Top 10 Asian-American Athletes

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BJ Penn

The first-ever non-Brazilian to win the black-belt division of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in 2000, at the young age of 21, BJ Penn is one of the most fearless men on the planet. Born in Kailua, Hawaii, to an Irish-American father and third generation Korean-American and native Hawaiian mother, Penn began training in Jie-Jitsu at age 17. In just three short years Penn would earn his black belt, a rank that typically takes 10 years to attain.

With Penn’s clear knack for the sport and quick success, he was promptly moved into the world of mixed martial arts, making his UFC debut in 2001 and winning by TKO. Penn continued to fight in several MMA promotions, amassing a 16-8-2 record and becoming one of only two men to win UFC titles in two different weight classes, lightweight and welterweight.

Having never been knocked out or submitted in a fight in his life, Penn is widely considered the best lightweight division fighter in MMA history.

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