“UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz” took place Saturday night inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nick Diaz put on a dazzling performance against BJ Penn in the night’s featured attraction. Not only did he possibly retire Penn, but his bold comments towards UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre after his unanimous decision victory also scored him a title shot.
Super Bowl Saturday will now host GSP vs. Diaz.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Clifford Starks Defeated Dustin Jacoby via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Francis Carmont Defeated Chris Camozzi via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Ramsey Nijem Defeated Danny Downes via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
Brandon Vera Defeated Eliot Marshall via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bart Palaszewski Defeated Tyson Griffin via KO (Punches) 2:45 in the 1stRound
Donald Cerrone Defeated Dennis Siver via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:22 in the 1stRound
Hatsu Hioki Defeated George Roop via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Scott Jorgensen Defeated Jeff Curran via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Roy Nelson Defeated Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via TKO (Punches) at 1:30 in the 3rdRound
Cheick Kongo Defeated Matt Mitrione via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27)
Nick Diaz Defeated BJ Penn via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
Fight of the Night Bonuses:
Fight of the Night:
BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz ($75,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Donald Cerrone ($75,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Bart Palaszewski ($75,000)
Post-Fight Press Conference Notes:
Penn was taken to the hospital and did not attend the press conference.
According to UFC president Dana White (Pictured), 10,313 fans packed the arena, garnering $3.9 million at the gate.Penn was taken to the hospital and did not attend the press conference.
According to UFC president Dana White (Pictured), 10,313 fans packed the arena, garnering $3.9 million at the gate.
White sure if Diaz’s personality is good for the sport, but he just wants Nick to be Nick.
White not sure if Penn will still retire.
Cheick Kongo says Cain Velasquez got lucky in their first meeting because he took it on short notice and didn’t have his legs. It’s been five fights and would like a rematch. He said it respectfully, though.
Diaz thinks he put on a poor performance. He didn’t fight a smart fight. He wasn’t 100 percent today. He went through hard times leading up to this scrap.
Diaz wasn’t as motivated because he didn’t figth Georges St-Pierre like he was supposed to. That’s why is face is so battered.
He says GSP should want to fight the Strikeforce champ and unify the titles. But he admits he’s “not important” enough.
White: GSP is pissed and thinks Diaz is the most disrespectful fighter ever. He wants to put on the worst beating on him.
It’s on: GSP vs. Diaz on Super Bowl weekend.
Carlos Condit agreed to step aside and will compete on the same card.