Who is B.J. Penn and what is his net worth 2018? Jay Dee “B.J.” Penn is a renowned American professional mixed martial artist and he is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. B.J. Penn was born on December 13, 1978 in Karachi of Pakistan to parents-Jay Dee Penn, who is an American, and Loraine Shin, who belongs to Korean-American origin. At an early age of 17, Penn started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu later being presented to it by his neighbour named Tom Callos.
Callos had placed up circulars in local gyms searching for public to train with, and B.J.’s father had called Callos and said his children were interested in this. Callos then trained B.J. Penn and his brother whatever skills he knew. After a short period, Penn shifted to San Jose, California to start training at the academy of Ralph Gracie BJJ with Dave Camarillo, with whom he lived and became best friends. During this time in San Jose, Penn decided to outshine a career in martial arts.
Penn started his debut and contested in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (briefly as UFC), and then after in K-1. Before fighting for the UFC, Penn became the leading American Gold medallist of the famous World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. In his career in mixed martial arts, Penn has finished in the Featherweight, Welterweight, Lightweight, and Middleweight sections. Being a former UFC Lightweight Champion as well as an UFC Welterweight Champion, Penn is one of only 3 fighters in history of UFC to be bestowed with titles in many weight classes.
In the twilight of his career, Penn made comeback as a Welterweight to effectively complete his series with Matt Hughes. He made this return before making retirement between two losses and a draw in efforts to recover the UFC Welterweight Championship. In search of a career renaissance with an origin into the Featherweight partition, Penn finally declared his retirement after additional loss to Frankie Edgar.
Education: B.J. Penn has completed his elementary education from Hilo High school and later got diverted to make career in martial arts.
B.J. Penn Net Worth
The estimated total net-worth of B.J. Penn is around $24 million. Penn has several endorsement deals under his belt and grosses $400,000 if he conquers a fight. Also in the last several years Penn also acquired incentive of PPV sales based on the number of PPV purchases made. As a rough estimate, Penn can earn $1 from a fight on average. Also, Penn became an author of an autobiography which grossed more sales, ultimately increasing his net-worth.
B.J. Penn lives in a huge, plantation-era home with all-encompassing views of Hilo Bay. He currently lives down the street with his girlfriend and his daughter of age 2.
Penn contracted to exclusively fight for the Japanese Fighting and Entertainment Group’s (briefly as FEG) named K-1 promotion quoting an absence of challenging fights remained for him in UFC.
Being a long-time supporter for drug testing in the sport, Penn was even the first to present a self-governing foundation in mixed martial arts to endorse, coordinate as well as monitor the fight. This fight was against performance enhancing drugs in sports with the addition of Voluntary Anti-Doping Association throughout his and his challenger’s training camps.
UFC President named Dana White praises Penn as the athlete who transported the lower weight divisions into the majority of mixed martial arts.
Penn, in coordination with Dave Weintraub, composed the autobiography entitled Why I Fight: The Belt is Just an Accessory in year 2010. This book made debut at #22 on the New York Times bestseller list, making him a business model. Apart from this, Penn also performed in the film entitled Never Surrender in year 2009.
B.J. Penn is most celebrated for being a competitor in the UFM. Penn is regarded to be one of the finest Lightweight fighters in MMA history, and also as one of the sports supreme fighter’s period.