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BJ Penn vs. Caol Uno I

Main Card | Lightweight · 155 lbs | MMA

BJ Penn defeats Caol Uno via KO/TKO at 0:11 of Round 1

Mmaweekly large "The Prodigy" BJ Penn
Mmaweekly large Caol Uno "Shoten"

Round 1

BJ Penn Caol Uno

"The Prodigy" "Shoten"

2-0-0   Pro Record At Fight   13-4-2
Climbed to 3-0   Record After Fight   Fell to 13-5
Us United States   Nationality   Jp Japan
Hilo, Hawaii   Fighting out of   Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
22 years, 10 months, 6 days   Age at Fight   26 years, 5 months, 4 days
154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   153.0 lbs (69.4 kgs)
5'9" (176cm)   Height   5'8" (172cm)
70.0" (178cm)   Reach   N/A
Jackson Wink MMA   Gym   UNO DOJO
UFC 34
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 34: High Voltage
  • Date: Friday 11.02.2001
  • Referee: Larry Landless
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 5 of 8)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Jeff Osborne, Jens Pulver
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Ryan Bennett
  • Penn Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Uno Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Event Links:

Penn vs. Uno I Wiki Update Wiki

Now widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of MMA, BJ Penn’s “Prodigy” moniker was earned nearly a decade ago. After becoming the first American to win the CBJJ World Championships as a black belt, Penn decided to try his hand at professional mixed martial arts. The career change would prove to be one of the best decisions of Penn’s life, and Japanese standout Caol Uno was on the receiving end of one of the Hawaiian’s earliest, and most memorable, fight-finishing salvos.

Coming into their fight at UFC 34, Penn had won two previous bouts by first-round knockout, proving that he had the striking skills to back up his world-class Jiu-Jitsu pedigree. For his part, Uno was already one of the most respected and experienced fighters in the weight class, with top-level grappling more akin to western freestyle wrestling. Uno was given a solid chance of upsetting the young gun based on his quickness, experience and resistance to strikes.

Right after the bell rang to signal the start of the contest, Uno charged across the Octagon and launched a jump roundhouse kick at his opponent. Penn easily sidestepped the maneuver. When Uno landed, off balance, Penn seized the opportunity to attack the vulnerable fighter. Penn backed Uno up with a series of straight punches before pummeling him with uppercuts against the cage for a brutal stoppage just 11 seconds into the fight. Penn literally beat Uno senseless, leaving him wedged at the bottom of the cage fencing.

Following that, his third consecutive first-round knockout since joining the UFC, Penn was already beginning to be hailed as one of the greatest fighters the sport had ever seen. He was fast, powerful, well rounded, and possessed of an inner calm. While “The Prodigy” was bested on occasion by top fighters through the years, the praise proved accurate, as he remained one of MMA’s best.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:28 PM ET
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