With GSP off the UFC 137 card due to an injury, Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn are now going at it for 3 rounds. Diaz hoping for a more motivating fight – with 5 rounds against Benn,instead of the scheduled 3 rounds. It is odd that Diaz is now back in the mix, considering he was grounded by UFC Papa White for missing scheduled media appearances. A serious punishment- since it was a shot against GSP for title.
I personally like the idea of Diaz going 5 rounds with Penn. Diaz’s camp wants to show that he is worthy of a title shot and Cesar Gracie, Diaz ‘ coach believes that anyone that is primped for a title should be able to go 5 rounds with GSP. This new arrangement is better for MMA overall. Sorry for GSP’s injury – I really do love him. But Carlos Condit isn’t a real draw and no one cares much about Conduit verse Diaz. I am not sure I cared that much about Condit against GSP.
Diaz vs Penn are the main event at 3 rounds for the October 29th event in Las, Vegas, Nevada. So Diaz is rightfully worthy of a title shot. Now with this new door open, will he beat Penn ? Yes. Diaz has reach (4 inches more), skill, stamina and a consistent training ethic. Penn is an unproven welterweight. Diaz has an impressive career over the last few years. He is a consistent performer and his style of fighting makes this match up so much more interesting than a Condit fight. Although Penn has fantastic boxing skills, I do not think he will be able to remain on his feet against Diaz if he wants to win. I believe Diaz a bit superior when it comes to using the punch/kick timing to offset the rhythm of Penn’s boxing. Diaz’s application and style (with reach) of how he punches and kicks for fighting inside the cage is simply better than Penn.