UFC Fight Night 103: Rodriguez vs. Penn Armbar Quarterback
UFC Fight Night 103: Rodriguez vs. Penn was held on January 15, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. I like to play armbar quarterback after an event so you can find my thoughts below.
Yair Rodriguez def. B.J. Penn via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:24
One million (that number may be exaggerated an underestimate) kicks to the head can summarize how B.J. Penn’s comeback went. No, it wasn’t Penn landing the heavy offense, it was the potential fighter of the Yair (I still find that funny, shout out to my genius Tweet game. Follow me @ChadAlden). You know you didn’t win the fight when you make it to round 2 and the number of significant strikes landed is roughly the same number of draws you have (draws-2, significant strikes landed-3).
Rodriguez looked fantastic during the contest landing everything he threw. It was a matter of time before the 65 significant and highly creative strikes took the “Prodigy” out and thankfully “Big” John McCarthy stopped it early in the 2nd. Usually the Penn is mightier than the sword but it appears the ink finally dried up (that joke was terrible and I deserve to get booed). B.J. needs to retire for good this time (I might have to as well if my humor doesn’t get better).
Joe Lauzon def. Marcin Held via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Marcin Held used takedowns and a strong clinch game to pull off the victory against Joe Lauzon. Oh wait, that’s right; the judges gave the fight to Joe and not the guy that dominated rounds 2 and 3.
You may think I am jumping to conclusions and didn’t see the fight correctly, but do you know how I know Joe did not win the fight? Because Joe said he didn’t win the fight. Boom, case closed.
Ben Saunders def. Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Is Ben Saunders 8 feet tall? He looked so much longer than Court McGee (not in the way your girlfriend lies to you about being bigger than her ex) and was able to land hard body kicks for a large part of the fight.
McGee’s best round was the third where he beat up Ben’s face with effective ground and pound. I actually had Court winning on my scorecard but I am not a professional. Oh wait, these are the same guys that gave Joe the win. Whatever they smoked prior to the event should be crossed off USADA’s performance enhancing drug list because it did zero performance enhancing.
Sergio Pettis def. John Moraga via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Sergio (it just rolls off your tongue) put on a clinic standing with John Moraga and even threw in a few takedowns of his own. That is all. Sergio (I just had to say it again).
Drakkar Klose def. Devin Powell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Drakkar (not the cologne you wore in high school) Klose pitched a shutout against “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” signee Devin Powell. When I say pitched, I mean punched, kicked and brutalized Powell for the entire 3 rounds.