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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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5 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    B J has nothing to be ashamed of thats for sure. So he lost a stand up war with Diaz, the little time they were on the ground was AWESOME.

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  • Niv says:

    Well now apparently GSP flipped out with Diaz’ comments after the fight and demanded to fight Diaz.

    Dana White said that Super Bowl weekend will now be GSP vs Diaz and Condit gets the next fight, holy crap!

    This is the fight I really wanted to see anyhow, Diaz will definitely push GSP, but I think an angry GSP is capable of killing someone, look out Diaz you may have bitten off more than you can chew. Can’t wait for this one!

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    The Diaz vs GSP fight will be interesting. Its dangerous for GSP on the feet and the ground. Over 5 rds Diaz could do a lot of damage and GSP minus the grease would have to be on the top of his game. I bet GSP will try the old punch and run, followed by the end of rd takedown method to out point Nick but as Jake showed us, GSP is a gameplan fighter. If you take GSP out of his game plan, he is vulnerable. Its going to be very difficult for the Canadian. BJ gave his all and showed great heart. He shouldnt retire though. He just drew with, Fitch, KOed Hughes and lost a war with the 2nd best (imo) WW in the world. He is competing with the best. Dont go BJ, not yet, give us another 4.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    At least now the Diaz haters cant fall back on the “he would lose to any top UFC fighter” crap. Must be horrible to lose that gem. Glad to see Roy Nelson beat a top 30 fighter for yhe first time, CroCop was on the way out. Heres my plan for the HW division. The winner of Lesnar vs Overeem to be next for the shot. Big Foot to fight Kongo, Mitrione vs Rogers, Nelson vs Carwin, the winner of the SF gp to fight the winner of Mir vs Nog for a possible shot, Werdum vs De Rosario, Kharitonov vs ???

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  • I think an Angry GSP will be unfocused sloppy and easy to beat for a guy like Diaz….when Shields started taunting GSP he started outboxing him and Nick will outbox him anyway….GSP has no safe place to go with Nick though…which just like with Condit makes for a better fight. IM tired of GSP fighting one dimensional fighters…time for him to start fighting the well rounded monsters…he wont make it through both of these title defenses with his belt.

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