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UFC 137 Aftermath: Nick Diaz Pulls a Nick Diaz, Retires BJ Penn

Business as usual. Props:

Let’s get the obvious out of the way as soon as possible: Last night’s UFC 137 was nothing that it was supposed to be. The odds of things playing out as they were supposed to with this card were slim from the beginning, with Nick Diaz compromising the initial main event with his decision to no-show press week and GSP having to withdraw from his match with Carlos Condit. But at least we could rest assured that BJ Penn would deliver some karma to Nick Diaz in the form of a quick beating, right?

Throughout the first round of last night’s main event, it looked that way. BJ Penn’s counter striking proved too much for Diaz early on, as Penn outworked the Strikeforce champion, managing a takedown as well. But by the second round, Nick Diaz came back to take complete control of the fight. His better conditioning allowed him to keep Penn against the cage and unleash strikes at will. By the third round, BJ Penn’s defense was completely ineffective, as Nick Diaz continued to batter Penn. With his eleventh straight victory, Nick Diaz looks as ready for Georges St. Pierre as anyone has in a while. The bout also earned both men the 75k Fight of the Night honors.

Perhaps BJ Penn was just pulling a Jamie Varner last night, and announcing his retirement out of frustration. But if he wasn’t, it’s hard to argue against his decision. BJ Penn is 1-3-1 in his last five fights, with his sole victory coming over the recently retired Matt Hughes. If it wasn’t clear from his draw against Jon Fitch that he would never be a champion in the UFC again, it became pretty obvious after watching him gas out and get picked apart last night. Penn’s legacy can’t improve at this point, but it can certainly diminish with more losses to contenders in the UFC. He’s making the right move by retiring; let’s just see if he actually sticks to it.

It’s never fun when a fight that is supposed to deliver fireworks comes up short. What else is there to really say about Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo? The fight that was supposed to deliver a quick, exciting finish was decided by Cheick’s efforts to secure takedowns in the third round after two rounds of lackluster action. Excuse us if we sound cynical, but where exactly does Cheick Kongo go from here? He hasn’t lost since his first round submission to Frank Mir at UFC 107, but to imply that he should be given a contender at heavyweight seems a bit ridiculous. Likewise, Matt Mitrione is now 5-1, and returns to the lower end of the middle of the pack at heavyweight.

Roy Nelson’s physique may not have improved as drastically as some expected, but he seemed to be taking his career much more seriously in his fight with Mirko Filipovic. In a sentence we never thought we’d type, Nelson used his conditioning (?!) to outlast the PRIDE legend en route to a third round TKO. It’s a welcome change of pace from the Roy Nelson we were accustomed to seeing. It’s hard to imagine that Cro Cop isn’t retiring for real this time after watching him lose last night. We would write more about this, but Cro Cop has been talking about retirement for so long that it’s hard to say more than “Thanks for the memories” at this point.

In other action, Scott Jorgensen earned a unanimous decision over Jeff Curran, while Hatsu Hioki picked up a controversial split decision over George Roop. Perhaps it was Octagon jitters, perhaps it was jet lag, perhaps it was Japanese fighters being overrated to begin with or perhaps it was a combination of the three, but Hatsu Hioki’s UFC debut left a lot to be desired from him. Also of note, Submission of the Night honors went to Donald Cerrone for his first round rear naked choke over Dennis Siver. Regardless of what you think of Cerrone outside of the cage, the guy is on an absolute tear in the lightweight division, easily handling Siver on his way to the early stoppage. Also, Bart Palaszewski picked up Knockout of the Night honors with his KO over Tyson Griffin. Griffin entered the fight losing three of his last four, showed up three pounds overweight, and got knocked out in the first round. Excuse us for pointing out the obvious, but his walking papers are more than likely on the way.

Full results, courtesy of

 Main card
Nick Diaz def. BJ Penn via unanimous decision
Cheick Kongo def. Matt Mitrione via unanimous decision
Roy Nelson def. Mirko Cro Cop via third-round TKO
Scott Jorgensen def. Jeff Curran via unanimous decision
Hatsu Hioki def. George Roop via split decision

Preliminary card
Donald Cerrone def. Dennis Siver via submission (rear-naked choke)
Bart Palaszewski def. Tyson Griffin via first-round KO
Brandon Vera def. Eliot Marshall via unanimous decision
Ramsey Nijem def. Danny Downes via unanimous decision
Francis Carmont def. Chris Camozzi via unanimous decision
Clifford Starks def. Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision

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xomxomxom- November 2, 2011 at 1:17 am
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oc in this bitch- October 31, 2011 at 10:43 pm
dang andy the only thing that seems to be inflamed is ur hemroids.bad mood?everyone has an opinion fuck up thats why theres fans of all different ive been sayin means exactly that ive been sayin it the whole time.doesnt that mean my opinion is now fact jack?my opinion is ur a bangwagon fan who probably likes the patriots yankees and now the underdogs all day in this bitch.its easy to be a fan of front runners.raiders-dodgers till i die.
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AndyInflammatory- October 31, 2011 at 4:21 am
GSP stands up with Diaz until he doesn't. Where in that is there a flawed plan? He outboxed BJ in their last fight, outwrestled and then gameplanned him into a coma. He's beaten everyone put in front of him and still dumb fucking clowns still think it's okay to say he's scared? Do you honestly believe anything you write, or just everything Diaz says.

And any fucking idiot can come online and say "ive been saying this from the beginning..." but that doesn't mean shit. Their opinion is about as useless as mine. Their screen name says a lot about their mentality however.

And I've been saying that from the beginning up in this bitch.
XENOPHON- October 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm
Come on bro, why waste time thinking of your dream fights, when their is no ranking, and fights are made based on polling results.
Since we are on fight line ups, who the fuck put's Cerrone on a non-televised fight?
I am going all in, Diaz over GSP.
As for BJ, his record his not that impressive as was pointed out, not as it was years ago. The height and reach from Diaz was just too much. In his case, he should not have went up in weight. As he has gotten older, the extra training to fight at the lower weight class paid dividends.
Ogre- October 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm
And by the way, I really hope Nick's naysayers are starting to get how good this guy is
Ogre- October 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm
It's pretty evident Nick didn't take a swing at him. He had his arms up and when Dana jumped in to separate them his right arm got pushed toward BJ's head.
RwilsonR- October 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm
Thanks MediumRare. I'm trying to ween myself off with some oxycodone, and deal with one habit at a time.
IrishMMA- October 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Condit should still have his shot, Dana talks about disrespect and playing the game and he goes and takes the shot away just because Diaz wants to have a tantrum and call someone out, he beat and out of shape BJ who probably would of lost to Condit, Ellenberger or Kos! Everyone who joins to ufc has to prove themselves against the pedigree of theyre division and Diaz has not done so! Condit vs Kos i wana see Kos KTFO!
coloradored- October 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm
what the heck do you mean sonofserbia condit needs a fight with those guys. he doesn,t need to fight a kos or ellenberger for a worthy shot.he already beat ellenberger idiot. that swelled up red nose clown diaz needs to figjht one of them to prove he's worthy..better yet it doesn't even have to be one of those guys,let him fight some one that has some cardio and win then he can have his title shot..his little winnig streak he's on... i think all the guys might have been smokers...cause not one has had cardio
MediumRare- October 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm
@Anhonestmoose: Yes. Cerrone now possesses my favorite pair of nuts and I am hugging them tightly.
Anyone else want to climb on the bandwagon?
MediumRare- October 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm
@oc in this bitch: I agree with you 100% about Diaz's jab vs GSPs jab but pump the brakes just a touch...
RwilsonR isn't an idiot. I heard he has a meth problem but he's not an idiot.
MediumRare- October 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm
@danomite: he took those guys down - and by those guys I mean BJ. Leave Alves and Koscheck just for the moment. Read on...
@RwilsonR: You're right about BJ and KJ being fat asses. You're also right that, in shape, they would both out-box Diaz. The first round last night showed that. But they also would out-box GSP with their eyes closed. And, sadly, they are fat-asses.
BJ is a tornado on the feet. Look what happened to Sanchez. BJ in good condition would beat Diaz. He'd also beat GSP with one arm in a boxing match. But GSP's trump card is his wrestling.
And he'll need that trump card against Diaz. Mark my words and be prepared for the "I told you so" come February.
GSP will likely win. But it won't be with his jab.
What the fuck is this
oc in this bitch- October 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm
rwilson ur an idiot straight up.
oc in this bitch- October 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm
thats funny diaz's jab is way more potent then gsps.everyone hates on diaz all the time.since ive said from the beginning diaz is the shit and a true fighter not just a sport fighter.hes been doin it all his life and if u guys cant tell u must not have ever seen a real fighter.hes goin to bludgen gsps face like bjs.and i love bj but he had no chance not too many do.diazs boxing is beter his ground game is better and his fighting is better.gsp is goin to have to fight like he never has before and i dont see that happening.
Anhonestmoose- October 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm
Anyone else find it insane that Cerrone has had 6 fights in the last year, and won them all?
RwilsonR- October 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm
@ MediumRare - a mildly in-shape BJ Penn or KJ Noons would disagree with you. If those fat assess hadn't been such fat asses, they would have both beat the shit out of Diaz on the feet. So will GSP.
danomite- October 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm
same thing was said about Alves, Koscheck, and BJ when they fought GSP. none of those guys even came close to hurting him. and don't say 'oh, he took those guys down'. over half the alves fight was on the feet and so was all of the koscheck fight.
MediumRare- October 30, 2011 at 11:52 am
@frndlylion: "...wait till the GSP jab of death serves him up a broken orbital."
Was last night the first time you've seen Diaz fight? I guaran-fucking-tee you, GSP will stand with Diaz for just long enough to realize he needs to get the fight the fuck to the ground.
Diaz stand-up > GSP stand-up by a considerable shot.
frndlylion- October 30, 2011 at 11:44 am
@RwilsonR Cerrone and Henderson have already fought twice. Henderson won both times. The last time very decisively. I doubt he would be interested in doing it a 3rd time.

BJ is and always has been over rated. He has the gas tank of a pinto. Blows up when you put pressure on it.

You think Diaz's face is busted up now just wait till the GSP jab of death serves him up a broken orbital. I dont think we have ever seen GSP really angry at an opponent before this. Might be really fun to watch.
SonOfSerbia- October 30, 2011 at 11:44 am
Condit should fight Ellenberger, Shields, or KossRoss, before he gets a crack at the title
RwilsonR- October 30, 2011 at 11:29 am
Why not Kongo vs Nelson next? Both are in about the same place in the division, with losses to Mir. I think it makes sense.
NinjaVanish- October 30, 2011 at 11:14 am
I always say this and get hated on for it, but I don't see the hype behind BJ. He's 16-8-2, with pretty much all of his fights against solid competition ending with BJ getting worked. He never seemed to take training seriously, and the hype this guy had heaped on him was ridiculous, and I think it went to BJ's head. He should have been booted for holding the Pulver choke though, Babalu got booted from the UFC, why didn't Penn?
danomite- October 30, 2011 at 11:01 am
Jesus, when I said bj was gonna crush Diaz I was assuming that he was going to at least train a little bit for the fight. I could literally see him gas about two minutes into the second round after that failed takedown. He needs to retire if he can't train for a fight more seriously than that.
budsellers- October 30, 2011 at 11:01 am
i think condit made a wise choice to request his next fight on the same card as gsp vs diaz. he probably did not have a choice anyway so at least this way he will get this next #1 contender fight and probably a fight against the winner or loser of gsp vs diaz. if he had tried to be an asshole to DW, he would have ended up in the doghouse like rashad.