UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn

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UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn
UFC Phoenix event poster.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 15, 2017 (2017-01-15)
VenueTalking Stick Resort Arena
CityPhoenix, Arizona
Total gate$913,372.75[1]
Event chronology
UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña

UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn (also known as UFC Fight Night 103) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on January 15, 2017, at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona[2][3]


This was the second event the organization hosted in Phoenix.[2][4]

A featherweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featherweight winner Yair Rodríguez and former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn served as the event headliner.[5] This was Penn's first fight in the organization in over two-and-a-half years.

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] He was replaced by Marlon Vera.[10] 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.[11][12]


Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight Yair Rodríguez def. B.J. Penn TKO (front kick and punches) 2 0:24
Lightweight Joe Lauzon def. Marcin Held Decision (split) (29–28, 29–28, 27–30) 3 5:00
Welterweight Ben Saunders def. Court McGee Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Flyweight Sergio Pettis def. John Moraga Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Lightweight Drakkar Klose def. Devin Powell Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Augusto Mendes def. Frankie Saenz Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik def. Viktor Pešta Submission (Ezekiel choke) 1 2:57
Lightweight Tony Martin def. Alex White Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women's Strawweight Nina Ansaroff def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 3:39
Heavyweight Walt Harris def. Chase Sherman KO (knee and punches) 2 2:41
Light Heavyweight Joachim Christensen def. Bojan Mihajlović TKO (punches) 3 2:05
Heavyweight Cyril Asker def. Dmitry Smolyakov TKO (punches and elbows) 1 2:41


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[14]

  • Fight of the Night: Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz
  • Performance of the Night: Yair Rodríguez and Oleksiy Oliynyk

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Arizona Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses. The total disclosed payout for the event was $841,000.[15]

  • Yair Rodríguez: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn: $150,000
  • Joe Lauzon: $116,000 (includes $58,000 win bonus) def. Marcin Held: $20,000
  • Ben Saunders: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Court McGee: $35,000
  • Sergio Pettis: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. John Moraga: $28,000
  • Drakkar Klose: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Devin Powell: $10,000
  • Augusto Mendes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Frankie Saenz: $20,000
  • Oleksiy Oliynyk: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Viktor Pešta: $10,000
  • Tony Martin: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Alex White: $14,000
  • Nina Ansaroff: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000
  • Walt Harris: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Chase Sherman: $10,000
  • Joachim Christensen: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Bojan Mihajlović: $10,000
  • Cyril Asker: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Dmitrii Smoliakov: $10,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2017-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 103 draws 11,589 fans for gate north of $900,000 in Phoenix". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  2. ^ a b Thomas Gerbasi (2016-11-04). "UFC visits Phoenix in January". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  3. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-11-04). "UFC returns to Phoenix; three fights announced". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  4. ^ Staff (2017-01-09). "John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis promoted to main card as UFC Fight Night 103 finalized with 12 bouts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  5. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2016-11-21). "Rodríguez vs Penn to headline Phoenix event". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  6. ^ Staff (2016-12-12). "Alex White steps in for Erik Koch against Tony Martin at UFC Fight Night 103". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  7. ^ Marcel Dorff (2016-12-21). "Oleksiy Oliynyk replaces Damian Grabowski against Viktor Pesta in Phoenix" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  8. ^ Staff (2016-12-29). "John Moraga in for Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis, Drakkar Klose meets Devin Powell at UFC Fight Night 103". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  9. ^ John Morgan (2017-01-04). "Bryan Caraway out at next week's UFC Fight Night 103, Jimmie Rivera needs new opponent". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  10. ^ Staff (2017-01-06). "Marlon Vera replaces Bryan Caraway, meets Jimmie Rivera at UFC Fight Night 103". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  11. ^ Newswire (2017-01-07). "Jimmie Rivera explains why he wont fight replacement Marlon Vera: I'll look like a 'bully'". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  12. ^ John Morgan (2017-01-08). "Jimmie Rivera withdraws from UFC Fight Night 103 after picking Marlon Vera over John Dodson". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  13. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  14. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 103 bonuses: Rodriguez, Oleynik, Mendes, Saenz pocket $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  15. ^ Staff (2017-01-17). "UFC Fight Night 103 salaries: Penn ($150,000), Lauzon ($116,000), Rodriguez ($100,000) lead payrolls". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-17.