This past Sunday, we all tuned into Fox Sports to watch our hero & legend BJ Penn grace the octagon once again after a 2 1/2 year hiatus. Taking place on UFC Fight Night 103, Penn matched up against a young, up & coming fighter; Yair Rodriguez.
After all the suspense and eagerness the time had come. The pre-lims were over, the co-main event settled down & the crowd was ready for BJ to come out & show up. If you’re a BJ fan you could feel it in your bones. As soon as the classic Braddah IZ song started to play you knew it was that time.
The fight is about to start, Big John has gone over the rules, Penn & Rodriguez touch gloves, alright here we go, the moment we have all been waiting for. The bell rings, BJ makes his way towards the center of the octagon as him & Yair find their comfort zones. Penn found a home for a counter left and a right hand in the opening minutes of the fight, but once Rodriguez started to open up his arsenal and let his weapons fly, the massacre began. Unfortunately, Hawaii’s beloved son & MMA Icon was defeated in the opening of the second round.
Congratulations to Yair for the win over such a legendary figure in the MMA community & congratulations to BJ Penn for stepping into the octagon once again proving that regardless of age or time away from the sport, the love & passion to compete is still there. Of course, it’s about the W but what’s more important than that is the fact that we have legends still willing to test themselves against a new generation of athletes that have learned from the legends & evolved from those lessons to become the fighters they are today.
You can give the man a loss on his record but you could never take away the achievements he as accomplished. We will always support you BJ Penn in any way, shape or form. We wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors & we hope to see you bounce back like the champ we all believe you to be.