Tonight at UFC Fight Night 103, the prodigy B.J Penn will return to try and capture some of his former glory. In front of Penn is Yair Rodriguez, a blazing prospect looking to build off Penn’s name. Here’s the best bets and breakdown of the card.
B.J Penn Vs Yair Rodriguez
Coming out of yet another retirement, Penn has quite the challenge in front of him. Winless in his last 3 and only having one win in the last seven years, many aren’t expecting much of Penn. Rodriguez on the other hand is an exciting prospect at 145 pounds and is undefeated in the UFC. These two match up weirdly as Rodriguez is wild and takes risks throwing strange kicks, while Penn likes to keep it simple but was once a beast on the mat and had incredible takedown defence to compliment his great stand up. With the long layoff and change of camp, its impossible to know what well see tonight in the cage from Penn.
BET: Pass or dog play
Joe Lauzon vs Marcin Held
Held is a submission ace from bellator who dropped his UFC debut against Diego Sanchez, while Joe Lauzon is also an ace on the mat and a long time UFC vet. These guys matchup for a great grappling affair with the edge being given to Lauzon. Lauzon should also have the advantage on the feet with the length and has the confidence to stand with fair boxing technique. Lauzon has beat better fighters for many years now, and should be able to bounce back with a win here.
Bet: Lauzon via Sub at +635, or Lauzon via Decision at +203
John Moraga vs Sergio Pettis
The younger brother of former champ Anthony Pettis, Sergio is taking a step up in competition against former title challenger Moraga. Sergio isn’t known for big punching power and has had a suspect chin as well as cardio. Moraga on the other hand is known for a good chin but can be outpointed by better technical punchers. Moraga is coming off two straight losses but I see him turning it around here, bullying Pettis to a decision.
Bet: Moraga via Decision at +290
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