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.

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  • griffin

    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!

  • BigNog22

    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.

  • Scrappler

    I told you guys he would be back lol.

  • ChasePhoney

    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)

  • IChokePeople

    What happened? I blinked.

  • Ninja

    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


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

  • Ninja

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

  • IChokePeople

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

  • UnderdogGreatness

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

  • Gabe

    Penn looked like someone had stole his lunch money!

  • takedown22

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


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

  • MVP

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

  • GoldenBibi

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

  • ChasePhoney

    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

  • lopresti1

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

  • Osnizzle

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

  • hybridX91

    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

  • BlueClearSky

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

  • mma420

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

  • guest66

    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

  • Mohawkblue

    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!!!

  • overhand right

    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?

  • ljense8

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

  • azzkika

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

  • IChokePeople

    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?

  • IChokePeople

    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.

  • scrappymcgee

    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

  • Tincash

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

  • ChasePhoney

    bj vs frankie 3 just doesnt sound interesting

  • Hdownmma

    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.

  • Joey Santosus

    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.

  • LowkickDick

    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.

  • sambo

    Thats what Matt asked his cornerman after the fight

  • Nik_Hulstein

    Thats gross

  • Nik_Hulstein

    I sh1t bricks 0_o


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


    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..

  • takedown22

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