Card Subject To Change. That is the small print you see on every fight card. For UFC 137, it’s never been truer. First, this card was built around a block buster of a main event. Champion versus champion. Strikeforce Welterweight Champion, Nick Diaz, gives up his title to move to the UFC and take on long time Welterweight Champion, Georges St-Pierre. Then Diaz no shows UFC mandatory press conferences and refuses to do any promotion for UFC 137. This gives Dana White and the UFC no choice but to strip Diaz of his title fight.
The co-main event had former two-division champion BJ Penn taking on former WEC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Condit. On a tear, Condit has knock out wins over Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim. BJ Penn was to be his test to see if he could reach the elite of the 170 lbs division. By removing Diaz from the main event, UFC officials awarded the title shot to Condit. UFC also decided that they will keep Nick Diaz on the fight roster and have him take Condit’s spot against Penn.
With the main event and co-main event flip-flopping opponents, you would think that’s where the changes end. Wrong. Champion Georges St-Pierre suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of UFC 137 on October 29th. Now the UFC will have Carlos Condit wait for GSP to heal and have moved Diaz versus Penn to the main event. Yes, the man that they had to remove from the main event is now, once again, the one half of the main event. Moved from prelims to the main pay per view card is TUF alum Brad Tavares versus undefeated Dustin Jacoby in his UFC debut.
Also, this card features the return of Filipino fighter, Brandon Vera in an undercard match up against TUF Alum Elliot Marshall. Technically, Vera lost his last fight against Thiago Silva and was dropped by the UFC. Fortunately for the Filipino, Silva tested positive for steroids and there match was over turned to a no contest. This lead to the UFC hiring Vera back and giving one last shot. This is it. DO or DIE. Brandon Vera loses and he is gone from the UFC.
Here are my picks for UFC 137
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Nick Diaz over BJ Penn via split decision, Matt Mitrione over Cheick Kongo via TKO round 2,
Roy Nelson over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via KO round 1, Hatsu Hioki over George Roop via unanimous decision and Brad Tavares over Dustin Jacoby via TKO round 2.
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Donald Cerrone over Dennis Siver via submission round 2 and Tyson Griffin over. Bart Palaszewski unanimous decision.
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Scott Jorgensen over Jeff Curran unanimous decision, Brandon Vera over Eliot Marshall TKO round 1, Ramsey Nijem over Danny Downes via unanimous decision and Chris Camozzi over Francis Carmont unanimous decision.
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