BJ PENN: FIGHTING YAIR RODRIGUEZ IS QUIET EASY

Legendary former UFC lightweight and ex-UFC welterweight titleholder BJ “The Prodigy” Penn is scheduled to make his comeback fight against rising prospect Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night Phoenix on Jan. 15, 2015.


Penn has not fought since retiring in 2014, and he has not won a fight since 2010.

At first, many had felt as though Penn should have been scheduled against a fighter in the same situation as him as opposed to a 24-year-old rising contender, however, “The Prodigy” does not seem like the fight is ‘difficult at all.’

“So, what you’re saying is when I make this appear easy on Jan. 15, I’m the f—— man, is this what you’re telling me ?” said Penn, on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast. “It’s not a tough match at all. He’s a great guy, but I feel like I’m training with highly rated guys. I have a good team around me, and I don’t really feel anything is anywhere near out of my league.”

Kenny Florian – Retired Martial Artist

Kenny Florian, a retired mixed martial artist, is considered to be one of the greatest lightweights in the sport’s history. He formerly competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is also the only fighter to compete four different weight divisions in the UFC- Middleweight, Welterweight, Lightweight and Featherweight.

Florian contested his first professional MMA match in January 2003 at Mass Destruction 10, defeating Jason Giroux via KO within seven seconds into the first round. Florian made another appearance in the Mass Destruction Promotion at MD – 15 and scored a victory over Bobby McAndrews by submission (kimura).  Dana White, the President of UFC, offered Kenny to join for the first season of the Ultimate Fighter. He agreed on the proposal and went on to compete on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight. Kenny made it to the finale before losing in the first round to Diego Sanchez due to strikes.