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Friday, 09/02/2011, 08:54 am

Main Card Official For "UFC 137:St-Pierre vs. Diaz"

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is riding a five-year, nine-fight winning streak that has seen the 30-year-old Canadian defeat the likes of Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Josh Koscheck (twice) and Jake Shields. Along the way, the Montreal native has captivated fans worldwide with his explosive takedowns and dominant performances inside the Octagon.

On Saturday, Oct. 29 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, GSP meets a man whose nearly four-year, 10-fight unbeaten streak has many believing that he could be the world’s best 170-pound fighter. In the main event of UFC 137, St-Pierre meets STRIKEFORCE welterweight champion Nick Diaz, the aggressive, no-nonsense southpaw on a mission to lay claim to UFC gold.

“This is the fight the world wants to see,” UFC President Dana White said. “GSP has absolutely dominated everyone in his path over the last five years and he’s on his way to becoming the greatest welterweight of all-time. Diaz has been on a tear himself and a lot of people think he’s the guy to end GSP’s reign. On Oct. 29, we’re going to see a welterweight title superfight.”

UFC®137: ST-PIERRE vs. DIAZ will also feature former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn taking on surging 170-pound contender Carlos Condit, as well as a heavyweight collision pitting French knockout artist Cheick Kongo against the undefeated Matt Mitrione. Plus, former PRIDE superstar Mirko Cro Cop meets The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson in a pivotal heavyweight bout, while Japanese featherweight star Hatsu Hioki makes his UFC debut against the gritty George Roop.

The UFC is planning a press conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 7 featuring White, St-Pierre and Diaz. Details will be announced next week.

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has a resume that speaks for itself. With 22 wins and only two defeats, the 30-year-old holds two wins over Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, two victories over future Hall of Famer BJ Penn, as well as notable victories over the likes of Jon Fitch, Jake Shields and Dan Hardy. Yet, when he enters the Octagon in October, he’s envisioning the toughest bout of his near decade-long career.

“Nick Diaz is obviously a tough and very experienced fighter,” St-Pierre said. “Like me, he knows what it takes to be champion and I respect that. He’s a very dangerous striker – no doubt about it – but at the same time his grappling skills are also among the best. Just look at his coaches and the guys he trains with, you simply can’t expect anything less than him being very dangerous in both his striking and grappling. Fans have been asking for this fight and I think it’s great. Let’s do it!”

During his reign as STRIKEFORCE welterweight champion Nick Diaz (fighting out of Stockton, Calif.) defeated archrival KJ Noons and finished both Evangelista Santos and Paul Daley en route to becoming the organization’s best 170-pound fighter. Returning to the UFC for the first time since 2006, Diaz – whose brother Nate is also a UFC competitor – has zoned in on doing what only two others have ever done – defeat Georges St-Pierre.

“He must be pretty good because he keeps winning and people think he’s the best welterweight out there,” Diaz, who owns a record of 26-7-1, said. “His physical strength lets him take the fight where he wants it to go. He comes to the fight in shape and tries to dictate the pace. But this fight means I can represent my team and showcase my skills. It means I can prove I’m the best.”

One of only two men to ever hold UFC titles in two different weight divisions, the legendary BJ Penn (fighting out of Hilo, Hawaii) returns in October to take on surging contender Carlos Condit (fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) in welterweight action. The 32-year-old Penn (16-7-2) knocked out Hughes at UFC 123 and then battled to a controversial draw with Fitch in February. He’ll look to earn another title shot by besting Condit (27-5), a 27-year-old former WEC champion with four straight wins, three of which came by way of knockout.

Fresh off his dramatic, come-from-behind knockout victory over Pat Barry in June, Cheick Kongo (fighting out of Paris, France) looks to extend his three-fight unbeaten streak when he goes to battle with unbeaten rising star Matt Mitrione (fighting out of Indianapolis, Ind.). The 36-year-old Kongo (26-6-2), a training partner of former light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson, owns stoppage victories over the likes of Barry, Paul Buentello, Antoni Hardonk and Mostapha Al-Turk. On Oct. 29, he’ll meet Mitrione (5-0), a former NFL player with five straight UFC victories, four by knockout.

PRIDE legend Mirko Cro Crop (fighting out of Zagreb, Croatia) finds himself at a pivotal point in his career and looks to spark a run up the heavyweight ladder when he meets Roy Nelson (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) at UFC 137. The 36-year-old Cro Cop (27-9-2, 1NC), universally known for his devastating kicks, owns wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Mark Coleman and Josh Barnett in his storied career. Meanwhile, Nelson (16-6), 35, was the season 10 winner of The Ultimate Fighter and also boasts key victories over Stefan Struve and Brendan Schaub.

Japanese featherweight sensation Hatsu Hioki (fighting out of Nagoya, Aichi, Japan) makes his long-awaited UFC debut this fall when he locks horns with seasoned veteran George Roop (fighting out of Tucson, Ariz.). Winner of four straight and holding notable victories over the likes of Mark Hominick and Jeff Curran, the 28-year-old Hioki (24-4-2) enters the Octagon with hopes of one day earning a shot at champion Jose Aldo. First, he must defeat the 29-year-old Roop (12-8-1), who battered Josh Grispi en route to a TKO victory in June.


14 Responses to “Main Card Official For "UFC 137:St-Pierre vs. Diaz"”

  1. Dana Black says:

    GSP by decision. Toss up Condit or Penn by decision, I don’t see any of these 2 getting KO’d or submitted. Mitrione by (T)ko, Nelson by (T)ko,

  2. steven horgan says:


    • Dana Black says:

      I’d rather see Penn vs Diaz, because GSP would just go for takedowns like he did on the last fight.

    • BiggoTrav says:

      I doubt GSP/Penn will ever happen again. GSP has him 2-0. As much as I would love to see BJ redeem himself, I just don’t think it’s gonna happen while GSP is at the top of the heap. Hopefully Diaz pulls it off… then maybe they will through BJ at him, THAT would be the fight to watch!!!!!!!!!

  3. chad says:

    i love how every time GSP fights, they try to build him up as the greatest ever and try to get people pumped to see him…then he eeks out another boring decision again and all his nut-hugging fans go in rapid-post mode to try to defend him and make excuses for yet another boring performance. for once, i’d like to see the media portray him for what he is and just let the fight happen, without all the BS hype. it’s getting old.

    • henry Kobasky says:

      “Eeks out” another decision? What are you talking about? He CRUSHED BJ in their last fight. He completely DOMINATED Koscheck and Fitch, and totally EMBARRASSED Thiago Alves. The fact that you do not enjoy the way he WINS, doesn’t mean his performances are boring. It shows your lack of appreciation for strategy and intelligent fighting. You remind me of a 5 year old kid that would prefer to watch cartoons over an Oscar-winning performance. Due to your limitations, you’re simply incapable of appreciating greatness.

  4. T Scott says:

    GSP will win…BJ Penn will win….he’s always had speed and flexibility, now he has strength and conditioning as well…BJ’s always had Boxing and Jiu-Jitsu, now he establishing some pretty functional wrestling through his training with Matt Hughes as shown in his last fight…if he keeps it up he will have a whole new skill set to throw at GSP…one thing I noticed about BJ is that he hardly ever throws kicks in a fight against a wrestler for fear of getting taken down, he is also has some trouble prior to the fitch fight in properly transitioning into a takedown or sprawl from strikes against wrestlers…I think that he is training his wrestling that may change…if not, he should try to train in sanshou/sanda, they have a wide variety of kicks AND takedowns specifically for MMA

  5. Rusk says:

    if nelson doesnt knock cro cop out he gettin cut

  6. Justa Thought says:

    Pretty stacked card. Diaz will pressure and I think/hope it’s enough to make Georges fight. Penn Vs Condit gives me shivers already, really want to see that one. I like Matt Mitrione, he gets better all the time but now he gets a seasoned vet that swings back. Curious to see that one play out. (I can see the bruises already) Nelson vs Cro Cop, I like Roy but he needs to get in shape, lose that gut and he’s a middleweight. Wouldn’t mind seeing one last head kick from Mirko and watch him gracefully retire. Last but not least, I’m a fan of GSP, but if this is a boring decision win for him, no mo PPV for me when Georges is on the card.

  7. moment says:

    gsp by stoppage and condit by tko or unanimous decision

  8. Martin Pichette says:

    Nick Diaz by KO or submission.

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