At the time Takanori Gomi was viewed as one of the top 155ers in the sport. Penn didn’t necessarily make quick work of him, but he definitely showed superior skill against a true gamer. Also notable, the finish was the first submission of Penn’s MMA career despite it being his eighth professional appearance.
There are few fighters as beloved as UFC icon B.J. Penn. “The Prodigy” has been entertaining fans for more than a decade, showing freakish ability on the mat and a willingness to scrap even as an undersized adversary. He’s held gold in two divisions, beaten a number of top shelf competitors, and is on the cusp of writing another chapter in his Hall of Fame career by dipping down to 145 pounds. Here’s a walk down memory lane focused on the ever-popular pugilist… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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