Pre-fight Data– UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn
On January 15th, former two division UFC Champion B.J. Penn returns to the octagon to battle rising contender Yair Rodríguez. Penn comes into this fight as an underdog, as he’s looking to earn his first victory in nearly seven years. Let’s take a look at Verdict’s pre-fight data for Sunday’s main card.
Yair Rodríguez vs. B.J. Penn
In his first fight since 2014, 38 year old Penn will fight 24 year old Yair Rodríguez in a Featherweight contest. The last time Penn won a fight was in November of 2010. Rodríguez hadn’t even made his professional debut at that point.
Since making his professional debut in May of 2001, B.J. Penn has only been finished by KO/TKO twice in his career. With that being said, 54% of Verdict are predicting Yair Rodríguez to finish Penn by knockout. Penn is the underdog heading into this bout, only 24% of Verdict are predicting him to win.
Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held
In the co-main event of the evening, Marcin Held will battle Joe Lauzon in hopes of earning his first victory in the UFC.
Lauzon is heavily favored to win, as 87% of Verdict are predicting him to defeat Held. Out of his 26 career wins, Joe Lauzon has only 1 win by decision. Interestingly, 31% of Verdict are predicting Lauzon to defeat Held by decision.
Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders
In terms of odds, this is the most even bout on Sunday’s main card. After competing on the regional circuit in his last fight, Ben Saunders returns to the UFC to battle Court McGee.
As a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Ricardo Liborio, Ben Saunders has won 7 of his 20 professional victories by submission. Of those that are predicting Saunders to defeat McGee, 23% believe he’ll do so by submission.
John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis
The main card kicks off with former Flyweight title challenger John Moraga facing Sergio Pettis. Pettis hasn’t won three consecutive fights since 2013. He has an opportunity to prolong his winning streak to three if he defeats Moraga.
Of those that are predicting Pettis to win, 53% believe he’ll do it by decision.
Following UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn, we’ll go behind the numbers and release the post fight data. See you on Verdict!