Diaz to fight Penn at UFC 137

The UFC President tweeted today that Nick Diaz would be back on UFC 137 as the co main event of the show.  Nick Diaz who had originally been scheduled to fight Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, will now take on BJ Penn.  According to mmajunkie.com

The UFC president today tweeted that Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has been re-booked to meet Penn (16-7-2 MMA, 12-6-2 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC 137, which takes place on Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Nick Diaz was removed from the main event very recently as he pulled two no shows for press conferences that were set up to help promote the fight.  Diaz posted a brief video in response to the news.  According to mmajunkie.com

“I was out in San Francisco, last-minute, trying to get on an airplane to go to a press conference for the UFC,” Diaz says in the video. “They wanted me to fight for the title against Georges St-Pierre. Now they’re telling me they’re going to give the fight to Carlos Condit, which I think is ridiculous. Georges thinks it’s a great idea because Carlos Condit poses an even greater threat. So I guess that just leaves me out.”

Even with Diaz coming from a 10 fight win streak in Strikeforce, and Penn having a disappointing tie vs Jon Fitch at UFC 127 it still looks like a great match for fight fans.  Diaz with his unorthodox boxing, high level jiu jitsu, vs BJ Penn with his disciplined boxing style and high level jiu jitsu.  No matter which way it goes it appears MMA fight fans are the real winners.

References

MMAjunkie.com Staff on Sep 07, 2011, Diaz apologizes for missing UFC 137 “beauty pageant,” proclaims he’s ready to fight, Retrieved online 09/08/2011 from http://mmajunkie.com/news/25135/diaz-apologizes-for-missing-ufc-137-beauty-pageant-proclaims-hes-ready-to-fight.mma

MMA top 10 Injuries

We here at the Beatdown always wish the best for all athletes well being, but we can’t seem to look away from the train wrecks.  Speaking of train wrecks, check out thefightnerd.com‘s top ten injury video:

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UFC Strikeforce merger:

After Zuffa announced the coming merger of Strikeforce into the UFC ranks, back in March, the company has released very little information.

It seems as though the UFC wants to make the deal happen without making too much noise.  The UFC has already established and, at the time of this article, canceled a match slated for one Strikeforce fighter, Nick Diaz vs GSP in UFC 137.

Unfortunately for Diaz he has been replaced by Carlos Condit, due to not being able to keep commitments.  According to USA Today:

In Carlos Condit, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has someone grateful for opportunities rather than resentful about obligations.

Condit broke out in tears Wednesday when UFC offered him an Oct. 29 title fight with welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, following the removal of Nick Diaz as challenger. Hours later, Condit remained a bit surprised by the turn of events that moved him from a fight with former beltholder BJ Penn to a turn with St. Pierre.

This comes after Nick Diaz failed to make his second press commitment to promote the Georges St Pierre vs Nick Diaz fight.

With Alister Overeem out for the next big Strikeforce Grand Prix, and Dan Henderson already having been a UFC fighter, the UFC looks to be taking quite a bit more talent into its ranks.

 

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References

Non, Sergio (2011) Condit’s quiet professionalism displaces sullen Diaz, retrieved 9/8/2011 online at  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/mma/post/2011-09-07/condits-quiet-professionalism-displaces-sullen-diaz/546289/1

Gerbasi, Thomas (2011) Alistair Overeem – “The Reem” Means Business, retrieved 9/8/2011 online at  http://www.strikeforce.com/news/2011/06/alistair-overeem-%E2%80%93-the-reem-means-business/

Dundas, Chad (2011), UFC’s absorption of Strikeforce well underway retrieved 9/8/2011 online at http://espn.go.com/blog/MMA/post/_/id/4018/ufcs-absorption-of-strikeforce-well-underway

Sanchez to be replaced by Koshcheck vs Hughes at UFC 135

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That’s the word from ufc.com apparently Diego suffers from a broken hand and will have to pull out.  So far it seems like cries for Rorary McDonald, to step in vs Hughes at UFC 135 but Dana White and the UFC have gone with Josh Koscheck who seems eager for the opportunity.  Diego seems as though he truly wanted the fight. We hope to see you on the mend soon and look forward to your next fight Diego.

References

Gerbasi, Thomas (2011) Sanchez out, Kos in for UFC 135 bout with Hughes,    Retrieved 9/6/2011 from http://www.ufc.com/news/Sanchez-injured-out-of-    UFC-135-bout-with-Hughes

UFC on Fox?

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That’s right!  Looks like the big hitter of the MMA world has finally reached the network that promotes all major sporting events.  It seems as though MMA can not be ignored as the number one growing sport.

Jon Jones to Defend his Title Vs Rampage Jackson at UFC 135

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Getting excited for the upcoming UFC 135 on Sept 24th.  Who will prevail?

Is Anderson “The Spider” Silva the best pound for pound fighter?

The first subject of interest that the beatdown would like to discuss is about the arguably best pound for pound fighter Anderson “The Spider” Silva.  Is the man truly the greatest fighter ever?  With his recent win over Yushin “Thunder” Okami, by way of TKO in the second round of UFC 134, is Anderson truly the best to ever grace the octagon?

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The easy answer is that it is too early to tell.  That answer should seem pretty logical when faced with the question of whether Anderson is fighting his opponent with his lethal striking, winning three rounds then running around the octagon, or getting beaten on by a dominating Chael Sonnen for four rounds before catching him in a triangle.  Admittedly that Chael Sonnen statement may sting, considering Anderson did still stop the fight and Chael did have some suspicious urine tests that resulted in a six month suspension from the UFC.  Still, until a contender for the best pound for pound fighter like Georges “Rush” St-Pierre is placed before him it is still unkown.

St-Pierre (22-2-0), has been on quite the unstoppable streak himself winning his last nine fights and having seven successful title defenses makes Georges an obvious candidate for best pound for pound fighter.

So why do people still overwhelmingly believe it’s Anderson?  Finishing fights has to be the true statement that a fighter dominates the cage.  It’s what the fans want and it puts any doubt out of everyone’s mind.  Georges’ fights have gone to decision five times in his last six bouts, whereas Anderson Silva (29-4-0) has only been to decision eight times in his entire career.  That being said have there been any controversial decisions on any of Georges fights?  He has dominated his opponents in all his title defenses but his first.  Having put on an MMA clinic to all his #1 competitors.

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According to Yahoo! Sports and many other sources Dana White is announcing the bout to the public seeming to be making preparations.  As long as the bout does go through we will be one step closer to knowing who holds the crown for the best pound for pound.