Nick Diaz delivers a Record Setting performance against BJ PennPosted on October 31, 2011, 06:50 PM by Trent Reinsmith
Nick Diaz and BJ Penn went toe to toe for most of their 15-minute fight on Saturday night. The two hit the ground for a brief period during the first round, but other than that, the UFC 137 main event was all stand up.
When the horn sounded at the end of the second round both fighters’ faces were marked up, which is not a rarity for Diaz, but for Penn, it’s not something fans are accustomed to seeing. Diaz had so dominated the second round that at the post-fight press conference UFC President Dana White remarked that he was surprised that Penn came out for the third round.
Penn did come out and just like in the second round he absorbed a great number of strikes from the former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion. When the round ended, it was a foregone conclusion that Diaz would get the nod from the judges, which he did on all three cards.
When the numbers for the fight were released by FightMetric it was not a surprise to see that Diaz had outstruck Penn, but as a whole the numbers were shocking, with Diaz landing 257 total strikes to Penn’s 107. 178 of Diaz’s strikes were deemed to be significant, breaking the UFC record set by Nam Phan at UFC 136. For Penn, the 88 significant strikes he landed put him in second place all time in that category, behind only UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
Further Reading: UFC 137 Results Recap: Nick Diaz shines in Las Vegas, Nevada