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Nick Diaz vs. Bj Penn Scheduled For UFC 137:
Yep you read that right.
The UFC has decided to allow the Stockton Outlaw Nick Diaz another shot at UFC 137 and this time it is against MMA legend BJ Penn. Penn was originally slated to face Carlos Condit, who was called up to replace Diaz against champion Georges Saint Pierre when Diaz missed two mandatory press conferences.
The UFC was originally punishing" Diaz by pulling him from his title shot but now has decided to play nice and match him against Penn. Because I am more interested in what happens inside of the fences rather than outside, I will keep my rant short. This is a pointless move on the part of the UFC and Dana White. I would rather have Penn Vs. Diaz over nothing, but it seems like all of this could have been avoided by simply fining Diaz for missing the pressers and moving on.
On the fighting side of things:
This is a compelling bout because both Diaz and Penn offer similar styles. They both are decorated jiu jitsu fighters with a penchant for striking and the knack for finishing fights. I believe that Diaz is at an early advantage based on his striking abilities and overall style but Penn has the pop to end fights with one punch and he will step into the pocket with impunity.
As far as Condit verse GSP, call me a hater but I would like to see a changing of the guard here. Condit is respectful, talented and dangerous, he doesn't sound fake or put on when asked a direct question and take risks to win fights. Because Gsp and Condit are were training partners, one would have to give the advantage to the champion in this situation. The last minute change up may stir things up, but the "Hold him down" game plan applies to almost anyone and GSP is better than anyone at doing it.
What do you think? Is this another example of Zuffa's savvy damage control or Dana White being a drama queen who tantrums at the drop of a hat?