B. J Penn is professional Jiu-Jitsu fighter and a world champion who has an amazing net worth of $25 Million. He is a two-time and two division Mixed Martial Arts champion.
Biography & Wiki
The fourth of five sons born to Loraine Shin and Jay Dee Penn Sr. BJ Penn is a highly established professional fighter in the international arena. He is of mixed descent and his roots consist of Hawaiian, Irish American and Korean/Native Hawaiian.
The young age of 17 B.J. Penn saw him being introduced to the world of professional fighting by his teacher Tom Callos who is also his friend. The style of fighting is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). This introduction to the exotic style of fighting saw Penn coming to California and training under the mentorship of Ralph Gracie and rise to the respectable purple belt.
It quickly became apparent that he had a high aptitude for performing in the sport of BJJ, and this saw him climb the rankings in this sport quite easily. The Nova Uniao Jiu-Jitsu academy in Brazil gave him his black belt through the teacher named Andre Pederneiras. And this black-belt happened in just less than three years. Most practitioners take over ten years to earn a black-belt.
BJ Penn came third in 1999 at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships in the brown belt division. He won first place in 2000 in the same competition in the black-belt division. This was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This quick succession of victories had him being named “The Prodigy” and being pushed into the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts.
His professional UFC debut was in 2001 in Atlantic City in New Jersey. It was against Joey Gilbert at UFC 31: Locked and Loaded. His victory took all of just 5 minutes for a TKO. This also boosted him into this fast paced global career. This was followed up with 2 other TKOs or first round victories over famous and well known professional fighters. At “UFC 41: Onslaught” B.J. faced off with one of his former opponents, Caol Uno. Penn took on a one fight stint and took on Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi at Rumble on the Rock 4 in Honolulu.
Awards & Achievements
While BJ Penn does not have any formal awards to his name, he has won many nicknames out of affection from his fans and sponsors like “The Prodigy” and “Star bulletin” for his extreme pull with the audience and talent to fight and entertained.
Net Worth of B.J. Penn
B.J. Penn is a professional fighter who is great at what he does. And it is a known fact that UFC champions make a ton of money doing what they do, and it is the same case here with Penn. Penn has a staggering net worth of over $25 Million and most of this is from participating in fights and winning them. Most such fighters get money not just for winning the fights but also just for showing up and participating in the fight alone, which is also a considerable amount of money. He also draws a considerable amount of money from doing endorsements.
Not everybody can get to success as fast as Penn, but the takeaway from Penn’s life story is that one needs a lot of passion in what they do for a living to succeed. And also a whole lot of hard work and discipline. Penn is one of the most successful UFC fighters in the world today and is expected to go places with his talents, and with the support of his ever loyal fan base.