for the anti-bullying charity
Short is getting behind National Day of Action against
Bullying and Violence. Source: News Limited
and co-owner of UFC Gym Selena Short said that it
was everyones responsibility to stamp out bullying
in our society, and that she hoped that Saturdays
event would help get the important message out.
we can help educate people, both victims and offenders,
by giving them our support to reform and restore,
want to help promote the underlying values by which
we, and many sports, stand for: respect, honour, discipline,
courage, strength and having fun.
of the star attractions of the free event will be
Penn, and fellow UFC fighter Urijah Faber, but there
will also be opportunities to meet NRL star Matt Cooper,
Roosters cheerleaders, MMA model and presenter Allira
Cohrs, UFC Octagon Girl Kahili Blundell, and NBL star
Bruce Bolden, among many others.
Penn from Hawaii, USA, is wrestled to the ground by
Jon Fitch in 2011. Source: News Limited
will be out there for the same cause, and Penn said
that bullying was something hed experienced
in his life, and that he thought all the stars on
the day would be keen to send a message that it wasnt
gets bullied in their life, whether it may be from
a family member, schoolmate or a stranger, Penn
have been bullied both physically and verbally, and
maybe thats one of the reasons I was so interested
in the martial arts and learning to defend myself.
found and still find that studying the mixed martial
arts gives me the discipline and focus needed to deal
with the stresses of everyday life.
there has been a lot of debate around the UFC being
too violent, Penn said he didnt think that was
martial arts is an art, Penn said. The
UFC combines the excitement and skill of boxing, wrestling
and all forms of martial arts.
are highly trained professional fighters, and so while
our sport may not be for everyone, we fight because
we love the sport and the competition.
is highly regulated and there are rules in place to
protect the fighters.
me and I guess most of the MMA fan base, it is the
ultimate form of individual skill and competition.
National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
is Friday March 21, 2014
On Saturday March 22, UFC Gym, at 93 ORiordan
St in Alexandria, will hold a community day - BRAVE,
from 10am to 4pm
The aim BRAVE is to help raise awareness and funds
to support the Bully
Zero Australia Foundation in their quest to provide
genuine and enduring care for bullying victims and
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