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B.J. Penn documentary coming to TV

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 02:09 p.m. HST, Mar 25, 2014

Filming of "The Rise of B.J. Penn" has been completed and following post-production, is slated to air in the fall.

The film documents the life of the mixed martial arts champion and will include interviews with his family, other famous fighters, and hometown friends, according to a statement from ReelTime Rentals Inc. and Left Turn Productions, which are producing the special for Fox Sports in cooperation with UFC, or Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a statement, producers said they were able to capture Penn's early life as a young prodigy of the sport, his personal challenges and legacy and the impact the athlete has left on his hometown of Hilo.

Prior to fighting for the UFC, he became the first American gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. In mixed martial arts, Penn has competed in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions. As a former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, he is only the second fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes.

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BuhByeAloha wrote:
Maybe they can show vintage video of him bullying other kids. Then show all the trash talking he did with most of his opponents. What a roll model! Great influence for all the kids of Hawaii. "Don't go to school kids, just scrap". At the end, they can show an MRI of his damaged brain due to all those severe beatings he's taken.
on March 25,2014 | 01:47PM
HD36 wrote:
I bet alot of money when he fought GSP the second time. I can still remember him saying, " To da death George!" I took George at -170 at the MGM and -135 at Mandalay Bay. I give Penn credit though. He sure took a beating in that fight.
on March 25,2014 | 04:35PM
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