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MARKBNLV
09-09-2011, 06:36 PM
UFC President Dana White on Thursday confirmed a rumored bout between Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn at UFC 137.

“This is crazy, but here we go again,” White posted Thursday on Twitter. “You wanted it, so you got it. Penn versus Diaz, Oct. 29 in Vegas.”

The reigning Strikeforce welterweight champion, Diaz had originally been slated to face Georges St. Pierre for the UFC title in the event's headliner. However, after allegedly missing two press conferences in as many days, Diaz was pulled from the bout by the UFC boss.

Instead of Diaz, Penn's original opponent, former WEC champion Carlos Condit, will now face the champion. With both Penn and Diaz left without an opponent, a potential bout between the two immediately drew attention from both media and fans alike.

UFC 137 will emanate from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Marquee welterweight matchups aside, the event will also feature a pair of pivotal heavyweight tilts, as Mirko Filipovic meets Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo scraps with Matt Mitrione.

A former two-division UFC champion, Penn returned to welterweight in 2010 following a pair of losses to UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar. The Hawaiian's reemergence at 170 pounds began fortuitously, as he knocked out old rival Matt Hughes in just 21 seconds at UFC 123. Most recently, Penn fought the highly-regarded Jon Fitch to a majority draw at UFC 127 this past February.

Diaz has not lost since 2007. The Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product captured the inaugural Strikeforce welterweight title in January of 2010, defending his belt thrice successfully before signing with the UFC earlier this year. Diaz's last in-cage appearance came against Paul Daley in April, as Diaz survived an early scare from the heavy-handed Brit to knock Daley out with only three seconds to go in the first round.

F l i c k e r
09-09-2011, 06:50 PM
On the same card too.

I don't get Nick. So you rather fight a tough fight and -then- get a title shot? Rather than fight GSP straight up? Crazy stuff.

Oh well. Condit and Nick. My two winners for the biggest fights of that card.

blaze778
09-09-2011, 07:47 PM
Talk about a good consolation. Great match up.

Penn-Diaz will **** all over GSP-Condit. I know Condit will try to make it a fight against GSP, but Penn vs, Diaz is a match I've wanted to see for awhile now.

I pick Diaz and GSP. They'll end up fighting at some point, maybe even next if Dana cools off on Nick.

MARKBNLV
09-09-2011, 08:53 PM
Talk about a good consolation. Great match up.

Penn-Diaz will **** all over GSP-Condit. I know Condit will try to make it a fight against GSP, but Penn vs, Diaz is a match I've wanted to see for awhile now.

I pick Diaz and GSP. They'll end up fighting at some point, maybe even next if Dana cools off on Nick.

I like these match ups so much more,Diaz and Penn are both oldschool and kind of at crossroads in their careers Penn needs to go on a win streak to look viable,And Diaz needs to prove he is a top ww i love the fight.