BJ Penn is an American mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Penn was the first non-Brazilian winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black-belt category. He is known for his willingness to fight anyone regardless of weight class, fighting as high as heavyweight when he competed against Lyoto Machida in 2005.
A former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, he is only the second fighter in UFC history to win titles in two different weight classes, with the first being UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Penn served as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 5 reality show. Penn is currently ranked as the #2 welterweight fighter in the world by Fight! Magazine and #8 welterweight fighter by MMAWeekly. Nicknamed "The Prodigy" for his astonishingly natural talent, Penn holds victories over former UFC champions Jens Pulver, Matt Serra, Sean Sherk and Matt Hughes, as well as former PRIDE champion Takanori Gomi. His record also includes notable wins over Caol Uno, Renzo Gracie, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez.
Gray Maynard is an American amateur wrestler and mixed martial artist. He is undefeated in his professional MMA career and competes in the UFC lightweight division, where he holds the longest undefeated streak in UFC history for his division. He has recorded one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history, at 9 seconds against Joe Veres.
He is the number one contender for the lightweight belt, and he is the only fighter to hold a win over current champion Frankie Edgar, with whom he has a noted rivalry. He holds notable victories over Kenny Florian, Jim Miller, Dennis Siver, Roger Huerta, and Nate Diaz . Maynard is ranked as the #3 lightweight fighter in the world by Sherdog, #9 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by Yahoo Sports and he is ranked as the #3 lightweight fighter in the world by MMAWeekly.
Vanessa Rousso is a French American law student at the University of Miami and a professional poker player. She is also known by her Pokerstars online screen name Lady Maverick. Born in White Plains, New York, Rousso has dual citizenships with the United States and France. Rousso is a member of Team PokerStars, and a spokesperson for GoDaddy.com. She has earned money as a professional poker player since 2005. A photo of her appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Rousso was her 2001 high school class valedictorian and graduated from Duke University in December 2003.
As of 2011, Rousso had finished in the money in numerous live poker events and had earned over $2,900,000 in career earnings. She had placed in the money a cumulative total of thirteen times in the 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 World Series of Poker. In the 2008 tournament, she placed 625th of 6844 entrants in the Main event. However, in 2007, she had earned over $700,000 with a second place finish in the main event of the World Championship of Online Poker. At the age of 27, she ranks among the top five women in poker history in terms of all-time money winnings. In addition, she has become one of the game's foremost sex symbols. She has been a pro-gambling activist on both the national and state level.
Michael is an NFL football running back. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State.
Pittman has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, and Florida Tuskers. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.
oe Daddy Stephenson is an American mixed martial artist fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Competing as a welterweight, he won The Ultimate Fighter 2 welterweight tournament.
Stevenson fought most of his UFC career as a lightweight, and made his featherweight debut at UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry. Stevenson is noted for his effective use of the guillotine choke. 'Daddy' holds notable wins over Melvin Guillard, Yves Edwards, Nate Diaz, Spencer Fisher, Gleison Tibau, and Kurt Pellegrino.
TJ Flores is a champion Baja racer, T.J. Flores. T.J. and the LVDC Race Team, based out of Las Vegas, NV, are the 2008 Over all Off-road Champs and the winner of the 2008 and 2009 Mint 400.
Martin Kampmann is a Danish mixed martial artist who is currently fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. and trains at the Xtreme Couture gym. He is known for his precise strikes and his quick submissions. He currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Currently ranked as one of the top 10 welterweights in the world, Kampmann holds notable wins over Carlos Condit, Paulo Thiago, Jorge Rivera, Thales Leites, and Jacob Volkmann.
Robert Drysdale is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and professional mixed martial artist. Born in the United States to a Brazilian mother and American father, he moved to Brazil with his family in 1987 at the age of six.
Several years later, as a young man he returned to Las Vegas, Nevada to begin college. While in the United States, following his growing interest in martial arts, he began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Lewis-Perderneiras in 1998. Drysdale made a successful MMA debut defeating Bastien Huveneers via arm triangle choke.