From its humble beginnings twenty years ago, mixed martial arts has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Chief among the world's leading mixed martial arts organizations is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) which is making its way to the top of the sports food chain, dwarfing boxing and nipping at the heels of the NFL. And fighter-turned-author B.J. 'The Prodigy' Penn has been one of the few chosen to lead the greatest fighting generation. Every website and magazine, which ranks the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, regularly places Penn in the top 5, demonstrating how much respect the MMA community has for him. And there is no one more loved among the purists than Penn.
. B.J. Penn is the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lighweight champion and considered by many, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. In 2000, he became the first American-born winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships in the black belt category. Penn is also the former UFC welterweight champion and was a coach on the The Ultimate Fighter 5 reality show. After winning the lightweight title at UFC 80, he became the second fighter (after Randy Couture) to win UFC titles in two different weight classes. He is currently ranked by MMAWeekly and Sherdog as the #1 Lightweight fighter in the world. He lives in Hilo, Hawaii. Dave Weintraub is the lead interviewer for the UFC, political blogger, and regular contributor to mmarated.com