After losing back-to-back bouts at welterweight Penn opted to move back down to 155 pounds. The decision proved to be a good one, as “The Prodigy” racked up a trio of stoppages right off the bat including a dismantling of Joe Stevenson in a tilt for the vacant title and smashing of linear champ Sean Sherk in a subsequent scrap.
There are few fighters as beloved as UFC icon B.J. Penn. “The Prodigy” has been entertaining fans for more than a decade, showing freakish ability on the mat and a willingness to scrap even as an undersized adversary. He’s held gold in two divisions, beaten a number of top shelf competitors, and is on the cusp of writing another chapter in his Hall of Fame career by dipping down to 145 pounds. Here’s a walk down memory lane focused on the ever-popular pugilist… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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