BJ Penn vs Yair Rodriguez Full Fight (also known as UFC Fight Night 103) is an ongoing mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship being held on January 15, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
On paper, Penn provides plenty of potential issues for Rodriguez, who is just a tad bit wild in the Octagon. His volume is off the charts and he showed capable of maintaining that volume over five rounds in his last battle versus Alex Caceres.
Rodriguez hits a lot of air though, and Penn will have lots of opportunities to counter box. It really is a classic veteran versus possibility fight. Rodriguez is going to make errors– his youth and aggressive style make that inevitable– but does Penn have enough in the tank to capitalize?
It’s worth noting this is the greatest fight of Rodriguez’s career, without a doubt. He’s a young kid from Mexico, climbing into the cage versus a challenger he confesses he as soon as idolized. Penn has won just one battle in the past seven years, but he’s still a harmful finisher and this division certainly fits him better than welterweight did. Whether or not Penn’s tradition really provides him a mental advantage on the night of the battle will be interesting to see early.