Hilo native B.J. Penn was, as expected, inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame Saturday.
Penn is one of only two fighters in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes. The other fighter is fellow Hall of Fame member Randy Couture.
The former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion is considered to be the greatest lightweight the sport has ever offered.
“The Prodigy” retired last summer, following a defeat to Frankie Edgar, with a 16-10-2 career record.
Penn responded to the induction, saying “I don’t know. I’m a legend, people keep telling me that, and I say who are you talking to? You know what I think? It’s just … it’s like bigger than the belt. It’s like everybody’s treating me like I won the belt again, but even bigger. It’s just very humbling and very satisfying.”
The UFC Hall of Fame also inducted on Saturday Bas Rutten, Jeff Blatnick, and the 2005 fight between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg.