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UFC Fight Night 103: Rodriguez vs Penn predictions

UFC Mexican featherweight sensation No.10 Yair Rodriguez (9-1-0) gets his chance to defeat a legend in former lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn (16-10-2) at UFC fight Night 103 in Phoenix.

“El Pantera,” a former TUFLA winner, and at 24 years old is 13 years younger than “The Prodigy,” who has returned from retirement twice already.

What is Penn trying to prove?

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Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

#8 JOHN MORAGA (16-5-0) VS SERGIO PETTIS (14-2-0)

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Andrews: It seems like yesterday when Sergio Pettis joined the UFC. Moraga is a decent fighter who needs a win badly right now. They are both fairly even, but Moraga needs a win badly and the hometown hero, I think he’ll have the motivation to get it done.

Andrews Prediction: John Moraga via unanimous decision


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Andrews: McGee is always competitive, but I feel he has not kept up with the times. His plodding style will not get it done against the next generation of fighters. Ben Saunders has an excellent opportunity to take this to the ground and submit McGee, where he is the weakest.

Andrews Prediction: Ben Saunders via submission

JOE LAUZON (26-13-0) VS MARCIN HELD (22-5-0)

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Andrews: I have a feeling Held will surprise everyone, but looking at Lauzon’s energetic weigh-in made me reconsider. Yes, Held is younger yet experienced, but Lauzon’s craftiness should shine through.

Andrews Prediction: Joe Lauzon via submission



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Andrews: Rodriguez should have the youthful advantage and despite the experience of a legend like Penn, he is 37 now and has not looked competitive in some time. As BJ Penn, he always has a chance, but I expect Rodriguez to stop this one early.

Andrews Prediction: Yair Rodriguez via TKO


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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