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BJ Penn to Battle Yair Rodriguez Next

Yair Rodriguez

BJ Penn didn’t get to make his return in 2016 like he hoped, but the legendary fighter has been booked to fight Yair Rodriguez in early 2017.

Today the UFC announced that Penn will fight the rising featherweight on January 15th, at the promotion’s next event in Phoenix, Arizona.  The 37 year-old Penn has had several comeback bouts fall through. Most recently, in October, Penn had to pull out of a scheduled fight with Ricardo Lamas due to a rib injury.

The former lightweight and welterweight champ hasn’t fought now since 2014, when he was stopped by Frankie Edgar.

The 24 year-old Rodriguez fought two times in 2016. After taking out Andre Fili with a jumping head kick in April, he earned a split decision win over Alex Caceres in August.

So, that’s a very interesting and challenging fight for “The Prodigy”.

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