BJ Penn has been one of the most outspoken and successful fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His book, Why I Fight, written with David Weintraub, is a story about his journey to becoming a mixed martial arts fighter. Penn is quite candid about his relationship with UFC president Dana White. Throughout the book, he talks about White’s selfishness, and favoritism toward some fighters. He also writes about what it took to achieve his goal of winning the most prestigious Brazilian jujitsu tournament in the world.
In two chapters, Penn makes reference to his violent upbringing in Hilo, Hawaii. That’s right. The rough and mean streets of Hilo, Hawaii, were a very violent place to live. According to neighborhoodscout.com, Hilo is ranked very high for violent crime.