MMA fans didn’t get to see current welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defend his belt against Carlos Condit at UFC 137, but the main event between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz definitely made up for it. Here are the results of the UFC 137 fight card held on Oct. 29, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nick Diaz defeats BJ Penn
Penn looked good in the first round, but his cardio started fading in the second. Diaz took control in the second round, battering the tired Hawaiian with crisp combinations. Diaz took the second and third rounds easily, earning the unanimous decision in his first fight back with the UFC. After the fight BJ Penn announced his retirement.
Cheick Kongo defeats Matt Mitrione
Both men failed to engage in the first round, with Mitrione pushing forward and Kongo constantly backing down. The pace picked up a bit in the second round, with both men landing a few strikes. Kongo finally turned it up in the third round, taking Mitrione to the ground and punishing him with some big shots. All three judges scored the fight for Kongo, giving him the unanimous decision.
Roy Nelson defeats Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Very interesting MMA fight between a much leaner Nelson and a reenergized “Cro Cop.” Mirko took the first round and almost finished the bout in the opening minutes of the second round, but Nelson came back strong at the end of the second frame, trapping “Cro Cop” in a mounted-crucifix and blasting away. Nelson finished the MMA fight in the final round, sending “Cro Cop” to the canvas with a sharp combo and finishing with some vicious ground-and-pound from back-mount.
Scott Jorgensen defeats Jeff Curran
Curran came close to securing a few submissions, but Jorgensen controlled a majority of the MMA fight with his takedowns and ground control, earning himself the unanimous decision.
Hatsu Hioki defeats George Roop
Hioki was a huge favorite coming into UFC 137, but Roop was the better man during the MMA fight. I gave Roop the first and third rounds, but the judges saw the MMA fight differently. Two Octagon-side judges scored the MMA fight 29-28 for Hioki, giving him the split-decision win in his UFC debut.
Clifford Starks defeats Dustin Jacoby (unanimous decision)
Francis Carmont defeats Chris Camozzi (unanimous decision)
Ramsey Nijem defeats Daniel Downes (unanimous decision)
Brandon Vera defeats Eliot Marshall (unanimous decision)
Bart Palaszewski defeats Tyson Griffin (KO, round one)
Donald Cerrone defeats Dennis Siver (rear-naked choke, round one)