Taekwondo black belt holder and the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America”, Yair Rodriguez (8-1) is ready to face UFC Legend BJ Penn.
Penn is the former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion and returning to the Octagon after a gap of more than two years, during that time UFC has evolved and grown tremendously, as exceptionally talented fighters have joined the organization. Rodriguez is one just name, he joined UFC in 2014 and during that time the Mexican has won five straight fights. However, experienced Penn will be his biggest test on Saturday.
The 24-year-old is training in Chicago right now and not bothered about his opponent and who’s training him, as people who used to be with him are now helping Penn prepare for his comeback fight.
“I feel like I’m a better fighter right now. I’ve been working more on my basic stuff, not the crazy stuff, not a lot of crazy kicks and stuff,” Rodriguez explained. “Of course, (the crazy stuff is) going to be there but now I have my boxing more solid. I’ll be moving faster. I’ll be stronger. I’ve been training, I’ve been eating healthier, I’ve been training harder. My mind is in the right place.
“I feel ready. I could just jump in the cage right now. I feel ready.”
Rodriguez used to idolize Penn when he was starting out and always hold him in high regards, but all of this is irrelevant now as two fighters prepare to come face to face in the cage.
This will be the 2nd UFC event to be hosted in Phoenix, and will kick off at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.