UFC Fight Night Countdown: Rodriguez vs. Penn takes you inside the gyms of two featherweights preparing for a main event between old school and new blood. Former two-division champion BJ Penn returns from retirement, having stoked an inner motivation that now has him pursuing gold in a third weight class. Flashy up-and-comer Yair Rodriguez continues his ascent, adding new layers and skills to the game that helped him win The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight and welterweight titleholder, B.J. Penn, is returning to mixed martial arts (MMA) this Sunday night (Jan. 15, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 103 inside Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
Waiting to greet him — by way of fist to the face — is rising featherweight up-and-comer Yair Rodriguez, who probably doesn’t care about all the hullabaloo surrounding the Hawaiian’s 145-pound debut.
If that’s the case, “Pantera” will like all this title talk even less.
“Definitely, the third title is also 100 percent driving me,” Penn told MMA Fighting. “Getting those three titles in three different weight classes, that would just be an awesome accomplishment for myself, and then I could probably get some sleep at night. That is my driving factor.”
Penn (16-10) expects a “quick” return to the cage following this weekend’s duties on FOX Sports 1.
Joe Rogan ranks the greatest BJ Penn moments inside the Octagon from his Hall of Fame career. Penn faces Yair Rodriguez in the main event of Fight Night Phoenix on Sunday, January 15 live on FS1.