The first Ultimate Fighting Championship event of the New Year is around the corner and one of the all-time legends of mixed martial arts will be in action. Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn will climb into the Octagon for the first time in two years and both he and foe Yair Rodriguez came in on point at Saturday’s weigh-ins.
Penn has been a legend of the sport for nearly 15 years and he’s about to embark on an improbable journey to become the first man to capture a world title in three different weight classes. Though he has fought as heavy as middleweight, “The Prodigy” will be fighting at featherweight on Sunday. The wildly popular Hawaiian looked good on the scale and made weight; Penn came in officially at 146 pounds.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, is one of the most promising young contenders in the sport. The Mexican uses an array of flashy and off-kilter attacks and has mesmerized fight fans with his attacks ever since he made his Octagon debut at UFC 180. Unbeaten in the UFC, Rodriguez doesn’t expect to fall at the hands of his aging opponent and on the scale, he nailed it. Rodriguez weighed 145, giving the main even the go-ahead.
UFC Fight Night 103 “Rodriguez vs. Penn” will take place inside Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., on Sunday. UFC Fight Pass will stream the special prelims beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT, followed the remainder of the card on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
UFC Fight Night 103 Weigh-in Results:B.J. Penn (146) vs. Yair Rodriguez (145)
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