Here we are, the first UFC show of 2017! It’s a UFC Fight Night in Phoenix, Arizona, and it marks the return of one B.J. Penn. "The Prodigy" will once again be competing at featherweight, and it’ll be against #10 ranked Yair Rodriguez. The co-main event will be a matchup between two submission specialists, as Marcin Held battles Joe Lauzon.
Rounding out the four-fight main card is a welterweight fight between BE favorite Ben Saunders and Court McGee, and a flyweight bout between John Moraga and Sergio Pettis. In case you missed the news, Jimmie Rivera is off the card.
This should be a card that draws good TV ratings, as it will be promoted on the NFL on FOX divisional game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, which kicks off at 4:35 PM ET. Essentially, it’s a lead-in to the FS1 broadcast.
Here’s the full fight card for you to savor on Sunday, January 15th:
Main Card (10 PM ET, FS1)
B.J. Penn vs. Yair Rodriguez
Marcin Held vs. Joe Lauzon
Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders
John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, FS1)
Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz
Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Viktor Pesta
Tony Martin vs. Alex White
Drakkar Klose vs. Devin Powell
Preliminary Card (6 PM ET, Fight Pass)
Nina Ansaroff vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger
Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman
Joachim Christensen vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
Cyril Asker vs. Dmitry Smolyakov