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[Event] UFC Fight Night 103 - Rodríguez vs. Penn - Jan 15
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Author:  Dent [ Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:56 pm ]
Post subject:  [Event] UFC Fight Night 103 - Rodríguez vs. Penn - Jan 15

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UFC Fight Night 103: Rodríguez vs. Penn is an upcoming mixed martial arts event that will be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on January 15, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.


Official fight card

Main Card


Featherweight Yair Rodriguez vs. B.J. Penn
Lightweight Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held
Welterweight Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders
Flyweight John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis


Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)

Bantamweight Frankie Saenz vs. Augusto Mendes
Heavyweight Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Viktor Pešta
Lightweight Alex White vs. Tony Martin
Heavyweight Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman


Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Women's Strawweight Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger vs. Nina Ansaroff
Lightweight Devin Powell vs. Drakkar Klose
Light Heavyweight Joachim Christensen vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
Heavyweight Dmitri Smoliakov vs. Cyril Asker



Background

This will be the second event the organization has hosted in Phoenix.

A featherweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featherweight winner Yair Rodríguez and former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn is expected to serve as the event headliner.

Erik Koch was expected to face Tony Martin at the event. However, Koch pulled out of the fight on December 12 citing injury and was replaced by Alex White.

Damian Grabowski was expected to face Viktor Pešta at the event. However, Grabowski was removed from the bout on December 21 for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Oleksiy Oliynyk.

On December 29, two bouts suffered alterations: Jussier Formiga pulled out from his bout against Sergio Pettis and Jordan Rinaldi from his bout against Devin Powell. They were replaced by former UFC Flyweight Championship challenger John Moraga and promotional newcomer Drakkar Klose, respectively.

Bryan Caraway was expected to face Jimmie Rivera at the event. However, Caraway pulled out of the bout on January 4 citing an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Marlon Vera. Eventually, Rivera pulled from the fight as he felt going from a top-5 ranked fighter to an unranked one wouldn't make sense at that moment.

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