UFC's BJ Penn Will See a Positive Result in Reagan Penn, Kendall Grove's Success

Joshua CareySenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  BJ Penn of the USA looks across the octagon at John Fitch of the USA before the start of their welterweight bout part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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While BJ "The Prodigy" Penn (16-7-2 MMA, 12-6-2 UFC) has been in the news this week regarding his status at UFC 137, it's the former UFC champion's younger brother who most recently claimed victory.

Reagan Penn (1-0 MMA), the younger brother of "The Prodigy," made his professional fighting debut last month at ProElite 1 in Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Reagan showcased his superior submission skills in handing opponent Paul Gardiner his first professional loss.

Needless to say, Reagan put the years of training with his legendary brother to good use.

Additionally, "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 3 winner Kendall Grove (13-9 MMA) claimed victory in his first post-UFC action.

Grove faced fellow UFC veteran Joe Riggs, and it took Grove just 59 seconds to avenge a 2004 loss to Riggs.

The momentum that has been built by the younger Penn and Grove will surely have a positive effect on BJ's preparation for UFC 137, which takes place Oct. 29 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

BJ was originally slated to face Carlos Condit, but after Nick Diaz went missing in action and skipped multiple press conferences, Condit was promoted to headline opposite Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.

24 hours later, UFC President Dana White announced the news that BJ now faces Diaz in the co-headliner.

With a positive training atmosphere surrounding him, BJ appears primed for another run at championship gold.

The RVCA Sport Center in California is where the Hawaiian will spend his remaining weeks of preparation for the highly anticipated fight.

As seen in the video, the Penn brothers along with Grove, Justin McCully, and Troy Mandaloniz have formed one the sport's most underrated teams.

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