Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business this Sunday night (Jan. 15, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 103: "Rodriguez vs. Penn," which takes place inside Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, live on FOX Sports 1.
The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card will feature a featherweight showdown pitting top division prospect Yair Rodriguez against legendary ex-champion BJ Penn, who makes his debut at 145 pounds. Elsewhere on the card, Joe Lauzon and Marcin Held hook 'em up for a spot in the 155-pound title chase.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 103 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 103 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 103 QUICK RESULTS:
Yair Rodriguez vs. BJ Penn -- Rodriguez def. Penn by TKO (front kick and punches) at 0:24 of Round Two
Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held -- Lauzon def. Held by split decision (27-30, 29-28 x2)
Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders -- Saunders def. McGee by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis -- Pettis def. Moraga by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Drakkar Klose vs. Devin Powell -- Klose def. Powell by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz -- Mendes def. Saenz by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Viktor Pesta -- Oleinik def. Pesta by submission (Ezekiel choke) at 2:57 of Round One
Tony Martin vs. Alex White --- Martin def. White by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Nina Ansaroff vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger -- Ansaroff def. Jones-Lybarger by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39 of Round Three
Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman -- Harris def. Sherman by TKO (knee and punches) at 2:41 of Round Two
Joachim Christensen vs. Bojan Mihajlovic -- Christensen def. Mihajlovic by TKO (punches) at 2:05 of Round Three
Cyril Asker vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov -- Asker def. Smoliakov by TKO (punches) at 2:41 of Round One
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 103 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
145 lbs.: Yair Rodriguez vs. BJ Penn
Round 1: Penn thankfully not doing his tiptoe thing this time. Rodriguez fires a spinning back kick and Penn locks up on the fence. They separate. Head kick attempt from Rodriguez. One minute in. Check hook from Penn, who eats a glancing switch kick. Knee from Rodriguez, then another. Right hand upstairs. They trade right hands. Penn ties up under a Rodriguez right hand, eats a knee. Head kick rocks Penn. Another head kick. Penn retreating, lands a straight right and just avoids a wheel kick. Two minutes in. More kicks from "Pantera." He tries a flying knee, lands a knee to the body. Spinning back kick from Rodriguez. Glancing head kick with two minutes to go.
Hard body kick and an inside low kick. Outside low kick. Tornado kick from Rodriguez, opening up with blow after blow. Penn with a straight right in return. One minute to go. More head kicks by Rodriguez, then to the body. Leg kicks. Penn blocks a pair of head kicks, eats a front kick to the body and a low leg kick. Good knee and 1-2 by Rodriguez. 10-9 Rodriguez
Round 2: Front kick and straight right drop Penn hard. Rodriguez goes berserk with hammerfists, landing over and over until Big John intervenes.
Final result: Rodriguez def. Penn by TKO (front kick and punches)
155 lbs.: Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held
Round 1: Short right uppercut lands for Held inside. Good jab. Good 1-2 and a knee to the body from Lauzon. Held shoots and Lauzon goes to town with Browne elbows, taking mount. He spins for an armbar, can't get it and Held scrambles up. One minute in. Lauzon marching forward. He ties up with over-unders and maneuvers Held along the fence. Two minutes in. Held reverses. Nice takedown into guard from the Pole. Lauzon looking for butterfly hooks, surrenders side control. Two minutes to go.
Lauzon bridges, can't dislodge him. He scrambles up using the fence and makes it to his feet, Held still holding. Hard knee to the head by Held. They separate with a minute to go. Lauzon ties up on the fence. Held reverses position. He spins and trips at the bell. 10-9 Held.
Round 2: Held opens with a wheel kick. Held shoots and Lauzon pulls guard for a guillotine, only to give up side control in the scramble. Now half guard. Held takes his back and puts in both hooks. One minute in. Lauzon fighting hard to dislodge the hooks, manages to do it and shoot in. He completes the takedown against the fence, but Held scrambles up and looks for an elbow. Two minutes in. Lauzon briefly attempts a standing arm-triangle. They separate and Held scores a double-leg. Full guard for Held, two minutes to go.
Suddenly, Lauzon locks up an armbar. This looks deep. Held slips his elbow out with a minute to go. Round ends with Held on top in guard. 10-9 Held.
Round 3: Held looks like the fresher of the two. He's doing well on the feet in the early going of this round. Stiff jab. One minute in. Good left hand by Lauzon, but Held ties up and puts him against the fence. Lauzon separates. Lauzon grabs over-unders and Held puts him on the fence again, scoring a takedown into open guard. They pause to give Held his mouthpiece back. Two minutes in. Held stands and lets Lauzon up. Right hand by Lauzon, left from Held. Lauzon grabs double unders, loses them. He's fighting hard for takedowns. Two minutes to go.
Held briefly has him against the cage, but elects to separate. Lauzon powering forward, gets takedown down once again. One minute to go. Held stands over him and tries some kind of Karate Kid foot sweep. 10-9 Held.
Final result: Lauzon def. Held by split decision
170 lbs.: Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders
Round 1: McGee ties up early, eats a glancing knee on the exit. Body kick from Saunders. Body kick, McGee goes for a low kick. One minute in. McGee looking for quick flurries as Saunders sends out kicks. Good exchange inside. Body kick from Saunders on the exit. McGee with a low kick. Two minutes in. Court sporting a cut over his left eye. McGee catches a body kick, can't use it. Head kick by McGee. Two minutes to go.
Good counters from Saunders. McGee clinches up, avoids a knee. One minute in. Saunders doing damage to the body, intercepting McGee as he comes in. McGee backs him to the fence, eats a body kick. 10-9 Saunders.
Round 2: They trade inside, Saunders swats him with a hook on the way out. McGee with a right downstairs. 1-2 by Saunders. Counter hook connects. McGee's punches are falling short. ore counters from Saunders. McGee with a good flurry. More pressure from McGee, shrugging off a hook. Good body shot. Saunders just misses with a knee. Saunders with an inside low kick. McGee ducks in, eats a knee and kick to the body. Two minutes in. Right hook by Saunders. Saunders with another body kick as McGee advances. Saunders ducks a head kick. McGee grabs a bodylock. Two minutes to go.
McGee with punches inside. Short right hand lands for him as he ties up. One minute to go. Right hands from "The Crusher" before they split. McGee to the body late. Much closer round. 10-9 McGee.
Round 3: Good shots early from Ben Saunders. Nice body kick. McGee looking for right hands. One minute in. Another body kick from Saunders. McGee answers with a straight right and head kick. Short uppercuts land. Saunders come back with a body kick. McGee spins. McGee shoots and grabs a bodylock as Saunders threatens with a Kimura. Two minutes in. McGee completes the takedown into half guard. Saunders regains guard, McGee stays on top. Two minutes to go.
Ground-and-pound from McGee. Sharp elbow and right hands. Mission control for Saunders, locking up his usual reverse triangle. One minute to go. McGee grinds him into the fence to break his leg grip and goes to work with punches. Punches and elbows until the bell. 10-9 McGee.
Final result: Saunders def. McGee by unanimous decision
125 lbs.: John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis
Round 1: Low kick from Moraga. Counter right form Moraga, straight left from Pettis. One minute in. Combo from Pettis. Left hooks from Moraga and he ties up on the fence. They separate. Quick punching exchanges; Pettis looks smoother so far. Two minutes in. Hard right hook from Pettis. Low kick lands. 3-2 lands for Moraga in return. Two minutes to go.
Moraga low kick. Stiff right hands from Moraga back Pettis off. Pettis changes levels for a single-leg and he avoids a guillotine in the scramble. One minute to go. 1-2 from Pettis. Moraga tries to go high. Straight right from Moraga met by a straight left from Pettis. Moraga eats another heavy left hand and a right hand behind it scores a late knockdown. 10-9 Pettis.
Round 2: Left hands from both men. Low kick by Moraga, Pettis with some stiff jabs. Moraga shoots and Pettis tries a guillotine. Moraga slips out on his way into guard. He stands and gives space for Pettis to stand. Straight by Moraga. Two minutes in. Punches land for Moraga. Pettis with a counter combination. Moraga doing a better job of defense this round. Two minutes to go.
Reactive takedown attempt from Moraga. They separate when there's nothing there. 2-1 connects for Pettis. Moraga shoots and Pettis locks up a guillotine again. Moraga drives in and slips his head free. Pettis tries a switch kick. Counters land for him before the bell. Closer, but I think Moraga. 10-9 Moraga.
Round 3: Pettis a little more active early on. Slick punching exchanges. Wheel kick falls short. Jab from Pettis, right from Moraga and they trade. One minute in. Moraga changes levels for another shot, taking Pettis to the fence. He finishes the takedown two minutes in. Pettis with an open guard. Moraga falls back for a leg, gives up top position but soon scrambles up. Two minutes to go.
Pettis shooting now on the fence. Moraga denies it and separates. Pettis tries a switch kick. Moraga tries another shot, stuffed. One minute to go. Combination from Pettis, big right by Moraga. Moraga swinging big, gives up a takedown before the bell. Moraga may have nicked it, but 10-9 Pettis.
Final result: Pettis def. Moraga by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Drakkar Klose vs. Devin Powell
Round 1: Klose barrels in and immediately starts attacking, tying up on the cage. Powell briefly reverses, eats a hard knee to the body. One minute in. Knee from Klose and some short elbows. Knee exchanges. Hard elbow from Klose two minutes in. Klose Lands another hard knee and Powell tries some dirty boxing. They separate. Two minutes to go.
Both land hard right hands. Klose still going inside and mugging, forcing Powell to the ground. Klose stands over him and kicks at his legs. One minute to go. Referee waves Powell up. Klose takes him back to the fence before the bell. 10-9 Klose.
Round 2: Klose charging after Powell, lands a hard knee to the body and wrangles him down. Klose continues to march forward after the ref brings Powell up. Back to the fence. One minute in. Both land brutal right hands. Nice uppercut by Klose and a body shot. They jockey for position. Separation and Powell lands a body kick, only for Klose to tie him right back up. Two minutes in. They separate. Right hand from Klose. Klose steps into the clinch. Two minutes to go.
Elbow from Powell, right hand from Klose. Klose with a Superman punch and body kick. Heavy body shots by Klose. One minute to go. The referee separates them on the fence. Low kick and right hand by Klose. He shoots and dumps Powell on the mat near the fence. 10-9 Klose.
Round 3: Low kick from Powell. Klose looking a bit more patient. Hard low-high combo from Klose into the clinch. One minute in. Klose going for short blows on the inside, Powell sporting a cut under his right eye. They separate two minutes in. Klose still showboating. Powell lands a check hook. Klose with a low kick. Body kick from Klose. Powell just misses an uppercut, eats a jab. Two minutes to go.
Klose with a low kick, right hand, knee combo. Good punches from Powell, Klose comes back with a right. Body kick from Powell. Klose puts him back on the fence with a minute to go. Knees to the thigh from the wrestler. Ref separates them with ten seconds to go and they trade some quick punches. 10-9 Klose.
Final result: Klose def. Powell by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz
Round 1: Saenz opens with low kicks. Mendes tries to flurry. Saenz whiffs on a flying knee. One minute in. Mendes grabs double underhooks, can't keep him down. Saenz goes low-high. Mendes lands on the break. Two minutes in. Low kick from Saenz. Short right from Mendes. More flurries, met by a knee. Two minutes to go.
Quick exchange. Saenz to the body. Great takedown by Mendes. Saenz slips out the back door and eats a flurry on the way up. One minute to go. They separate and Saenz goes back to the low kicks. 10-9 Mendes.
Round 2: Another quick series of striking exchanges. Counter left nearly drops Saenz and Mendes ties up. They separate. Saenz fires a knee and Mendes takes him down. Saenz pops right back up. One minute in. Suddenly, a huge elbow sends Mendes to his back and Saenz follows him down. He elects to let him back up. Two minutes in. Mendes tries a head kick. Low kick from Saenz and a looping right hand. Two minutes to go.
Mendes seems a little tired. Counter flurry. Good trade at point-blank. BIG right hand cracks Mendes, then a left hook behind it. Both connect right hands. Mendes to the body and he shoots. Saenz counters with a knee and elbow. One minute to go. They separate. Mendes with a glancing body kick. Saenz shoots for a late takedown, looking for a high-crotch, but Mendes stays up. 10-9 Saenz.
Round 3: Mendes looking more aggressive, lands a straight right and rocks Saenz again. Mendes swinging furiously, eats a knee. Saenz pressing him against the fence, slowing things down. One minute in. Saenz looking for elbows. They jockey for position. Good knee from Saenz. Mendes tries one before they separate, two minutes in. Quick exchange of right hands. Cracking right hand lands for Saenz. Left connects for him. Straight right by Mendes. Two minutes to go.
Mendes completes a takedown, Saenz pops up and presses him against the cage. Elbow from Saenz. Mendes denies a level change. Cuffing right hand lands for him as they separate. One minute to go. Left hook from Mendes. Mendes scores a takedown, again can't keep him down. Saenz reverses position and eats a left as they separate. 10-9 Mendes, barely.
Final result: Mendes def. Saenz by split decision
265 lbs.: Aleksei Oleinik vs. Viktor Pesta
Round 1: Right hand from Oleinik early on. Stiff jab. Check hook lands for Pesta and Oleinik shoots on the fence. Pesta reverses position. One minute in. Pesta completes a takedown into half guard. Pesta uses a cradle to prevent Oleinik from shooting on him on the way up. Two minutes in. He forces Oleinik back down and takes side control. Pesta moves to mount, only for Oleinik to lock up an Ezekiel choke and force the tap. Wow.
Final result: Oleinik def. Pesta by submission (Ezekiel choke)
155 lbs.: Tony Martin vs. Alex White
Round 1: Martin opens with a straight right and head kick attempt. He grabs double underhooks and presses White against the fence. Martin's cup breaks somehow and he gets some wolf whistles as they look for a replacement. They resume in the center. One minute in. Great exchange in the center. Martin shoots for a double-leg and White defends on the cage. He transitions to a single-leg and takes half guard, immediately looking for a Kimura. Two minutes in. Ground-and-pound from Martin on the cage. Two minutes to go.
Martin still looking for the Kimura. This one looks better and he passes to side control. He loses it. Martin looking for mount. One minute to go. White regains guard. Booming right hand by Martin before the bell. 10-9 Martin.
Round 2: Body kick from Martin, who gets dropped by a right hook. White on the attack. Martin hits a double-leg into guard. One minute in. Martin on top on the fence. He postures, can't pass. Now half guard two minutes in. White holding tight, not doing much to improve position. Full mount for Martin, two minutes to go.
White trying to use the cage, manages to do so and shoot in. He completes the takedown as Martin looks for a Kimura. White fights it off and they return to the feet, where Martin shoots again. One minute to go. Martin keeps him against the fence until the bell. 10-9 Martin.
Round 3: Martin shoots right away, hauling White to the cage. One minute in. Martin still grinding, landing some dirty boxing. Two minutes in. White threatens a guillotine to separate and lands a hook as they separate. White advancing with strikes, Martin puts him right back on the fence. Knees from Martin. Two minutes to go.
More clinchwork from Martin. White briefly threatens a front headlock. Martin continues to drive. One minute to go. Fight ends in the clinch. 10-9 Martin.
Final result: Martin def. White by unanimous decision
115 lbs.: Nina Ansaroff vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger
Round 1: Jones-Lybarger aggressive early. Ansaroff flicking out kicks. Body kick lands and they trade rights inside. Combination lands for Jones-Lybarger. Hard punches inside by Ansaroff. Ansaroff pumping the jab, eats an overhand right. One minute in. Jones-Lybarger landing well. Ansaroff with a right inside. Good exchange. Jones-Lybarger low kick. Two minutes in. Ansaroff answers in kind. Straight left from Jones-Lybarger, who leans into some uppercuts. Ansaroff catches a leg kick and scores a takedown. Two minutes to go.
Jones-Lybarger landing off her back as Ansaroff stays heavy. Some sporadic ground-and-pound. One minute to go. Ansaroff postures for some solid shots before the bell. 10-9 Ansaroff.
Round 2: Jones-Lybarger still wading in with wide swings as Ansaroff looks for counters. A well-timed leg kick knocks Jones-Lybarger over and Ansaroff takes half guard. Jones-Lybarger attacking a Kimura, nothing there. One minute in. Ansaroff works her way to the back and looks for the choke. Handfighting ensues. Two minutes in. Jones-Lybarger tries to turn and Ansaroff looks for an arm-triangle. Jones-Lybarger re-surrenders her back to avoid it and eats right hands. Two minutes to go.
Ansaroff lands some thumping lefts and takes mount. Now the back again, still raining punching. Back to fighting for the choke, then more punches. One minute to go. Jones-Lybarger stands, looking to slip out the back door. She can't do it. More punches from "The Strina" before the bell. 10-8 Ansaroff.
Round 3: Low kick from Ansaroff. Jones-Lybarger still slinging punches. Uppercut from Ansaroff, Jones-Lybarger lands one inside. Jabs from Ansaroff and another nice uppercut. Jones-Lybarger shoots, stuffed and eats a right. One minute in. They trade near the fence. Hard right hand from Jones-Lybarger and Ansaroff knocks her down with a low kick to regain top position. Two minutes in. Full mount for Ansaroff. More punches, doing damage from the back. Two minutes to go.
Ansaroff gets the choke locked up. Jones-Lybarger fighting her hands, but can only do so for so long. Submission win for Nina Ansaroff.
Final result: Ansaroff def. Jones-Lybarger by submission (rear-naked choke)
265 lbs.: Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman
Round 1: Harris flicks out a front kick to start. Sherman to the body, takes a right hook. Head kick attempt. Harris briefly ties up. More kicks from Harris. One minute in. Sherman again digs a right downstairs, then eats a body kick. Harris signals an eye poke, ref tells them to keep going. Straight left by Harris, body shot from Sherman. Two minutes in. Sherman with a leg kick, powerful combinations from Harris in return. Straight left dings Sherman. Right hook lands clean, as does a groin shot. They resume with two minutes to go.
Another hard right hook from Harris. Two right hands land for Sherman. Body shot. Low kick, one minute to go. Harris tries a body kick, lands a stiff jab. Straight left connects. 10-9 Harris.
Round 2: Sherman just misses a head kick, blocks a body kick and lands a body punch. Harris shoots in, stuffed. One minute in. Harris opens up with some heavy combinations. Savage blows and Sherman just absorbs them. Body kick lands for Sherman, who eats a jumping body kick. Big counter hook by Harris. Straight left. Two minutes in. Jab briefly turns Sherman into a PEZ dispenser. Left to the body. Savage combination and Sherman finally goes down. Wow.
Final result: Harris def. Sherman by TKO (knee and punches)
205 lbs.: Joachim Christensen vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
Round 1: Mihajlovic comes in swinging on the taller man. Front kick from Christensen. Low kick checked. They clinch up near the fence. One minute in. They separate. Hard counter right lands for Christensen; Mihajlovicis telegraphing winging punches and eats another counter right. Body kick from Christensen. Mihajlovic slips on a body kick and Christensen follows him into guard. Short elbows from the Dane. Mihajlovic just holding him closely, opens his guard as I type that and eats punches. Two minutes to go.
Short body blows by Christensen. He stands over Mihajlovic and drops a pair of hard punches. One minute to go. Referee stands them up. Mihajlovic tries an ugly wheel kick and walks into a knee. Short uppercuts from Christensen met by a right hand. Mihajlovic waves him on. Heavy knee by Christensen before the bell. 10-9 Christensen.
Round 2: Christensen advancing, counter left lands for him. Combination connects, then another and Mihajlovic ties up. He presses Christensen against the cage and lands knees. One minute in. Bigger knee from Christensen. They separate. 1-2 from Christensen and now he's pressing Mihajlovic into the cage. Another heavy knee to the body. Two minutes in. Accidental low blow from Christensen. Mihajlovic whiffs on a right hand, lands a body kick. Body kick from Christensen, who eats counters this time. Two minutes to go.
Mihajlovic getting amped, gets clinched. Both land in the clinch. Mihajlovic throwing and landing a bit more. Stiff cross by Christensen, then a thumping uppercut. One minute to go. Mihajlovic ties up on the cage. Christensen reverses and does some solid clinchwork. 10-9 Christensen.
Round 3: Christensen shoots and puts him on the fence. Dirty boxing from the Dane. He exits with a knee and right hand a minute in. Low kick from Christensen, Mihajlovic trips him up with a kick in return. Christensen does more damage in the clinch, then utterly lamps Mihajlovic with a brutal uppercut. A few more punches end the fight.
Final result: Christensen def. Asker by TKO (punches)
265 lbs.: Cyril Asker vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov
Round 1: Asker much lighter on his feet in the early going, lands a lead right. Front kick from SMoliakov and he denies a level change. One minute in. Body blows and an eyepoke from the Russian. They resume and Asker barrels in for a takedown, scoring an outside trip into side control. Smoliakov goes nuts with hammerfists from the bottom, but gets mounted. Asker postures up and goes to work with punches and hammerfists. Asker moving higher. Two minutes in. Smoliakov just covering up and Asker punches away. Smoliakov just barely fighting back. The blows just keep coming and the referee steps in.
Final result: Asker def. Smoliakov by TKO (punches)