UFC 137 Results: Diaz Wins with Punishing Performance, Penn Calls it a Career

October 30, 2011
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Some might say that Nick Diaz blew his golden opportunity for UFC 137 when he failed to show up to two press conferences and got yanked out of the main event.

In the bigger picture, Diaz came back to the UFC with just as much fire and vigor as he was expected to have, and ended up with a dominant win over a legend in B.J. Penn, in what may be his final fight in the Octagon.

A confident Diaz almost caused his fight with B.J. Penn to happen 24 hours earlier at the weigh-ins when the two fighters butted heads and had to be separated. This was after a week where both Diaz and Penn showed the utmost respect for each other.

Once it was fight time however, neither fighter seemed to be a fan of the other.

Diaz came out aggressive early, but found himself on his back courtesy of a B.J. Penn takedown. Penn was strong and fast in the early part of the fight, controlling Diaz with his boxing and slipping in shots when stuck in the clinch.

Everything changed when round two began.

In his normal fight mode, Diaz plodded forward and started to throw his signature boxing combinations that apparently know no end. The Stockton, Calif. native blasted away at Penn with combinations that never really slowed down as the Hawaiian started to bleed from his nose and his eye swelled up like a balloon.

Penn never fell, but he certainly wasn’t feeling good after Diaz just blitzed him with punches to the head and body.

The final round saw a more active Penn, who tried his best to fire back in small bursts while it was obvious that his cardio was failing him. Diaz just sat back and waited for Penn to slow and then cracked him time and time again with jabs then unloading the occasional rib shaker body punch.

When the final horn sounded both fighters were bloody, but Diaz held his hands high in victory while a broken and beaten B.J. Penn looked dejected in defeat.

The scores all went in Diaz’s favor and the former Strikeforce champion, who was originally supposed to face UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, didn’t waste any time calling him out after the fight.

“Where you at Georges? Where you at mother (expletive)?,” Diaz screamed.

“I don’t think Georges is hurt, I think he’s scared. I think he’s scared to fight everybody right now. Where you at Georges?”

The cameras at UFC 137 found St-Pierre with a smile on his face and he made a motion as if to mock Diaz that he was actually scared to fight him.

When his attention turned to B.J. Penn, Diaz was very respectful and gave credit to a fighter he said he looked up to and was a fan of for many years before Saturday night.

“B.J.’s the man, I always loved watching him fight,” Diaz said.

The most shocking moment of UFC 137 may have come after Diaz finished talking because as UFC commentator Joe Rogan approached a bloody B.J. Penn, his words were spackled with finality.

“Hats off to Nick Diaz, he’s the man. Joe, this is probably the last time you’re ever going to see me in here. I want to perform at the top level. That’s it,” Penn said.

“I’ve got a daughter, another daughter on the way, I don’t want to go home looking like this. I’m done.”

The heat of the moment may play a part in this, but if Penn’s resolve stays the same he walks away known as one of the greatest and most popular fighters to ever grace the UFC cage.

Nick Diaz meanwhile will likely continue his verbal assault on UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but he may have to wait for a while to actually confront him in the cage because Carlos Condit will get the next crack at the title in the early part of 2012.

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  • sirreadsalot10

    It was a good fight. I thought it would go the other way and for a round it did. I thought BJ won the first round with his crisp boxing and ground dominance. Diaz turned it around in the second and BJ just couldn’t keep the pace with the bigger fighter. If BJ really retires, I am thankful for all the great fights he gave us in his career.

  • RonnieV

    I gave the first round to Penn, but Diaz’s conditioning is unreal. I cannot think of another fighter that can throw that many consistent punches. If any of you have sparred before, you will know that that is just flat-out sick endurance. Diaz eats punches better than any welterweight, BJ landed some solid shots, and it looked they just fueled Diaz.

  • RonnieV

    It’s Offical Diaz-GSP Super Bowel Weekend!

  • I love BJ Penn…that being said, I was on this website arguing and telling people that Nick Diaz is the real deal! Dude trains triatholons. His boxing and conditioning are superb. I Had Diaz winning this since I heard about the match up and that is NOT a shot at the Legend and Prodigy BJ Penn. GSP does NOT stand a chance against this kid. His timing, accuracy, conditioning, skill level and heart are just what he needs as a fighter to beat GSP the Athlete. The Athlete GSP don’t want NONE of the Fighter Diaz. See you at the fights!

    • sirreadsalot10

      Diaz proved me wrong in this fight (I picked Pen to win), but he won’t out cardio GSP. Also if GSP is getting the worst of it he will transition to wrestling mode, take Diaz down and then do his “safe” non lethal ground and pound. I think it will be a good fight but I just can’t see Diaz overwhelming GSP like he did Pen. It’s going to take a power puncher that catches him flush to beat GSP, and Diaz KO’s guys through a volume of punches rather that one punch power.

  • MikeMc1983

    Bj penn just really confuses me at times. I agree that Diaz showed great cardio. He fired off a ton of strikes on bj when he covered up.
    What I don’t get is what the hell happened to bj. Penn may have fell short of completely out classing Diaz in the first round, and I mean may have. Even standing what nick does was doing nothing to hurt bj.
    Then in almost carwin like fashion bj seemed like he couldn’t walk to start the 2nd round. It’s not like bj expended energy like carwin did against Brock.
    Bj in the first just pretty smoothly made Diaz look like a b- fighter.

    Then, bj was done. I can understand being tired after a really grueling round, but it really wasn’t. He had one round of cardio and that was it. No speed, or power left. He’s gassed in the past, but never so soon, and after such little work.

    The only thing that makes any sense is that maybe that Diaz body combo coming off the cage hurt something.
    If that’s not it than it’s like bj didn’t train. I don’t know. I love watching bj when he’s right. There’s arguably no one with better skills with a full tank.
    His boxing, and wrestling were obviously superior in the first. Then he just covered up, and threw shots that couldn’t ko an infant the next 2 rounds.

    And I almost agree with Diaz about George dropping out of his fight. George didn’t want to risk not being 100% against condit. George is the guy who requires 3 month notice to fight someone.
    However, I don’t think he’s ducking Diaz. There’s a big part of me that thinks that if he was still fighting Diaz, he would have fought him this weekend.

    George might be scared, but Nick, it’s not of you.

    • sirreadsalot10

      BJ is an enigma. I wonder if he is surrounded by yes men that just tell him what he wants to hear. Because whoever is picking his game-plans needs to be fired or if it’s BJ himself picking them, he needs an adviser or something. Both Edgar fights he boxed a younger faster fighter when he should have started the takedowns from the opening bell (or horn,whatever they use). He had it right in the Fitch fight and damn near beat the number two welterweight in the world. Now he does it again with Diaz. I don’t care what Rogan says, Diaz’s BJJ is not the same level as Pen’s. BJ boxed with a guy that throws 200 punches a round for the entire fight except for a few moments in the first round witch BJ dominated. The Cardio thing is well documented and BJ should have no excuse. I think he is missing a real trainer who will push him to his limit. Unfortunately, like many athletes all he has around him are hangars on who only tell him how great he is all the time.

    • RonnieV

      He tried to throw with Nick, it’s impossible to throw punches at Diaz pace. Penn tried to keep up, and it just drained him.

  • sb

    I think its gone to be a draw. Oh man I think I had way too many tequila shots.. Uggg! What’s what? Damn I can’t find my keys. Heeey baby whach you up to? Sorry bout that rant she was hot! -SB out

  • sirreadsalot10

    I would like to point out that Diaz, in true thug fashion, celebrated his win over Pen by apeing around the ring yelling obscenities at GSP. I have found, and obviously Nick Diaz agrees, that nothing says class quite like yelling Mother *ucker at the top of your lungs.

  • chuckalugk

    “Penn may have fell short of completely out classing Diaz in the first round, and I mean may have. ”

    I laugh at all you clowns that say Penn dominated the first round. He won the round, but come on “completely out classing Diaz”. That is a joke.

    If you want to see completely outclassing…watch the second round.

    • sirreadsalot10

      @ chuckalugk…When both fighters were fresh BJ outboxed Nick on the feet and outgrappled him on the ground. Outclassing Nick in every position they fought in. I would say that in the second round Nick’s cardio was the difference rather than that he outclassed BJ. I’m not dissing on Nick, he won and deserved to.

      Now, MikeMc1983 laid out a logical well though out post and your response is to highlight one line and then call everyone a clown that acknowledges the fact that Pen won the first round decisively. Nice, and classy I might add.

      It is funny to me how often thoughtful analysis is met with scorn by intellectual mongoloids such as yourself.

  • julianmoran

    B.J. Penn did very well. It is hard to fight back when you are dazed and on the verge of collapsing from getting hit yourself. B.J. Penn took Diaz’s punches like no one else has (except for KJ Noons), while effectively striking back.

    Diaz just had more effective striking.

  • BigGuy

    This site sucks ass!!! I tried to post ONE COMMENT, and it tells me to slow down. WTF??????

  • sb

    Bigguy what are talking about? It took me a second okay maybe 5. Anyway Penn did exactly what I thought, he tried to stand and bang with Diaz. Adios B.J. Should of kept shooting even if Diaz gets up shoot again.