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YAIR RODRIGUEZ vs BJ PENN











YAIR RODRIGUEZ vs BJ PENN fight video

First, we need to clarify that Rodriguez is training in Chicago with his own individual camp while Penn is back at Jackson/Winklejohn’s for this fight. While we often joke about the mythical “motivated Penn” being something out there in the wilderness and that may come back any day now, there’s no real reason we ought to think he can return to form after that hideous performance against Edgar. But nobody finds a way to rekindle interest like Penn, and the fact that he has a new glow with a new team and a set regimen may be the biggest X factor here. Penn’s boxing has always been sharp, his BJJ unquestionable and his tenacity guaranteed. Rodriguez brings great range striking, unorthodox attacks and dynamic athleticism, working odd angles and being hard to box in. As insane as it sounds, I see a better shot for Penn winning with his striking and timing as he uses his veteran savvy to avoid the tide-turning big kicks and spin attacks. Still, smart money says Rodriguez finds a way to flummox Penn and nail him with body kicks, takedowns and working to nullify his submission game from top position.