UFC 137: Nick Diaz vs. BJ Penn
Nick Diaz was the bad boy of MMA. Diaz had made a name for himself outside of the UFC and was seen as one of, if not, the best welterweight on the planet. Diaz had put together an impressive title run in the Strikeforce promotion, and upon his UFC return, the MMA cult hero was taking nothing less than a high profile fight.
Much like fans love Diaz for his all action style, most would say the same about BJ Penn back in 2012. Penn was a much different version of the guy we see today. He was truly one of the best ever in his prime, which made an upcoming bout with Diaz one that fans could not miss. Despite the fight not being for a title, this had the feel of a true championship caliber fight, and Diaz brought that attitude in with him. Diaz and Penn had previously trained with one another and showed each other nothing but respect leading up to the bout. Diaz never seemed to have any sort of issue with Penn, but when they got to the weigh-in stage he was a man who was ready to fight a day early.
The Diaz brothers have always let their issues be known, but upon returning to the UFC, the only real issue that needed to be taken care of was getting one win to get an opportunity at George St. Pierre. Diaz came into this fight motivated, and knowing how tough his opponent was, there didn’t need to be any sort of beef for the two to show displeasure in each other. Diaz took the weigh-in stage as a man who was ready to scrap right then and there. As the two faced off, Diaz shoved his forehead right up to Penn’s to let him know, that come tomorrow all prior training and respect is thrown out. BJ Penn told Jo Rogan best, “all that stuff is out the window, tomorrow it’s time to fight,” and boy was Diaz ever ready.