In just three short years BJ Penn took the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world by storm. Hailing from Hilo, Hawaii, BJ started his Jiu Jitsu career under Ralph Gracie in 1997, working his way up through the ranks at a blazing speed to get his purple. However, a fallout occurred between BJ and Ralph concerning BJ wanting to train in Brazil. Ralph disagreed and the two split ways with bitter blood. After leaving, BJ took up residence in Rio with Nova Uniao and continued his training. In 2000 he received his black belt from Andre Pederneiras and only weeks later went to compete in the Mundials.
Having a nickname like “The Prodigy” you know that your skills have to be on another level, especially in this sport. BJ didn’t disappoint, plowing through his division to make it to the Pena finals against Edson Diniz. Up to this point there had never been an American black belt World Champion. Things were about to change. Lapel Choke Old School Fight of the Week brings you BJ “The Prodigy” Penn vs Edson Diniz in the 2000 Mundial Finals. Enjoy.
BJ Rolling with Leo Vieira