January 15, 2017, the UFC Fight Night 103 took place at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The featherweight clash between former UFC two-division champ BJ Penn and Mexican phenom Yair Rodriguez was stopped by referee John McCarthy at :24 of the second round. A UFC Hall of Famer got beaten up like that is painful to watch.
Penn failed to fire back and counter after absorbing punches and kicks from Rodriguez. When Penn fell to the mat, Rodriguez swept and pounded him with a flurry of hammer. Yair Rodriguez remains undefeated in the UFC with a 6-0 record (10-1 overall).
Joe Lauzon won on two judges’ scorecards but Lauzon said after the fight that it was not his fight. That it was Held’s fight. Held scored five takedowns and controlled Lauzon. Lauzon had a nice armbar at one point but Held escaped.
Sergio Pettis’ unanimous decision win John Moraga extended his win streak to three and made him climbed the top 10 of the flyweight division. He called out the no.4-ranked Jussier Formiga as his next opponent.
Rodriguez and Oleynik each received the $50,000.00 Performance of the Night bonus. The Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz garnered Fight of the Night honor.
Below are the results for the rest of the bouts:
Yair Rodriguez defeated B.J. Penn via TKO – Round 2, 0:24
Joe Lauzon defeated Marcin Held via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Ben Saunders defeated Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sergio Pettis defeated John Morago via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Drakkar Klose defeated Devin Powell via decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Augusto Mendes defeated Frankie Saenz via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Aleksei Oleinik defeated Viktor Pesta via submission (Ezekiel choke) – Round 1, 2:57
Tony Martin defeated Alex White via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nina Ansaroff defeated Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:39
Walt Harris defeated Chase Sherman via KO – Round 2, 2:41
Joachim Christensen defeated Bojan Mihajlovic via TKO – Round 3, 2:05
Cyril Asker defeated Dmitrii Smoliakov via TKO – Round 1, 2:41