UFC Fight Night 103 saw rising star Yair Rodriguez overwhelm UFC legend BJ Penn with a barrage of strikes in a lopsided performance during the main event from Phoenix on Sunday night to remain undefeated in the Octagon.
Coming off "The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America", Rodriguez has fast become one of the most talked about competitors on the entire UFC roster and his latest performance proved once again why he's worthy of title contention in 2017.
As soon as the fight started, Rodriguez showed his dominance by going after Penn with a dizzying set of kicks to the head, body and legs that absolutely punished the UFC Hall of Famer before he even had a chance to do anything.
Penn did a good job of blocking most of the high kicks that came firing at him from Rodriguez, but the blunt force still ricocheted his own arms against his head repeatedly throughout the opening round.
As the first round came to an end, Penn staggered back to his corner with a disappointed look on his face but things only got worse from there.
In all, Rodriguez out landed Penn 55-4 in significant strikes in a fight that lasted less than six minutes.
"I fought a legend tonight," Rodriguez said after the victory. "He deserves all the respect. I just want to say thank you so much, BJ Penn for accepting the fight, even if I don't ask for it, right? I just want to say respect overall."
With Conor McGregor leaving featherweight to pursue a second world title at 155 pounds, Rodriguez seems like the perfect fighter to pick up where he left off.
"I'm here for whatever you want to bring," Rodriguez told the UFC matchmakers sitting cage side during his performance.
In other UFC Fight Night 103 results, scores and highlights, in Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held fight, Lauzon earned the split-decision win over Held (27-30, 29-28, 29-28). In Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders match Saunders defeated McGee via a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Finally in John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis fight Pettis handled Moraga with relative ease via a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).