INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Former UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn has tapped out for the first time in his 17-year mixed martial arts career.
Penn lost to Ryan Hall in the first round at UFC 232 on Saturday night, dropping the Hall of Famer to 0-6-1 in his last seven fights since 2010.
Penn tapped instantly after getting caught in a heel hook by Hall, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist.
Penn (16-13-2) is an MMA pioneer once considered the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in his sport’s history. But the Hawaii-born star turned 40 this month, and he hasn’t won a bout since November 2010.