By Zach Arnold | October 29, 2011
Location: 10/29 Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Middleweights: Francis Carmont defeated Chris Camozzi after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Middleweights: Clifford Starks defeated Dustin Jacoby after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Lightweights: Ramsey Nijem defeated Danny Downes after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Light Heavyweights: Brandon Vera defeated Eliot Marshall after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Featherweights: Bart Palaszewski defeated Tyson Griffin in R1 in 2′45 by KO.
- Lightweights: Donald Cerrone defeated Dennis Siver in R1 in 2′22 by choke sleeper hold.
- Featherweights: Hatsu Hioki defeated George Roop after 3R by split decision.
- Bantamweights: Scott Jorgensen defeated Jeff Curran after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Heavyweights: Roy Nelson defeated Mirko Cro Cop in R3 in 1′30 by TKO.
- Heavyweights: Cheick Kongo defeated Matt Mitrione after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Welterweights: Nick Diaz defeated BJ Penn after 3R by unanimous decision.
UFC 137 takeaways
BJ Penn didn’t take his conditioning seriously enough against Nick Diaz and paid the price. He finishes his career out with a great battle but once again got tired. I didn’t expect him to get tired the way he did… but it happened. By the third round, Diaz was able to take the advantage and it was over at that point. If the fight had been five rounds, I didn’t think Penn stood much of a chance. Three rounds? I thought it would be short enough for the conditioning issues not to pop up. I was wrong.
Mirko Cro Cop’s retirement hurts the UFC Japan show. Yes, UFC got a sold show deal with Dentsu, the second-largest Japanese ad agency. So, their risk in running the vanity show in Japan is limited. With that said, Dentsu reportedly wanted to run a PRIDE nostalgia show and that ain’t going to happen if you can’t have Nogueira or Cro Cop on the card. Mirko said that if he had beaten Roy Nelson that ‘back home’ his supporters would have said he beat up a fat guy. Well, he lost to that fat guy on Saturday night. I still felt that Roy as a 75% favorite was too high, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t think he was going to lose at any point.
Tyson Griffin’s career is in crisis. Griffin started out as a -280 favorite against Bart Palaszewski and it swelled up to -320 because Griffin became a parlay play. If you had paired him with Donald Cerrone (-240) and BJ Penn (when he was -115), the parlay was paying out +260 odds. I was very nervous about Tyson in this fight because of what I saw in his showing against Takanori Gomi last year. That Gomi fight, for one reason or another, altered Tyson’s career path. He does not fight smart and he’s getting into these stand-up firefights that take the one strength of his opponents and magnify them. Of all the +300 guys on the card, Bart was the one I had the most confidence in. Very excited to see his hands fly like they did.
Donald Cerrone is ripping through the UFC competition. I love it. Not only does he win, he does it with style and takes no prisoners. He’s gotten better each time he fights. He finished Dennis Siver so fast, Spike TV had time to show Brandon Vera’s three round fight. Speaking of…
What the hell happened to Brandon Vera? He looks so damn average out there as a fighter now. It’s unbelievable. Eliot Marshall tagged him and had him in big trouble. I remember Vera when he was touted as the next big thing and now… he looks like just another fighter. What went wrong?
Hatsu Hioki barely broke the Japanese curse. I said the -320 line on him as favorite over George Roop was ridiculous and rightfully so. Roop may be inconsistent but the guy’s got some talent and Hioki’s going to find out that the level of competition in Japan in 2011 is so much lower in strength than what the UFC battlefield has in store for him. He escaped with a win here but I wouldn’t be very comforted if I was him.
When Cheick Kongo fights smart, he’s pretty damn good. That’s the key to every Kongo fight. Are you going to get the stupid crazy Kongo that you saw in the Pat Barry fight or are you going to get the superior Kongo like we saw against Matt Mitrione? I thought the odds were very low on the ‘books for Kongo. He was an underdog! This is the same guy who gave Cain Velasquez some trouble. At least Matt didn’t get knocked out but it was not a good fight on paper for him and we saw why tonight.