Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory

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Street fighting.
Brazilian jujitsu.
Grappling.
Welcome to BJ Penn's island. (Don't worry, he won't hurt you . . . much.)

For the last decade, BJ Penn has been one of the most successful and feared fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). People have been quick to judge, praise, criticize, and hype him, trying to understand what ...

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Overview

Street fighting.
Brazilian jujitsu.
Grappling.
Welcome to BJ Penn's island. (Don't worry, he won't hurt you . . . much.)

For the last decade, BJ Penn has been one of the most successful and feared fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). People have been quick to judge, praise, criticize, and hype him, trying to understand what makes him the provocative and controversial fighter that he is.

Why I Fight is the answer that critics, fans, commentators, and pundits have been waiting for. In his own words, Penn explains what led a scrappy teenager from the rough streets of Hilo, Hawaii, onto the biggest stage in all of mixed martial arts. In life, just like in the Octagon, he has never been one to back down from a fight.

A blunt and brutal look at his hardest-fought victories and his most frustrating defeats, Why I Fight is the story of how BJ Penn became one of only two fighters in UFC history to hold belts in two different weight classes. It is the story of a kid from Hawaii who loved to fight. It is the story of a true prodigy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061803666
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 639,285
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

BJ Penn is a former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion and is considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. In 2000, he became the first and only non-Brazilian-born winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black belt category. Penn is only the second fighter (after Randy Couture) to win UFC titles in two different weight classes. He lives in Hilo, Hawaii.

David Weintraub is a freelance journalist, writer, and producer who has done freelance work for the UFC.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 The First Part 1

2 What I Learned 14

3 Unexpected Changes 31

4 Ralph and Dave 49

5 New Beginnings 76

6 Unfinished Business 93

7 Moving Forward 110

8 Entering the Octagon 119

9 Three-Fight Deal 137

10 Up, Then Down 156

11 Just Scrap 178

12 Title Defense 197

13 Full Circle 219

14 Opportunity Awaits 235

15 The Real Champ 255

16 On an Island 267

17 More than Words 285

Afterword 301

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Strongly recommend for MMA fans

    Very good book detailing the life of BJ Penn, gives a human perspective to the man most of us only see via UFC and the media. Condidering the one-dimensional view they (UFC/media) present of Penn, this book is good for anyone wanting to learn more about the man and the sport. I found myself reading the book at every opportunity because it was so interesting.

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  • Posted November 25, 2010

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    I couldn't put it down!

    This was the first time that I have read a book by a BJJ or MMA fighter where they provided a detailed look into how they achieved greatness. Most of the books I have bought (mostly instructionals) offer a few pages in the front with a quick bio on the fighter. BJ Penn discusses his initial inspiration to become a fighter, his childhood days and scraps and his BJJ beginnings all the way until his world championship. Then he gives an in-depth look into his early MMA days all the way until the present. I read this book in two days on my iphone and I don't like reading on it because of the small screen. Sometimes you feel as if you are right there along with Penn as he describes some of the events of his life. It also gives you unexpected insights into the BJJ and MMA universe. Posted by Bakari Akil II, Ph.D., author of The Lazy Man's Guide to Grappling Grappling for Newbies: What every new BJJ and Submission Grappler should know!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Good Reading for fight fans!!!

    Book is difficult to put down once you start reading. I started on a plane ride to Phoenix from Los Angeles and on the return flight back. Finished the book that night before bed.
    BJ tells it like it is and speaks about his life pertaining to why he is who he is today.
    BJ does not pull any punches, not that he ever has.

    If you are a combat sports fan, pick this one up. You will not be dissapointed!

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