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Spectacluar Diaz Batters Penn at UFC 137


Nick Diaz took out B.J. Penn and took aim at welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

The ruthless Diaz whipped into Penn with his trademark high-volume strikes en route to a clear-cut unanimous decision in the UFC 137 headliner on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. By the time it was done, Penn’s face was a bloody and swollen mess, having absorbed countless blows to the head and body from the former Strikeforce champion.

The judges scored it 29-28, 29-27 and 29-28, all for Diaz (26-7, 1 NC, 7-4 UFC), who has won a career-best 11 consecutive fights. St. Pierre -- who withdrew from his UFC 137 title defense against Carlos Condit with a knee injury -- quickly became his next target.

“I don’t think Georges is hurt,” Diaz said. “I think he’s scared to fight everybody right now.”

Penn (16-8-2, 12-7-2 UFC) was competitive for a round, as he willfully traded with Diaz, took down the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and briefly seized back control. Diaz defended well and returned to his feet. He found another gear in the second round and Penn could not keep up, as he uncorked a relentless stream of accurate punches to the head and body. The merciless attack wore down Penn. The Hawaiian could barely breathe, much less return fire. The beating continued in round three.

“Hat’s off to Nick Diaz,” Penn said. “He’s the man.”

Afterward, Penn leaned towards retirement.

“This is probably the last time you’re ever going to see me here,” he said. “I want to perform at the top level. You know what? I’ve got a daughter and another daughter on the way. I don’t want to go home looking like this. I’m done.”