Yair Rodriguez scored a convincing second-round TKO win over veteran BJ Penn at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rodriguez used his patented kicks to pile up the points on Penn, who showed his legendary toughness and landed a few strikes, but could not answer “El Pantera’s” onslaught.
A Rodriguez front kick followed by a straight right put Penn on the canvas, where referee John McCarthy was forced to call the bout after a flurry of follow up strikes.’
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Frankie Saenz and Augusto Mendes earned Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Rodriguez and Aleksei Olynuk earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
Kenai Andrews checks in.
In case you missed the prelims:
CYRIL ASKER DEF DMITRI SMOLIAKOV VIA TKO R1 2:41
JOACHIM CHRISTENSEN DEF MIHAJLOVIC VIA TKO R3 2:05
WALT HARRIS DEF CHASE SHERMAN VIA TKO R2 2:41
NINA ANSAROFF DEF JOCELYN JONES-LYBARGER VIA SUBMISSION R3 3:39
TONY MARTIN DEF ALEX WHITE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
ALEKSEI OLIYNYK DEF VIKTOR PESTA VIA SUBMISSION R1 2:57
AUGUSTO MENDES DEF FRANKIE SEANZ VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29,29-28, 29-28)
DRAKKAR KLOSE DEF DEVIN POWELL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
#8 JOHN MORAGA VS SERGIO PETTIS
WINNER: SERGIO PETTIS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOHN MORAGA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Give Pettis credit. He defended the takedown well and used his strikes to outwork Moraga.
COURT MCGEE VS BEN SAUNDERS
WINNER: IN PROGRESS
ANDREWS PREDICTION: BEN SAUNDERS VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: I thought Court McGee won the fight, but I guess Saunders convinced the judges on Rounds 1 and 2. Saunders clearly gassed after the first round, needs to work on his cardio.
JOE LAUZON VS MARCIN HELD
WINNER: JOE LAUZON VIA SPLIT-DECISION (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOE LAUZON VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Held won that fight, easy. Held used his takedowns and top position to stifle the offence of Lauzon starting from the second round. Classy of Lauzon to acknowledge this afterwards.
#10 YAIR RODRIGUEZ VS BJ PENN
WINNER: YAIR RODRIGUEZ VIA TKO R2 0:24
ANDREWS PREDICTION: YAIR RODRIGUEZ VIA TKO
Andrews: It was predictable. Penn showed his toughness in absorbing the many kicks of Rodriguez, but he didn’t any answers to slow him down. Excellent win for “El Pantera.”