BJ Penn knocks out Matt Hughes in 21 seconds

Former UFC Welterweight and Lightweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn bounced back from defeats against Frankie Edgar, with a flash KO victory over the Hall of Famer Matt Hughes.

Right off the start, Penn managed to connect with good jabs, before connecting with a powerful right hook, that knocked Matt Hughes down to the canvas. Penn delivered a finishing ground and pound, forcing the referee Dan Miragliotta to step in and stop the action at just 21 seconds in Round 1.

BJ Penn was very emotional (to say the least) in his post-fight interview, promising his fans more of “The Prodigy” in the UFC. It will be interesting to see if Penn decides to stay in Welterweight division, after getting a victory over someone, who was once considered as its undisputed King.

Photo: Tracy Lee for Yahoo! Sports


40 Comments

  1. Avatar of griffin

    griffin

    November 21, 2010 at 7:56 am

    yes! this is BJ at his best remotivated and happy. Maybe 1 more fight at WW but then lets see him get his belt back!

  2. Avatar of BigNog22

    BigNog22

    November 21, 2010 at 8:02 am

    bj wins, he’s back and he gonna whoop everyone, he loose ” it wasn’t the real bj”. So is he really back for real, that guy is an enigma.

  3. Avatar of Scrappler

    Scrappler

    November 21, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I told you guys he would be back lol.

  4. Avatar of ChasePhoney

    ChasePhoney

    November 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

    he has always been great, frankie is in a way like st piere. better genes, plain and simple. (im pretty trashed so excuse my typin)

  5. Avatar of IChokePeople

    IChokePeople

    November 21, 2010 at 8:33 am

    What happened? I blinked.

  6. Avatar of Ninja

    Ninja

    November 21, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I was so happy when he won…I was finally able to show my bro (who is just getting in MMA) wat Penn can really do

  7. Avatar of HATEOCRACY

    HATEOCRACY

    November 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Happy 4 Baby J, but hate that Matt had to go out like that, he looked heart broken.

  8. Avatar of Ninja

    Ninja

    November 21, 2010 at 8:48 am

    True….especailly how Matt said it was the most important fight of his career basiaclly, I do feel bad for him how it ended

  9. Avatar of IChokePeople

    IChokePeople

    November 21, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I don’t like Hughes as a person and even I feel bad for him.

  10. Avatar of UnderdogGreatness

    UnderdogGreatness

    November 21, 2010 at 9:03 am

    As much as I hate Hughes, I’m actually starting to feel bad for him myself.

  11. Avatar of Gabe

    Gabe

    November 21, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Penn looked like someone had stole his lunch money!

  12. Avatar of takedown22

    takedown22

    November 21, 2010 at 9:14 am

    to all those who thought bj was done and irrelevant…..

  13. Avatar of HATEOCRACY

    HATEOCRACY

    November 21, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I meant, i loved how Matt went out, sweaty, sore & on his back like a porn chick

  14. Avatar of MVP

    MVP

    November 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Glad Bj won. i got the feeling he’d retire if he lost. so WOOOOOOO

  15. Avatar of GoldenBibi

    GoldenBibi

    November 21, 2010 at 9:27 am

    In you’re dreams he can get his belt back…Only in you’re dreams..

  16. Avatar of ChasePhoney

    ChasePhoney

    November 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Hughes sure talked alot about how hard that hit was, maybe it was an easy retirement bonus. He takes a quick fall knowing this is prolly his final fight anyway, makes bj look even better. Both get out good

  17. Avatar of lopresti1

    lopresti1

    November 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

    always believe in the prodigy. hes calld tht for a reason

  18. Avatar of Osnizzle

    Osnizzle

    November 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

    maybe he should leave his car unlock more often that Hawaiian Boy was in a rush to get out of the octogon

  19. Avatar of hybridX91

    hybridX91

    November 21, 2010 at 9:51 am

    u kno what i thought the same thing for a split second but i dont see how matt could jus lie there and let himself get hit like tht…he sure did stand up quick tho…

    at the end of the day tho im still a ride or die bj fan and i seriously doubt matt threw the fight

  20. Avatar of BlueClearSky

    BlueClearSky

    November 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

    The only dumbass nuthugger , i’ve ever seen from here.lmao

  21. Avatar of mma420

    mma420

    November 21, 2010 at 10:09 am

    ****ing BJ is small at 170 but he is a beast i didnt expect that at all

  22. Avatar of guest66

    guest66

    November 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

    just because BJ Penn beat an old Matt Hughes it does make him a contender in the welterweight division. He should stay in lightweight and fight some WEC fights. Imagine Aldo Vs. Penn

  23. Avatar of Mohawkblue

    Mohawkblue

    November 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I was so pumped for BJ until they panned over to Matt – he looked heartbroken.
    BJ was awesome calling Hughes his idol.
    I’ve got a great fight for Matt – Dennis Hallman!!! Hallman’s coming off a win and he’s beat Matt twice!!!

  24. Avatar of overhand right

    overhand right

    November 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    well bj certainly proved me wrong. i feel bad for hughes, he was close to getting another title shot but i guess everyone has to meet their match and bj’s proven he’s the better fighter now.

    but i don’t think he should get a title shot that quick, he’s only coming off 1 win. and besides, fitch has been deserving of a shot for ages now. how about bj vs condit?

  25. Avatar of ljense8

    ljense8

    November 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I think Aldo would murder BJ. He’s too fast, powerful, and ridiculously skilled for BJ to contend with.

  26. Avatar of azzkika

    azzkika

    November 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Maybe Edgar might start getting the respect he deserves now. BJ aint lost nothin’. Edgar is just awesome.

  27. Avatar of IChokePeople

    IChokePeople

    November 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I highly doubt that BJ will beat Fitch but if he does he just might get the belt. He probably thought the first Edgar fight was a fluke. After the second maybe he had one of those epiphanies that make a fighter better. The big question is, how would GSP respond to that opening salvo?

  28. Avatar of IChokePeople

    IChokePeople

    November 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    BTW. My answer to that question is; by taking BJ down and beating him into submission. I don’t see BJ beating the top guys at 170. He could probably beat Kos and Alves and a couple other top ten but I don’t see him beating GSP, Shields and Fitch. It would be interesting to see if Penn V Sanchez looks the same at 170 as it did at 155.

  29. Avatar of scrappymcgee

    scrappymcgee

    November 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I like BJ not having a belt. makes for so many more possible matches. Sanchez vs Penn would be good, but I would like to see him eat up a few more wrestlers before going back down. I wanna see him fight Ben Henderson a this point, I think thatll be a really fun one to watch. Well see if its for the title or not though

  30. Avatar of Tincash

    Tincash

    November 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    What did Penn say after he said “I love you Joe Rogan”??

  31. Avatar of ChasePhoney

    ChasePhoney

    November 21, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    bj vs frankie 3 just doesnt sound interesting

  32. Avatar of Hdownmma

    Hdownmma

    November 22, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Its a good win for bj but im not sold on him. Not that he doesnt have the talent but he isnt consistant. Fitch will eat him.

  33. Avatar of Joey Santosus

    Joey Santosus

    November 22, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Good win for BJ and I hope it leads somewhere, but I find it a little amusing how quickly he is “back” and then someone was saying p4p again etc etc… Flash knockouts happen, I wanted to see how he performed all around and I thought Hughes was the perfect guy for him to showcase his all around game. Obviously his next opponent, more than likely, will not fall in less than half a minute.

  34. Avatar of LowkickDick

    LowkickDick

    November 22, 2010 at 3:52 am

    BJ looked great last night but the fight was only 21 seconds. Bj has never really struggled in the first minute of any fight. I wouldn’t jump to conclusions until BJ dominating a fight in the 3rd round.

  35. Avatar of sambo

    sambo

    November 22, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Thats what Matt asked his cornerman after the fight

  36. Avatar of Nik_Hulstein

    Nik_Hulstein

    November 22, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Thats gross

  37. Avatar of Nik_Hulstein

    Nik_Hulstein

    November 22, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I sh1t bricks 0_o

  38. Avatar of DELETE ME

    DELETE ME

    November 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

    BJ needed this fight much more than Hughes did…I’m glad it went that way!

  39. Avatar of CRWHITLOCK

    CRWHITLOCK

    November 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Bottom line is that styles make fights. BJ Penn is arguably the best striker in the sport of MMA. Penn also arguably possesses the greatest takedown defense in the sport of MMA. This is a very problematic skill set for Matt Hughes. Hughes a subpar striker at best who anchors his attack with takedowns isn’t left with a lot of options to survive this matchup. HIs best chance for victory has always been to let BJ Penn beat himself before the fight ever starts by not achieving the level of conditioning it takes to battle for more than one round. IF Hughes had the speed of a human bumble bee ala Frankie Edgar he may have been able to move in and out of range safely while BJ punched himself out of gas and later moved in for the takedown on an exhausted and frustrated Penn. Being pinned on your feet with a vastly superior striker is a good way to get knocked out in 21 seconds..

  40. Avatar of takedown22

    takedown22

    December 26, 2010 at 7:12 am

    yea your right. in comparison bj has beaten much less game opponents than aldo and possesses little skills to overpower him in comparison. (sarcasm)

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