Mutual respect or not, Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn are ready to scrap after an intense weigh-ins almost resulted in the fight happening 24 hours early.
Both Diaz and Penn hit the mark to make their main event fight at UFC 137 official, but as soon as the Hawaiian stepped off the scale he charged towards Diaz and the two fighters butted heads immediately. Diaz fired back with a push and immediately UFC president Dana White and other swarmed in to separate the two competitors.
Diaz left the stage as soon as the weigh in was over and never spoke to UFC commentator Joe Rogan, but Penn stuck around for a very few short words.
“He’s a good opponent, it’s time to fight,” said Penn.
All of the other fighters made weight without issue except for Tyson Griffin, who came in three pounds over the 146-pound limit in his featherweight bout with Bart Palaszewski. Griffin has one hour to cut the additional weight, or he will likely be fined a part of his purse for missing the mark for his bout.
UFC 137 MAIN CARD PAY-PER-VIEW:
B.J. Penn (169) vs. Nick Diaz (170)
Matt Mitrione (255) vs. Cheick Kongo (234)
Mirko Cro Cop (235) vs. Roy Nelson (252)
Scott Jorgensen (135) vs. Jeff Curran (134)
Hatsu Hioki (145) vs. George Roop (145)
SPIKE TV PRELIMINARY CARD:
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (156) vs. Dennis Siver (155)
Tyson Griffin (149) vs. Bart Palaszewski (146)*
FACEBOOK PRELIMINARY CARD:
Brandon Vera (205) vs. Eliot Marshall (204)
Ramsey Nijem (155) vs. Danny Downes (155)
Chris Camozzi (185) vs. Francis Carmont (185)
Dustin Jacoby (185) vs. Clifford Starks (186)
*Griffin has one hour to cut the additional three pounds