B.J. Penn’s (16-11-2) return to the Octagon after a two-and-half year layoff was spoiled by a beatdown so thorough, it was like watching an aging prize fighter get in the ring one too many times.
The 38-year-old former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion went up against much younger fighter in 24-year-old Yair Rodriguez (10-1) and the disparity in speed and overall skill was so evident that you could hardly bear to watch. The bout was called for Rodriguez in a TKO just 24 seconds into round two.
Penn’s last UFC win came in November of 2010 against Matt Hughes at UFC 123. His last noteworthy fight was a first round loss to Nick Diaz in October of 2011.