Ryan Hall kicked off the UFC 232 FOX Sports 1 prelims by doing what he does best, submitting the legendary BJ Penn in the very first round.
Ryan Hall has only fought twice in the UFC since joining the promotion in 2015, defeating Artem Lobov and Gray Maynard in impressively one-sided performances. Hall has focused his efforts on his illustrious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu career, medaling in many high-level tournaments. Hall is 6-1 in his MMA career, with the loss coming in his professional debut.
BJ Penn is one of the greats, owning UFC belts in both the lightweight and welterweight division. His career, however, has not been able to end on a high note, as Penn has lost his last six fights. The Hawaiian’s last victory came back in 2010, when he knocked out fellow legend Matt Hughes in the first round.
Ryan Hall started the fight with a side kick to keep distance, but Penn closed it quickly with a pair of punches. Penn did not stay in the clinch long, and the fighters separated. Ryan Hall butt scooted looking for a leg, but Penn did not give it to him, peppering his grounded opponent with kicks. Hall was forced back up by the referee.
Hall threw a couple of leg kicks, then unleashed the Imanari roll to perfection, forcing BJ Penn to immediately tap with a yelp of pain. A perfectly executed heel hook by the jiu-jitsu wizard.
Ryan Hall gave his performance a shrug of approval and said if he had the chance to train with Penn, he would enjoy the opportunity as Penn was someone he idolized. Penn was seemingly injured by the submission, and if he did in fact tear ligaments in his knee, that could very well be the end of the legend’s career.
Ryan Hall def. BJ Penn by Submission (Heel Hook) in Round 1 (2:46)