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UFC 232 results: Ryan Hall submits UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn in opening round

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Ryan Hall scored the biggest win of his mixed martial arts career on Saturday night as the descent of a legendary fighter added another sad chapter.

B.J. Penn, the UFC Hall of Famer and former lightweight and welterweight champion, found himself on the wrong end of a nasty heel hook during their FS1 prelim opener at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

The time of the finish in the UFC 232 lightweight bout was 2:32 of the opening round as Penn remained winless since 2010.

“Just to compete against BJ is a surreal experience, I’ve learned so much from him, he’s one of my heroes,” Hall said. “If I can accomplish 1/10th of what he’s accomplished, I’ll be grateful.”

Hall, whose impeccable jiu-jitsu credentials include a World Jiu Jitsu Championships gold medal, spent much of the fight off his back after slipping throwing a kick.

Not long after Hall was stood up, he administered the heel hook with cat-like quickness, shooting a single, transitioning, and making Penn tap in the blink of an eye.

Hall is now 7-1 on his MMA career, 3-0 in the UFC, after his fifth career finish.

“Ultimately no one is superman but he’s as dangerous as they come, anyone can get caught,” the humble Hall said.

The 40-year-old Penn dropped to 16-13-2. His last victory was over Matt Hughes in 2010. He’s 1-8-1 since, a stretch in which he’s competed in three weight classes and retired and returned twice.

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