The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the gate and attendance figures for last month’s UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz fight card, revealing that the event pulled in an audience of 10,313 to generate a live gate of $3,900,650.
UFC 137 went down on Saturday, October 29, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and featured a main event between former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn and Nick Diaz.
The fight card was originally slated to feature a welterweight title fight between champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz, but Diaz was pulled from the fight for flaking on media duties. Diaz was replaced by BJ Penn’s original opponent, Carlos Condit, and then pitted against Penn in the co-main event. Shortly before the fight, GSP injured his leg and withdrew from the main event, prompting the UFC to postpone St-Pierre vs. Condit and promote Penn vs. Diaz into the main event.
Penn and Diaz were expected to throw down, but few people were prepared for what they saw when the two men finally stepped into the cage. After putting on a strong first round, Penn began to wilt under Diaz’s never-ending assault. The Hawaiian battler stuck it out until the last bell, but just barely. Diaz put The Prodigy through the ringer, busting his face up worse than it’s ever been and showing that his relentless torrent of punches does anything but pitter-patter.
With that emphatic victory and a fiery post-fight call-out of the champ, Diaz earned himself the title shot he previously had taken away. GSP and the pride of Stockton are expected to face off at UFC 143 on February 4, Super Bowl weekend.