Legendary fighter, BJ Penn returned to the octagon after a 2 and a half year retirement in the main event of UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, Arizona. The former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion took on the much younger, Yair Rodriguez. Rodriguez instantly displayed a huge speed and athletic advantage over Penn. Rodriguez landed countless kicks to the legs, body and head of Penn, who barely survived the first round. The second round was when Rodriguez put Penn out of his misery. Rodriguez landed a front kick that put Penn down, and followed up with relentless shots from the top position. Penn attempt to cover and move away from the strikes, but continually got hit by big shots until referee John McCarthy stopped the contest.
In the biggest surprise of the night, Joe Lauzon won a split decision over Marcin Held. In the beginning of the fight, Held shot in for a takedown but was hit with a large series of elbows that visible hurt Held. However, Held was able to recover and control most of the striking and grappling for the rest of the fight. However the judges didn’t feel that way, giving Lauzon the decision. Lauzon stated in the post fight interview that he though Held won. 16 out of 17 media outlets on MMADecisions.com scored the fight for Held, with the other one scoring it a draw.
In a very close matchup, the 3 judges thought that Ben Saunders won the first two rounds of the fight with Court McGee in route to a unanimous decision. McGee pressed the action in all three rounds, but Saunders countered by landing several body kicks. The fight was extremely close and could have been scored either way.
Sergio Pettis picked up the biggest win of his young career, when he beat former flyweight contender John Moraga. Pettis displayed power in his hands that hasn’t been previously seen, and a strong takedown defense in route to a unanimous decision.
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- Augusto Mendes over Frankie Saenz by split decision
- Aleksei Oleinik over Viktor Pesta by 1st round submission
- Tony Martin over Alex White by unanimous decision
- Nina Ansaroff over Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger by 3rd round submission
- Walt Harris over Chase Sherman by 2rd TKO
- Joachim Christensen over Bojan Mihajlovic by 3rd round TKO
- Cyril Asker over Dmitrii Smoliakov by 1st round TKO