The UFC announced the newest edition to the Hall of Fame class of 2015 and it is “The Prodigy” BJ Penn. The announcement was made during the preliminary card for UFC 187 on Fox Sports 1. Penn will enter the Modern Era wing of the Hall of Fame.
Penn is a former two-weight class champion, winning titles in the welterweight and lightweight divisions. Along with this exceptional talent, Penn has always marched to the beat of his own drum. He has left the UFC multiple times only to return and dominate the competition.
Penn made his professional debut in 2001 and fought for the UFC lightweight championship in just his fourth fight. Though he lost the fight to Jen Pulver he would continue to be in the mix for championships throughout his career. He won his first championship in 2004 when he defeated longtime welterweight champion Matt Hughes with a rear naked choke. Four years later Penn would go on to win the lightweight championship in a bloody battle against Joe Stevenson.
After losing the lightweight championship to Frankie Edgar in 2010, Penn would go on to participate in super fights against Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, and a stint as a coach on the Ultimate Fighter that lead to a rematch with Edgar.
Throughout his career, Penn has fought in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, and heavyweight division.
The UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on July 11 as part of the UFC Fan Expo. Penn joins Bas Rutten, Jeff Blatnick, and the 2005 rematch between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg as the class of 2015.