Nick Diaz bloodies BJ Penn, wins unanimous decision
All Nick Diaz needed was the taste of blood.
The former Strikeforce champion, who infamously cost himself a title shot with Georges St-Pierre when he skipped pre-event media commitments, instead took out his frustrations on B.J. Penn and battered the former UFC champ into the night’s second career retirement.
The fight headlined the pay-per-view main card of Saturday’s UFC 137 event, which took place Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Both fighters showed impressive striking accuracy in the first round, one in which Penn took Diaz’s back but couldn’t capitalize once on the mat. But on the feet, he matched Diaz’s punches and landed the type of accurate blows the former Strikeforce champ has rarely dealt with in recent fights.
|Height||5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)|
|Weight||170 (77.11 kg)|
|Team||BJ Penn’s MMA|
|Height||6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)|
|Weight||169 (76.66 kg)|
|Team||Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu|