Return of the Prodigy, BJ Penn to meet Ryan Hall at UFC 232

BJ Penn

BJ Penn is making his return to the Octagon in December BJ Penn is making the walk again. The Prodigy will be back at 155 pounds when he faces TUF 22 winner, and grappling ace Ryan Hall at UFC 232. BJ Penn has struggled against strikers late in his career, but he has little to … Read moreReturn of the Prodigy, BJ Penn to meet Ryan Hall at UFC 232

Rough weekend for MMA legends Penn, Silva, and Emelianenko.

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Brendan Schaub went so far as to say, Pride is dead. It might be time to face harsh truths. This weekend was like Christmas in the summer. We had two excellent MMA cards to choose. from, Bellator NYC and UFC Fight Night 112. The cards both had a lot of interesting fights, but for me, … Read moreRough weekend for MMA legends Penn, Silva, and Emelianenko.

Is this the final Return of the Prodigy? BJ Penn back his roots.

BJ Penn

BJ Penn will be back in action Sunday at UFC Fight Night 112 Once upon a time, BJ Penn was looked at as an elite mixed martial artist. His fights were must see. Penn was never far removed from the title picture in whatever weight class he was choosing to compete in.  He’s been both … Read moreIs this the final Return of the Prodigy? BJ Penn back his roots.

UFC Fight Night 112 gets 4 fights announced, including BJ Penn

UFC Fight Night 112

BJ Penn is going to be back in the Octagon in Oklahoma City against Dennis Siver The UFC announced an event taking place June 25th, in Oklahoma City, OK.  They announced four fights to kick off the event, and we’ve got them right here.  The event will be UFC Fight Night 112.  BJ Penn makes … Read moreUFC Fight Night 112 gets 4 fights announced, including BJ Penn

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger Announces Retirement from Mixed Martial Arts

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Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger opts to retire after UFC Fight Night 103 loss The sport of mixed martial arts doesn’t care about your feelings.  It’s a cold, harsh, difficult sport that favors the brave and exposes the weak. It’s an absolute grind, 24/7 , and to reach the heights of the UFC you have to be dedicated … Read moreJocelyn Jones-Lybarger Announces Retirement from Mixed Martial Arts

Yair Rodriguez says his goal is to take on a UFC Champion

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Yair Rodriguez wants to take on a UFC Champion Yair Rodriguez was on with the folks from TMZ and they asked if he felt bad for repeatedly kicking legend BJ Penn in the face. Rodriguez naturally said, “No, you can’t feel bad for the guy….you have to keep on kicking him.”  Makes sense.  Up next … Read moreYair Rodriguez says his goal is to take on a UFC Champion

UFC Fight Night 103 does big ratings peaking at 1.6 million viewers

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UFC Fight Night 103 cracks a million viewers According to Sports TV Ratings, the UFC Fight Night 103 card did very well in the ratings. Featuring the return of BJ Penn vs. Yair Rodriguez, with just over 1 million viewers.  The event peaked at 1.6 million viewers during the Penn vs. Rodriguez fight.  The prelims … Read moreUFC Fight Night 103 does big ratings peaking at 1.6 million viewers

Fighters and personalities react to UFN: Phoenix on Twitter

Fighters and personalities react to UFN: Phoenix on Twitter

As per usual, everyone expressed their feelings on social media during the UFN Phoenix card. It had an Ezekiel choke, a robbery, a broken cup, the return of a legend, and the rise of a prospect. People took to Twitter and shared their emotions. Based on his flawless performance, Yair Rodriguez received a lot of … Read moreFighters and personalities react to UFN: Phoenix on Twitter

UFN Phoenix: Penn vs Rodriguez Results & Play By Play

UFN Phoenix: Penn vs Rodriguez Play By Play

FS1 Main Card BJ Penn vs Yair Rodriguez Rd 1: Rodriguez already trying some spinning stuff. BJ eats a huge left head kick. Rodriguez a spinning all over the place. BJ looking a little lost out there. Penn still has that great takedown defense, though. BJ looks just a step behind right now. Rodriguez teeing … Read moreUFN Phoenix: Penn vs Rodriguez Results & Play By Play

YAIR RODRIGUEZ VS. BJ PENN BY THE NUMBERS – UFC FIGHT NIGHT 103 PHOENIX

YAIR RODRIGUEZ VS. BJ PENN BY THE NUMBERS – UFC FIGHT NIGHT 103 PHOENIX MikeSwick.com

On Sunday January 15th, BJ Penn will return after a two and a half year layoff to face a young and rising star in Yair Rodriguez. BJ is coming off 3 straight losses to Frankie Edgar, Rory MacDonald and Nick Diaz, but plans to end that streak and achieve that taste of victory once again. Yair … Read moreYAIR RODRIGUEZ VS. BJ PENN BY THE NUMBERS – UFC FIGHT NIGHT 103 PHOENIX

Open Workout Highlights for UFC Fight Night: Phoenix

Open Workout Highlights for UFC Fight Night: Phoenix

Fighters took to the stage for the media open workouts. Everyone looked good and ready for their upcoming fights this Sunday at UFC Fight Night: Phoenix. No one looked happier to be there than the returning Prodigy, BJ Penn. For the record, everyone made weight at the early weigh-ins today. So, we have some fight tomorrow!


Notable quotes from the Open Workout:

“I forgot this half (fan interaction). I’ve just been doing the fighting part. This other half, I love it. I’m so happy I’m here.”

-BJ Penn

“I respect him so much. But, If you are mad at me, we are going to fight anyway. So you want to fight me? Well, this is what we do.”

-Yair Rodriguez

“I’m excited! She likes to stand and bang. That’s what I like to do. I hope that we put on a freakin’ good fight”

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger

“Even before I got to the UFC… I wasn’t supposed to be here and I wasn’t supposed to stay here, so let’s do it.”

-John Moraga

“I’m fighting Augusto. I wanted to fight here (Phoenix). So that’s just kind of what happened.”

-Frankie Saenz

UFC Fight Night 103 Main Card Predictions – Sawa Says

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Devon Sawa is not Just a Fantastic Actor, he’s a Huge fan of MMA and He’s making His Picks for UFC events right here at MikeSwick.com When I was thinking about who I’d like to reach out to for celebrity picks for UFC events it came down to two very simple factors.  Devon Sawa knows … Read moreUFC Fight Night 103 Main Card Predictions – Sawa Says

#AskTheProdigy. UFC has a fan Q&A on twitter, with BJ Penn

#AskTheProdigy. UFC has a fan Q&A on twitter, with BJ Penn

The UFC offers fans a chance to ask fighters questions via Twitter, during fight week. This week, we have UFC Fight Night: Phoenix and 1/2 of the main even is the returning icon, BJ Penn. Fans got their questions in and BJ answered. Who knew ‘The Prodigy’ was such a fan of Spam? How’d you … Read more#AskTheProdigy. UFC has a fan Q&A on twitter, with BJ Penn

Only a few days until he fights BJ Penn and Yair Rodriguez is supremely confident.

Only a few days until he fights BJ Penn and Yair Rodriguez is supremely confident.

“People are going to criticize you if you lose. People are going to criticize you if you win. So, fu*k people.” Jeez Yair Rodriguez, tell us how you really feel. Actually he did. One half of the UFC Fight Night: Phoenix main event went on The MMA Hour this morning and was all kinds of … Read moreOnly a few days until he fights BJ Penn and Yair Rodriguez is supremely confident.

The drought is over, it’s an MMA extravaganza this weekend

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There were no mainstream MMA events this past weekend. It was an MMA Drought I know if you’re anything like me, you suffered through an agonizing MMA-less snooze-fest this past weekend. No UFC, no Bellator, no Invicta, not even a live event on AXS for the hardcore fan to tune into and check out.  It … Read moreThe drought is over, it’s an MMA extravaganza this weekend