UFC 137 Results: A Look at BJ Penn's Legacy

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UFC 137 Results: A Look at BJ Penn's Legacy
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I remember seeing the UFC back in the brutal days of open weight class tournaments where blood was everywhere.  I said then that I didn't know if that would catch on to become mainstream.  It seemed too violent to be something that the masses would approve of.

I watched sparingly, and occasionally caught The Ultimate Fighter.  But when I finally watched an event, I got hooked and started studying the sport from a fan perspective. 

The first main event I saw was BJ Penn versus Sean Sherk at UFC 84.  When I saw BJ stagger Sean and go flying in with a knee then ending it with punches, I was all in.  BJ did that to me.  BJ did that to all of us.

BJ Penn has a ridiculous list of accolades and respect from people inside and outside of the sport.  He belongs on the pedestal that holds Matt Hughes, Randy Couture and Dan Severn.  A two division champion in the UFC.  Winning fights well above the weight he's used to.  Fighting former light heavyweight champions (Lyoto Machida).  Being the first non-Brazilian to win the World Jiu-Jistu championships in the black belt division.  Penn has done it all.

If he truly walks away, he will leave behind a legacy that will be hard for anyone to match.  People worldwide will recognize that BJ Penn was truly one of the best to have ever walked into an octagon.

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