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B.J. Penn earns Fight of the Night honors in final performance

Saturday night marked a bittersweet evening for MMA fans who watched two legends of the sport, B.J. Penn and Mirko Filipovic, walk away from competition after being handed defeats in their respective bouts at UFC 137.

However, at least one saving grace was involved as Penn’s pairing with Nick Diaz was named “Fight of the Night” with each man taking home $75,000 as a result. Penn and Diaz duked it out for fifteen minutes with the outspoken Diaz ultimately earning the victory in large part due to his superior stand-up.

“Submission of the Night” and “Knockout of the Night” were both fairly obvious choices with Donald Cerrone and Bart Palaszewski doing the prelims proud by earning the awards. Cerrone’s distinction came after outclassing opponent Dennis Siver in the striking department, then maneuvering onto the injured German’s back to procure a Rear-Naked Choke. Comparably, Palaszewski rendered Tyson Griffin into a puddle of goo with a series of powerful, precise punches. Like Diaz and Penn, each man earned an extra $75,000 for their showings.

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