The future is undoubtedly bright for Yair Rodriguez following his epic, one-sided, and kind of sad annihilation of BJ Penn at #UFCPhoenix over the weekend. But is his "beef" with "The Prodigy" squashed for good?
Following Penn's claims that Rodriguez had requested him specifically in order to get an "easy fight," Rodriguez went on the verbal offensive in the days leading up to the fight, calling out Penn for "acting like an amateur" in his attempts at getting inside the TUF Latin America winner's head.
Of course, then "El Pantera" did THIS to Penn.
In the immediate aftermath of his lopsided win, however, it seems that Rodriguez was able to keep things civil with the former two-division champion. As he told MMAFighting:
“I talked to him after the fight and he said, ‘hey man, no disrespect, this is part of the game. I just said all that stuff because it’s part of the strategy, no disrespect.’ I told him, hey man, listen, I know it’s part of the strategy. We all do the same thing in different way, so I’m not mad at you, he’s not mad at me. I respect him even more right now, now that I’ve fought him. I know he’s a legend. He’s a powerful guy, and I’m pretty happy to have the victory tonight."
Having become the first man in UFC History to score a knockdown of Penn in a star-making performance, I can't imagine that Penn's words will have all that much of an effect on Rodriguez moving forward in any case.
Now if only he had used his post-fight speech to start some real beef with one of his fellow featherweights, then he might have been onto something.