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Fight of the Day: B.J. Penn vs. Lyoto Machida

After moving up to 185 pounds to defeat Rodrigo Gracie at Rumble on the Rock 6, B.J. Penn had a revelation — why don’t I just keep eating? Four months later, he competed in his first and only 205-pound match, facing off against Lyoto Machida at K-1 HERO’s 1 (3/26/05). Machida was only 5-0 at the time, but he had already disposed of Stephan Bonnar and Rich Franklin in his second and third fights, respectively. Though Penn threatened from the top in the first round, he had no answer for Lyoto’s size advantage and defensive skills, and lost the decision. Boring? Sure, maybe a little. But it was a significant moment in the careers of both fighters; Penn would drop back down to welterweight immediately after.

(Fight starts at the 5:10 mark.)

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kosak- March 12, 2009 at 10:30 am
I think that BJ is all heart as a fighter this guy has done what no one else has the guts to do...go Up all the way up to 205 just to a HUGE challenge in from of him, eventhought he didn't win he did fight as a warrior. I don't think that there are too many fighter of his type except by Randy Couture.
Damian- January 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm
What is up with the dude in the suit punching machida in the begining? its at around 54 seconds in.
Jemaleddin- January 21, 2008 at 11:46 pm
I thought BJ had one more fight at middleweight before going back to welterweight. Renzo, right?
lolwut- January 21, 2008 at 8:48 pm
i thought bj would like like a butterball at 205 but he actually looks preety good.