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BJ Penn vs Nick Diaz Fight Video – UFC 137 – MAIN EVENT

UFC 137 takes place from Las Vegas Saturday night headlined by a welterweight bout between Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn. Both are action fighters with fan pleasing styles. Diaz is looking to secure a UFC welterweight title shot against Georges St. Pierre, a fight he had scheduled before he skipped a pair of press conferences promoting the event. Penn is a former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion, one of St. Pierre’s top career rivals.
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Cheick Kongo vs Matt Mitrione Fight Video – UFC 137

Cheick Kongo has become the UFC’s true heavyweight gatekeeper. He’ll never be good enough to challenge for the title but he’s just good enough to keep anyone in that category. Always on the fringe of being one of the 10 best heavyweights in the world, Kongo looks like the baddest man on the planet because he has a phenomenal look. If you wanted a fighter who looked the part of a world champion for a movie, Kongo is one of the few guys in the heavyweight division (Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem being the others) that has that raw physical appearance the image of a fighter needs.

If you wanted someone to actually be the best heavyweight in the world, Kongo’s not the guy. He’s always on the cusp of it, though, and loses consistently when it comes to elevating himself into that territory. He lost decisively to Cain Velasquez and stands as the only fighter to go the distance with the champion. Kongo was choked unconscious by Frank Mir and before that lost a close decision to Heath Herring (back when Herring was still a relevant fighter).
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Mirko Cropcop vs. Roy Nelson Fight Video – UFC 137

This is a battle between two Heavyweights with real knockout power. CroCop’s ability to knock his opponents out is the stuff of legend, though it’s been quite some time since we have seen his full destructive power. Nelson started as a grappler, but in his UFC run has become more of a one punch KO fighter who looks to connect a right hand to end the fight. Nelson has options here, but this may be decided by who can land that KO shot first.
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Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran Fight Video – UFC 137

The Bantamweight division is in a bit of a corner right now. Dominick Cruz is dangerously close to having cleaned out the division, and the UFC has not yet built any new challengers for him. This fight has earned a main card slot partly by default after the St. Pierre vs. Condit cancellation, but it is a real opportunity for both men and the division. A big, exciting fight will add some esteem to the 135 pounders, and possibly propel the winner into quick title contention.
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Tyson Griffin vs Bart Palaszewski Fight Video – UFC 137 Prelim

There is a glaring lack of contenders for Jose Aldo’s UFC featherweight championship right now, something that many lightweights are keenly aware of. It’s not surprising that former lightweight stalwarts are dropping to 145 to try and cash in, and two of them are facing off in the first fight on Spike TV. Tyson Griffin (15-5, 8-5 UFC) meets Bart Palaszewski (34-14, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout at UFC 137.
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