Yair Rodriguez On BJ Penn Training At Jackson-Wink: I Don’t Give A F*ck


As a potential future star of MMA, 24-year-old former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Latin American winner Yair Rodriguez will look to continue his rise up the featherweight ranks when he puts his undefeated Octagon record on the line against returning former two-division champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn in the main event of this weekend’s (Jan. 15, 2016) UFC Fight Night 103 from Phoenix, Arizona.

Many have doubted Penn leading up to his return bout based on the fact he hasn’t competed since 2014 and hasn’t won a fight since 2010. However, the former lightweight and former welterweight champion is training under the tutelage of legendary coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn, which could help to revive his career.

Rodriguez has actually spent time at Jackson-Winkeljohn as well, although he isn’t worried about his training secrets being leaked to “The Prodigy”. In fact, Rodriguez recently told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he doesn’t give a ‘f*ck’ about it:

“He’s been training with people that know me really well and are my friends — ‘Cowboy,’ Diego Sanchez, ‘Magician,’ Jackson, ‘Wink,’” he said. “All of those guys can easily tell him where I’m good at … and not. I don’t really care, I’m a fighter and you have to worry about me at any area of the fighting game. I can wrestle, I can strike and I can grapple and I really don’t give a f*ck.

“I’m a fighter and I was born a fighter. I’m a champion, I know I’m a champion already.”

It has indeed been a few years since Rodriguez spent time at the notorious gym in New Mexico, and although he now trains at Valle Flow Striking in Chicago, he says there’s no hard feelings between him and Jackson.

Do you feel is Rodriguez will continue to shine, or will Penn get back to his winning ways?

  • ernesto chavez

    If I see one more bait and switch story title on this site, I will have to stop reading it. Stop it please, it’s not necessary if you have good writers, ideas, accuracy, and content.

  • David Twardy

    Yair is being built up like Sage or Page or Gall……Even getting a bigger push. Yair beat Fili and has since been booked for only main events. Guess the UFC is giving up on Cain and want a steady Mexican star. Canada doesn’t have an active star, can’t wait to see Mitch Gagon fighting in a main event soon.

    • doublehalf21

      Not even close to the push or money Sage/Paige have gotten. Especially considering he won TUF while their only accomplishments were being young,attractive, blonde fighters. Yair Rodriguez should be getting a lot more attention/push considering he can have a whole country behind him. If he wins this fight I see the UFC giving him that. And yes the UFC let Canada’s biggest star go to Bellator (Rory Macdonald)

      • David Twardy

        I think Yair’s push is the same. 2 main events based off winning TUF LA. and beating Fili…..He has been booked for non stop fan appearances since his last fight . Been the Q and A guy in Portland ( with paige). He’s a good fighter unlike Sage. Just not liking this main event status after beating a bunch of never weres so far.

  • Wabbit

    Penn is putting his legacy on the line, perhaps one time too many..sad to see.

    • doublehalf21

      Yea but if he really wants to make a come back this is as good and as easy as it gets for him. It’s a good tune up fight for Penn with a TUF winner that has a decent name. For Yair it’s a break through fight, having TUF and a win over Penn on his resume will look very impressive at only 24-25 years old.