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Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan reflects on legendary career of 'special guy' BJ Penn: "I put him against any 155 pounder that's ever lived"

Josh Evanoff - May 24, 2023

UFC commentator Joe Rogan has paid respect to former champion BJ Penn. On a recent edition of his podcast, the comedian discussed MMA alongside Bas Rutten. Naturally, the two shifted the conversations to the older day of the sport. There, they discussed some of the greatest fighters of all time, and began praising ‘The Prodigy’.

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Dustin Poirier says he would've loved to fight a prime BJ Penn

Cole Shelton - December 21, 2022

Dustin Poirier says there is one fighter that wishes he could’ve fought. Poirier has been in the UFC since 2011 and has fought the who’s who of the featherweight and lightweight divisions. He has shared the Octagon with the likes of Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Max Holloway, Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Cub Swanson, and Anthony Pettis among countless others.

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Anderson Silva names BJ Penn as his GOAT of MMA: “Penn is the best MMA fighter I saw fight in my entire life”

Josh Evanoff - September 26, 2022

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva believes BJ Penn is the greatest to ever do it. ‘The Spider’ is set to return to the boxing ring next month against Jake Paul. The Showtime pay-per-view headliner will take place from the Gila River Arena in Arizona. Ahead of the bout, many have praised Silva as the greatest fighter in MMA history.

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Frankie Edgar shares clip from his stand-up comedy debut, BJ Penn and other fighters react

Susan Cox - August 12, 2022

Frankie Edgar has shared a clip from his stand-up comedy debut. Edgar, 40, competes in the bantamweight division of the UFC. ‘The Answer’ last fought in November of 2021 at UFC 268, where he went down to defeat against Marlon Vera (19-7 MMA) by knockout. It was to be his 4th loss in 5 fights.

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Benson Henderson dubs BJ Penn as the lightweight GOAT: "It's not even close"

Chris Taylor - February 5, 2022

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson has named BJ Penn as the greatest lightweight fighter of all time. Penn, a former two-division UFC champion, is best known for his 27-month reign atop the UFC’s lightweight division. ‘The Prodigy’ captured the strap with a submission win over Joe Stevenson in 2008 and went on to defend the 155lbs title on three occasions, scoring finishes of Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez.

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BJ Penn on "unbelievable" UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira: "This is the one guy who could beat Khabib"

Christopher Taylor - January 19, 2022

BJ Penn is a big fan of current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and says the Brazilian would have posed big problems for Khabib Nurmagomedov. Penn, a former two-division UFC champion, recently sat down with Chris Taylor of where he shared the following thoughts on ‘Do Bronx’.

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BJ Penn credits Hulk Hogan for inspiring his eventual UFC title run: “That was the moment I knew that I wanted to be that guy one day”

Susan Cox - December 22, 2021

UFC legend BJ Penn has credited professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan for inspiring his eventual UFC title run. Penn, 43, originally captured UFC gold in January of 2004 when he shocked the world with a first round submission victory over longtime welterweight champion Matt Hughes.

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Benson Henderson touts BJ Penn as GOAT lightweight over Khabib Nurmagomedov

Drake Riggs - October 12, 2021

Benson Henderson knows a thing or two about being a champion in the 155-pound lightweight division. The former WEC and UFC titleholder secured four total title defenses throughout his illustrious career which puts him right in the mix with some of his fellow greats such as BJ Penn and Khabib Nurmagomedov. When it comes to who deserves the top spot as all-time best, “Smooth” has some thoughts.

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BJ Penn announces run for Governor of Hawaii

Adam D Martin - October 5, 2021

UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn announced that he is running for Governor of Hawaii in a social media post where he explained his decision in full. Penn, one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, made the announcement this week that he is running for the role of Hawaiian Governor. As part of his campaign, Penn promised that he will get rid of vaccine passports. He is running on a campaign of getting freedom back for the people of Hawaii. Take a look at the full statement that Penn posted below.

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BJ Penn shares theory as to why Khabib Nurmagomedov would not fight Kamaru Usman

Adam D Martin - September 9, 2021

UFC legend BJ Penn shared his theory as to why former lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov would not fight welterweight kingpin Kamaru Usman. Penn was once considered the greatest lightweight in UFC history, but Nurmagomedov and his 29-0 MMA/13-0 UFC record has surpassed Penn in the eyes of many as the lightweight GOAT. Penn, however, recently shot back at that notion, saying that he believed Nurmagomedov walked away from his career too early. In addition, Penn also believes that Nurmagomedov did not challenge himself enough by moving to another weight class.

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BJ Penn shares his take on MMA’s lightweight GOAT, believes Khabib Nurmagomedov walked away too early

Adam D Martin - September 6, 2021

UFC legend BJ Penn shared his take on MMA’s lightweight GOAT, saying that he believes Khabib Nurmagomedov walked away too early. Many fans would consider Nurmagomedov the No. 1 lightweight of all time after going 29-0 in his MMA career, including a perfect 13-0 record in the UFC alone. However, some critics of Nurmagomedov have pointed out the fact he only had three title defenses as reasons as to why he might not be the run-away GOAT, with others such as Penn in the conversation.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals his choice for second best lightweight fighter of all-time

Chris Taylor - September 4, 2021

Khabib Nurmagomedov has shared his thoughts on which UFC fighter should be considered the second best lightweight of all-time. The UFC’s former lightweight kingpin, Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA), finished his illustrious career with three straight title defenses against opponents Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.

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Rory MacDonald looks back on fight with 'one tough guy' BJ Penn

Drake Riggs - August 11, 2021

Rory MacDonald has fought some of the biggest and best names in MMA. “The Red King” initially rose to prominence in the UFC welterweight division often touted as the heir to Georges St-Pierre as the two trained together at TriStar in Montreal. MacDonald started off his career with a strong 13-1 record but it wasn’t until his 14th victory that many believed he was ready for the upper-echelon of the weight class.

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BJ Penn details terrifying near-death experience after being trapped inside of a wave pool tank

Christopher Taylor - August 1, 2021

UFC legend BJ Penn took to social media earlier today where he detailed a previous near-death experience after being trapped inside of wave pool tank. The former two-division UFC champion recounted the harrowing incident on Instagram.

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Anderson Silva calls BJ Penn one of the four greatest MMA fighters of all time: "He's amazing"

Adam D Martin - July 22, 2021

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva called his fellow legend BJ Penn one of the four greatest MMA fighters of all time. Silva is considered by many fans to be one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time himself, so his opinion truly matters when it comes to the MMA GOAT discussion. Speaking to GiveMeSport, Silva was asked who would be on his Mt. Rushmore for the four greatest mixed martial artists of all time. According to “The Spider,” he would put the aforementioned Penn, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Royce Gracie, and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in his top-four of all time.

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Rory MacDonald praises former opponent BJ Penn: "I always looked up to him"

Adam Martin - April 4, 2021

PFL welterweight Rory MacDonald praised former opponent BJ Penn, saying that he was someone who he looked up to coming up in the sport. MacDonald returns to the cage later this month when he takes on David Michaud in a welterweight bout as part of PFL’s season three. MacDonald is a former UFC title challenger and a former Bellator welterweight champion, but he took his talents to PFL in search of a new challenge and the lure of the $1 million grand prize. For someone who has been fighting the best welterweights in the world for the past decade, the chance for MacDonald to go to the PFL and try to win another world title was something he couldn’t pass up.

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Video | Birthday boy Jason Parillo forces BJ Penn into bicycle mode

Adam Martin - June 11, 2020

Legendary MMA boxing coach Jason Parillo put UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn into bicycle mode during a fun training session between the two long-time friends. It was Parillo’s birthday and Penn shared a video to his social media of the birthday boy chasing him around the gym in a humorous fashion. Check out the video posted on Penn’s Instagram.

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BJ Penn Video Blog | Tending the Taro Patches

Jason Kindschy - May 27, 2020

[brid autoplay=”true” video=”571135″ player=”20625″ title=”Waipio Valley Tending the Taro Patches” duration=”314″ description=”BJ Penn tending to the taro patches in Waipio Valley” uploaddate=”2020-05-19 18:46:48″ thumbnailurl=”” contentUrl=”″”] In this episode of BJ Penn’s Video Blog, “The Prodigy” gives us an inside look into his taro farm in Waipio Valley.

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