The following are the quick results to Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night 103 event, which took place at Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, AZ. On this night, the legendary BJ Penn returned to the octagon to face Yair Rodriguez in the main event of the evening.
- Cyril Asker def. Dmitry Smoliakov by TKO in Round 1
- Joachim Christensen def. Bojan Miajlovich by TKO in Round 3
- Walt Harris def. Chase Sherman by KO in Round 2
- Nina Ansaroff def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger by submission in Round 3
- Tony Martin def. Alex White by unanimous decision
- Alexey Oleynik def. Viktor Pesta by submission in Round 1
- Augusto Mendes def. Frankie Saenz by split decision
- Drakkar Klose def. Devin Powell by unanimous decision
Main Card Fights:
Sergio Pettis def. John Moraga by unanimous decision. Pettis looked great in this bout. He did a great job with his striking, countering, and head movement and he did a great job of defending takedowns. Overall one of Pettis’ best efforts in UFC to date.
Ben Saunders def. Court McGee by unanimous decision. The first round was pretty even with Saunders landing some big body kicks and controlling with the clinch. McGee recovered well in the second and turned the heat up strongly in the second, and kept pressing the pace in the third. Saunders seemed to not be able to keep up. But, the judging saw it differently in what was a solid fight. Both men found success with their offense, but surely Saunders’ body kicks were the deciding factor.
Joe Lauzon def. Marcin Held by split decision. Lauzon had Held hurt early but Held stayed composed and landed some big strikes in the first round. Held came back strong in the second with good takedowns and excellent top control. Lauzon nearly caught him in a submission but he escaped. Held got on to Lauzon’s timing and when he would go to throw a right, Held would shoot in for a takedown. Surprisingly though, the judges gave this fight to Lauzon, who even admitted he didn’t win the bout. Not a good decision here.
Yair Rodriguez def. BJ Penn by TKO in Round 2. Penn took on a tough fight here, as Rodriguez is young, athletic, unpredictable, and a really solid striker. BJ held his own in the first round with some good durability, but Yair set off a lot of fireworks with kicks especially that wobbled Penn. It didn’t last long into the second until Yair dropped Penn for the TKO. A really strong performance from the youngster here who showed respect afterward by calling Penn a legend and said that words couldn’t do justice to the honor it was to fight Penn. Penn exceeded expectations in his comeback and looked powerful though. This went how I thought it would and I can see Yair moving up the rankings to face top talent soon.