MMA fans are disappointed that George St. Pierre (GSP) was injured and couldn't defend his title at UFC 137. I'm sure Carlos Condit is also extremely disappointed he couldn't get his chance at GSP's title, but the show must go on and the main event at UFC 137 is now BJ Penn vs Nick Diaz. The UFC 137 fight card also features some very interesting fights.
Penn vs. Diaz is going to be very interesting since these veteran MMA fighters have similar styles. Check out my breakdown of this fight in this Youtube fight preview video:
There's a few other fights on the UFC 137 fight card that will be interesting for MMA fans. Cheick Kongo is coming off and exciting come from behind KO win versus hard hitting Pat Barry. Kongo will be facing a gritty fighter in Matt Mitrione that has done nothing but win in the UFC, he's undefeated. Kongo has had trouble with the grappling side of MMA but can throw KO chingasos with the best. Look for Mitrione to clinch and use dirty boxing to stay away from Kongo's power.
Keeping the UFC 137 fight card interesting will be Mirco Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson. Cro Cop is making his return to the cage after two straight KO losses. He'll be facing Roy Nelson who is coming off two straight decision losses. This is going to be a wounded animal type fight with both of them fighting for the future of their UFC career.
The prelims at UFC 137 will also feature a couple of very interesting fights. Brandon "The Truth" Vera has fought in a UFC main event, now he's on the prelims. Vera needs a big win bad! The truth is that he's fought top competition in the UFC, but doesn't have a win against a top level UFC fighter. Vera will be facing Eliot Marshall, who's record is a bit shaky in the UFC as well. Marshal is looking to make his stand and stay in the top show in MMA. Look for these fighters to fight with a sense of urgency so as to solidify their place in the UFC.
Kicking off the prelims at UFC 137 is Dustin Jacoby vs. Clifford Starks. This is a bit of a surprise move as both fighters are up and coming undefeated fighters. The UFC seems to be sending out a message that they don't feed fighters fights. Look for the winner of this fight to make a big jump into a main card at a UFC event soon.
Here is the complete fight card for UFC 137
Pay Per View Main Fight Card:
BJ Penn vs Nick Diaz
Cheick Kongo vs Matt Mitrione
Mirko Cro Cop vs Roy Nelson
Scott Jorgensen vs Jeff Curran
Hatsu Hioki vs George Roop
Prelim fights on Spike:
Dennis Siver vs Donald Cerrone
Tyson Griffin vs Bart Palaszewski
Prelim fights on Facebook:
Brandon Vera vs Eliot Marshall
Ramsey Nijem vs Dan Downes
Chris Camozzi vs Francis Carmont
Dustin Jacoby vs Clifford Starks