Returning UFC welterweight contender Nick Diaz will get his UFC 137 main event after all, as UFC President Dana White announced via twitter Tuesday afternoon that 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre has been forced to withdraw from his October 29th title defense against Carlos Condit due to a knee injury.
Diaz, who was originally scheduled to face GSP in the UFC
137 main event before being pulled from the bout due to two press conference no
shows, will now see his three-round bout with BJ Penn elevated to the main event a week
"We will sit Carlos to wait for GSP," wrote White. "It's looking so far like he could be ready in a couple months."
Also getting a bump in the bout order will be talented
middleweight prospects Brad Tavares and Dustin Jacoby, who will now see
action on UFC 137's main card.
Dennis Siver trifft auf den Cowboy
Nach der Kampfabsage von Sam Stout am Montag, trifft Dennis Siver nun bei UFC 137 auf den aufstrebenden Leichtgewichtsstar Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Der Cowboy springt abermals kurzfristig ein und wird am 29. Oktober in Las Vegas den deutschen Aushängekämpfer aufs Neue testen.
Cerrone konnte zuletzt fünf Kämpfe in Folge gewinnen, davon drei bei der UFC, und sich dabei zwei Auszeichnungen für den KO des Abends und den Kampf des Abends sichern. Siver hält nun vier Siege in Folge und acht Siege in seinen letzten neun Kämpfen. Zuletzt konnte er sich gegen George Sotiropoulos und Matt Wiman durchsetzen.
Curran's Back, Meets "Young Guns" at UFC 137
After a seven year absence, veteran Jeff Curran will return to the Octagon on October 29th in Las Vegas to take on bantamweight contender Scott "Young Guns" Jorgensen at UFC 137. Curran, whose last UFC appearance was a decision loss to Matt Serra at UFC 46, has since gone 19-6 and is remembered for a five fight WEC stint in 2007-09. The "Big Frog" has won four of his last five, but will be tested by former WEC title challenger Jorgensen, who is fresh from a first round knockout of Ken Stone in June.
Fan Faves Danny Boy and Stripper Ramsey to Fight
A lightweight match between the tough-as-nails Daniel "Danny Boy" Downes and TUF 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem has been verbally agreed to for the UFC 137 fight card, UFC president Dana White confirmed today.
Crazy Tim to Face Tavares at 137 July 21
Verbal agreements are in for a middleweight bout between "Crazy" Tim Credeur vs. Brad Tavares at UFC 137, Dana White confirmed.
Credeur — Louisiana’s first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt — hit the public eye as a member of the TUF 7 house; Hawaiian Tavares was a season 11 standout.
At that same event, two longtime veterans will look to establish themselves in the ever-deepening featherweight division as Bart Palaszewski and Tyson Griffin have verbally agreed to meet.
Siver vs. Stout, Fire vs. Truth at UFC 137 updated July 16
UFC president Dana White today confirmed a hotly-speculated-about lightweight bout to take place at UFC 137.
“A potential Fight of the Year candidate has been verbally agreed to between hard-hitting Dennis Siver and Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout," he said.
Also at UFC 137, a light heavyweight matchup has been verbally agreed to as Eliot "The Fire" Marshall will welcome Brandon "The Truth" Vera back to the Octagon.
Condit vs. Penn Added to UFC 137 updated July 15
The title fight between GSP and Nick Diaz won't be the only showcase for elite 170-pounders this fall in Las Vegas. A match between two of the best welterweights in the world has been set as "Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit will take on BJ "The Prodigy" Penn at UFC 137.
The two hinted at the matchup on Twitter this last week. Condit, who is coming off a first-round KO of the Night victory over the previously-undefeated Dong Hyun Kim, tweeted to Penn on Monday that "The people have spoken @bjpenndotcom, they want to see us scrap, let's give em what they asked for."
Penn - who had previously been exchanging barbs with Jon Fitch about a possible rematch of their UFC 127 main event draw, responded with: "@CarlosCondit Yup. Let's do it! October 29th."
Dana White confirmed today that both men have verbally accepted the bout.
Cro Cop/Big Country, Kongo/Mitrione This Oct. updated July 14
Roy "Big Country" Nelson and Mirko Cro Cop, fan favorites for both their in-cage performances and their out-of-ring personas, have agreed a Las Vegas battle this fall.
UFC president Dana White confirmed today that PRIDE legend Cro Cop and TUF winner Nelson have verbally agreed to a heavyweight matchup at UFC 137 on October 29.
Those aren't the only star heavyweights on the UFC 137 roster - White also confirmed today that Cheick Kongo and Matt Mitrione have agreed to a bout on the same card. "Both men are coming off big knockout wins at UFC Live in June," he said.
Roop to Welcome Hioki to Octagon at 137 updated June 1
Highly regarded featherweight phenom Hatsu Hioki lands in the Octagon on October 29th to begin his quest for the title. Welcoming him to UFC and looking to take out another top contender will be the always dangerous George Roop. Both fighters have verbally agreed to the UFC 137 bout.
GSP vs. Diaz Superfight set for October updated June 1
UFC President Dana White’s tweet Wednesday afternoon was short and sweet – “U wanted it! U GOT IT!!!”
What the fans wanted was a showdown between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and the STRIKEFORCE welterweight title holder, Nick Diaz. So on October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, the UFC 137 Superfight becomes a reality.
Unbeaten since 2007, St-Pierre has taken on and beaten all comers, barely losing a round in the process. Since regaining his title from Matt Serra in 2008, he has turned back the challenges of Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck, and Jake Shields. But this fall, he will face off against the man many believe has the style to dethrone him, Shields’ longtime training partner Diaz.
A proud native of Stockton, California, Diaz, like GSP, has not lost since 2007. Along the way, the UFC vet has defeated Frank Shamrock, Scott Smith, Mach Sakurai, KJ Noons, and Paul Daley, and with his world-class striking skills and jiu-jitsu game improving with each fight, he is on track to shock the world on October 29th.