Nick Diaz may have squandered his opportunity to face Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight championship with his media no-shows, but he didn’t do enough to lose his spot in the organization or even on the UFC 137 fight card, as UFC president Dana White just revealed the Stockton kid will face off against BJ Penn in the night’s co-main event.
“This is crazy but here we go again! You wanted it so you got it. Penn vs Diaz Oct 29th in Vegas,” Tweeted the UFC boss.
When Diaz was pulled from the title fight, Penn’s original opponent Carlos Condit was promoted to challenge for the belt in his place, leaving the Hawaiian former champion with no one to scrap with at UFC 137. This afternoon, when Penn Tweeted that he’d been made an offer by the UFC that he couldn’t refuse and would likely be remaining on the fight card, many speculated that it would be Diaz who would be stepping in to give The Prodigy a fight.
Since losing his lightweight strap to Frankie Edgar, Penn has moved back north to welterweight, where his current run in the division sees him at 1-0-1, having knocked out Matt Hughes and fought Jon Fitch to a draw. Widely considered to be one of the most talented but inconsistent competitors in the sport, Penn is looking to make another run at the welterweight title by facing off against competitors like Diaz.
Mercurial, capricious and perhaps self-sabotaging, Nick Diaz’s saving grace is his fight style and prowess. The Californian is downright gritty and he competes like his opponents have insulted him by even agreeing to compete against him. He’s trained with Penn in the past, but don’t expect that to soften the chip on his shoulder too terribly much. Having vacated the Strikeforce welterweight championship to test his skills in the UFC once again, Diaz is currently riding a ten-fight winning streak.
UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit goes down on October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, now fresh with shuffled main and co-main events.