Two MMA legends, BJ Penn and Mirco Cro Cop were on the card at UFC 137, both lost, and both announced their retirement. It was a bitter sweet UFC card for fans as the fights were good, but the sport of MMA also lost more legends.
BJ Penn had his moments while fighting Nick Diaz, but after the first round it was mostly Diaz. Diaz battered Penn for the last two rounds with his signature peppering style of boxing. Penn fired back at times and stood in their with the heart of a warrior, but his conditioning seemed to once again be a problem, and his fire for going after a win seems to have died.
When the dust settled and the three rounds versus Nick Diaz were in the books, Penn told Joe Rogan during the post fight interview "Joe, this is probably the last time you see me in here." The truth is that this is probably the best thing for BJ Penn. He's only 1-3-1 in his last five fights and the fire for fighting might have gone away a long time ago.
Cro Cop also had his moments in his fight with Roy "Big Country" Nelson. At one point, it almost seemed that Cro Cop would finish off Nelson with a barrage of punches, but Nelson covered up well and survived Cro Cop's best attempt to finish the fight. In the third round, Nelson capitalized on Cro Cop slipping after a kick attempt. He quickly jumped on Cro Cop and took back mount. From there, Nelson's grappling skills helped him maintain the position while dropping punches to Cro Cop's head that forced the stoppage.
Cro Cop had announced his retirement before the fight, but he wanted to go out with a win. Nelson was too good, came in prepared, and ruined Cro Cop's plans. For most fans it was sad to see another MMA legend go out with a loss, but once again, the truth is that it's was probably best he retired. Cro Cop was 2-3 in has last five fights coming into the match with Nelson.
Regardless of their losses, both BJ Penn and Cro Cop put on a good fight at UFC 137 and fans will always appreciate what they did for the sport of MMA. Thank for the memories!
Here are the full results for UFC 137
Nick Diaz defeated BJ Penn via unanimous decision.
Cheick Kongo defeated Matt Mitrione via unanimous decision.
Roy Nelson defeated Mirko Cro Cop via third-round TKO.
Scott Jorgensen defeated Jeff Curran via unanimous decision.
Hatsu Hioki defeated George Roop via split decision.
Donald Cerrone defeated Dennis Siver via rear naked choke submission.
Bart Palaszewski defeated Tyson Griffin via first-round KO.
Brandon Vera defeated Eliot Marshall via unanimous decision.
Ramsey Nijem defeated Danny Downes via unanimous decision.
Francis Carmont defeated Chris Camozzi via unanimous decision.
Clifford Starks defeated Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision.