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”.