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Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn III

Co-Main Event | Welterweight · 170 lbs | MMA

Mmaweekly large "The Prodigy" BJ Penn
Mmaweekly large Matt Hughes

Penn
KO/TKO
Round 1

BJ Penn Matt Hughes

"The Prodigy"

15-7-1   Pro Record At Fight   45-7-0
Climbed to 16-7   Record After Fight   Fell to 45-8
-220 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +180 (Slight Underdog)
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
Hilo, Hawaii   Fighting out of   Hillsboro, Illinois
31 years, 11 months   Age at Fight   37 years, 1 month
169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs)
5'9" (176cm)   Height   5'9" (176cm)
70.0" (178cm)   Reach   73.0" (185cm)
Jackson Wink MMA   Gym   Finney's HIT Squad
UFC 123
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
  • Date: Saturday 11.20.2010 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Dan Miragliotta
  • Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
  • Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 10 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Hughes Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Penn Total Disclosed Pay: $80,000
  • Event Links:

Hughes vs. Penn III Wiki Update Wiki

BJ "The Prodigy" Penn put a quick end to his rubber match with welterweight legend Matt Hughes by starching the Illinois native with a straight right in the opening exchange and following up with strikes on the ground to win via stunning knockout in only 21 seconds.


Before Detroit fans in attendance had settled into their chairs, Hughes lay prone on the canvas and momentarily stiffened up as referee Dan Miragliotta pulled Penn aside. Hughes stood from the flash knockout and looked to his corner, asking "what happened?," while a charged-up Penn ran from the Octagon and halfway down the entranceway. On Penn's mind at the time was a repeat of his even quicker knockout of Caol Uno a decade earlier, which he had followed up by immediately exiting the arena. This time around, however, an older and more mature Penn quickly returned to the cage in what he identified as a show of respect for Hughes. At the time of the bout, Penn's lightning destruction of Hughes tied for the 20th fastest knockout in UFC history.


For Penn, the bout marked his first return to the welterweight division since his January 2009 loss to Georges St. Pierre, and his first win in the division since 2005. After two straight losses at lightweight to new divisional champ Frankie Edgar, Penn was at a crossroads in his MMA career, and needed a win far more than the surging Hughes, who had defeated Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida and others in impressive recent outings. Hughes had approached the fight seriously, taking the unusual step of training away from home in preparation for the fight. But the night belonged to Penn, who had stated on previous occasions that he believed he had Hughes's number despite splitting their first two encounters with one fight apiece.


Speaking to Joe Rogan immediately following the win, "The Prodigy" was as jubilant and elated as fans had seen him in years. "I love you Detroit!" Penn shouted. "I love you! I love you UFC! You're my idol -- Matt Hughes, you're my idol, you will always be my idol, thank you."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:29 PM ET
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Hughes vs. Penn III Fight Predictions

Tapology Community Predictions: 77  
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Penn
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Hughes
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Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  BJ Penn UFC 123 pre-fight interview report dead link

    Watch this pre-fight interview video from UFC 123 as BJ Penn says he surrounded himself with new faces to prepare for Matt Hughes.

  • Interview  |  Matt Hughes UFC 123 pre-fight interview report dead link

    Watch this pre-fight interview video from UFC 123 as Matt Hughes says he was surprised BJ Penn and UFC wanted trilogy fight.

  • Highlight  |  Fan Highlight and Promo Video for BJ Penn vs. Matt Hughes 3 report dead link

    A retrospective look at the first two Penn vs. Hughes fights and a look forward to the third fight.

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