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BJ Penn Day declared on the Big Island by Hilo Mayor E-mail
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BJ Penn Day DeclarationThe mayor of Hawaii County proclaimed October 27th "BJ Penn Day" on the Big Island, as Hilo's native MMA warrior embarks on his next Ultimate Fighting Championship title defense.

Mayor Billy Kenoi bid good luck to The Prodigy at the fighter’s Kino‘ole Street gym, before Penn left to begin serious training this week in Orange County, California, in preparation for his December 12 lightweight title defense against Diego Sanchez in Memphis, Tennessee at UFC 107.

Mayor Kenoi lauded Penn, the #1 ranked lightweight mixed martial arts fighter in the world, as a “positive role model and mentor to youth in our community”.

"BJ Penn has the full support and backing of a legion of Big Island family, friends and fans whose cheers should be loud enough to hear in Memphis on December 12,” Kenoi said.

Penn and his family reside in Hilo where he operates his mixed martial arts-related business ventures. Penn also delivers anti-drug and anti-violence messages to Big Island youth.

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