UFC Fight Night 103 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers
Yair Rodriguez blew through BJ Penn in the main event of UFC Fight Night 103 on Sunday evening.
The veteran couldn't get anything going against the younger, quicker fighter. Rodriguez showed that the sport has moved passed Penn. Now, the question is—who's next?
Elsewhere, Joe Lauzon was gifted a decision over Marcin Held.
What can we expect for the winners and losers of UFC Fight Night 103? Let's take a look at the options the UFC should be weighing.
Preliminary Fights: Quick Hits
Cyril Asker def. Dmitrii Smoliakov by TKO at 2:41 of the first round.
- Cyril Asker vs. Walt Harris
- Dmitrii Smoliakov should be cut from the roster.
Joachim Christensen def. Bojan Mihajlovic by TKO at 2:05 of the third round.
- Joachim Christensen vs. Nikita Krylov
- Bojan Mihajlovic should be cut from the roster.
Walt Harris def. Chase Sherman by KO at 2:41 of the second round.
- Walt Harris vs. Cyril Asker
- Chase Sherman should be cut from the roster.
Nina Ansaroff def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39 of the third round.
- Nina Ansaroff vs. Paige VanZant
- Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger should be cut from the roster.
Tony Martin def. Alex White by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- Tony Martin vs. Jake Matthews
- Alex White vs. John Makdessi
Aleksei Oleinik def. Viktor Pesta by submission (Ezekiel choke) at 2:57 of the first round.
- Aleksei Oleinik vs. Timothy Johnson
- Viktor Pesta should be cut from the roster.
Augusto Mendes def. Frankie Saenz by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
- Augusto Mendes vs. Taylor Lapilus
- Frankie Saenz vs. Jerrod Sanders
Drakkar Klose def. Devin Powell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- Drakkar Klose vs. Scott Holtzman
- Devin Powell vs. Marcin Held
Sergio Pettis vs. John Moraga
Sergio Pettis def. John Moraga by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
In perhaps the best performance of his young career, Sergio Pettis outgunned John Moraga en route to a decision victory.
In the post-fight interview with Jon Anik, Pettis made a clear call-out. He stated he wanted Jussier Formiga. That fight was scheduled for Phoenix, but Formiga had to pull out. This should be a fight the UFC books again.
Moraga has now lost three straight, but in the shallow waters of 125 pounds, he should stick around for at least one more bout.
Zach Makovsky was originally slated to fight Moraga in December. With each man now adding a third straight loss to his record, a loser-leaves-town bout is in the cards.
There's no reason to overthink either upcoming bout for Pettis or Moraga. Just re-book fights that fell off in the past couple of months.
Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders
Ben Saunders def. Court McGee by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Ben Saunders got out to a fast start against Court McGee, and it was enough to get him through a tough third round. McGee's comeback attempt was too late to edge out Saunders.
McGee should take on the loser of the Jan. 28 Li Jingliang vs. Bobby Nash bout. The loss damaged who the UFC can place him against, but his fighting style should keep him around for at least one more fight.
Saunders escaped with the win, which moves him slightly up the ladder, but the performance wasn't exciting enough to give him a noticeable jump. Alex Garcia may be the proper opponent for him.
Garcia has big upside, but he has been inconsistent in the UFC. Saunders has a great opposing style that will force Garcia to be at his best.
Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held
Joe Lauzon def. Marcin Held by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28).
Joe Lauzon picked up the win, but he was quick to tell Jon Anik in the post-fight interview that Marcin Held should have had his hand raised.
And no one is disagreeing with him. It was a poor decision. But in the end, he got the win.
Devin Powell looked terrible in his preliminary contest, but being a fighter off Dana White's show, Lookin' for a Fight, he'll get another chance. The UFC should use him as a warm body who Held can get his first win against. Held showed he's growing, and Powell will allow him to get in some work before taking on another UFC vet.
Lauzon doesn't have too many opponents available with name value, but Rafael Dos Anjos stands out.
Dos Anjos is on a two-fight skid, which means that, in spite of his top-five ranking, he shouldn't get a top-level opponent. Lauzon offers him someone with name value and an engaging fighting style. He is the beneficiary of where Dos Anjos is at in his career.
It's also a meeting of two longtime UFC lightweights who have surprisingly never met inside the cage.
Yair Rodriguez vs. BJ Penn
Yair Rodriguez def. BJ Penn by TKO at 0:24 of the second round.
Well, that was just sad. BJ Penn had nothing for Frankie Edgar in 2014, and he had nothing for Yair Rodriguez in 2017. He went into retirement after losing to Edgar for a third time and should do the same after the performance in Phoenix.
Please, Penn, retire.
Rodriguez looked outstanding in his destruction of a legend of the sport. He was fast, accurate and powerful.
The best opponent for Rodriguez following his victory is Ricardo Lamas.
Rodriguez is deserving of an elite opponent. He'll get a big push after finishing Penn, and Lamas is in need of another marquee contest. It's a fight that would put the winner in legitimate title contention. The winner could possibly even get the next title shot if the cards fall just right.
Rodriguez vs. Lamas needs to be the co-main event of an upcoming pay-per-view to highlight their statures in the division.