UFC 137

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UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz
A poster or logo for UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date October 29, 2011
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 10,313[1]
Total gate $3,900,650[1]
Buyrate 280,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz

UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz was a mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on October 29, 2011 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3]


The event was originally expected to take place on October 15, 2011 at the Echo Arena Liverpool in Liverpool, England.[4] However, due to multiple scheduling issues with broadcast rights, the organization cancelled those plans.[5] UFC 137 featured two preliminary fights live on Spike TV.[6]

Dennis Siver was expected to face Sam Stout at this event, but Stout pulled out of the bout on August 29 and was replaced by Donald Cerrone.[7]

Nick Diaz, who was originally scheduled to headline the card opposite Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship, was pulled from the fight on September 7, due to failing to make media appearances. Carlos Condit was promoted from his fight with B.J. Penn to replace Diaz and face St-Pierre.[8]

On September 8, B.J. Penn announced via Twitter that Dana White offered him a fight he "cannot refuse" and will still be fighting at UFC 137. Later that day, both Penn and White announced that the fight would be against Nick Diaz.[9]

On October 1, it was revealed that Tim Credeur was forced out of his bout with Brad Tavares for unknown reasons. Promotional newcomer Dustin Jacoby stepped in to face Tavares.[10] On October 21, Tavares pulled out of the bout due to an injury and was replaced by undefeated newcomer Clifford Starks.[11]

Georges St-Pierre was expected to defend his title against Carlos Condit on this card, but had to withdraw due to knee injury. Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn was promoted to the main event.[12]

During the official UFC 137 weigh ins, Tyson Griffin failed to make the featherweight limit. Griffin came in 3 pounds over, was fined 25 percent of his earnings and the bout took place at a catchweight of 148 lb.[13]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Nick Diaz def. B.J. Penn Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 29–28, 29–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Cheick Kongo def. Matt Mitrione Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Roy Nelson def. Mirko Filipović TKO (punches) 3 1:30
Bantamweight Scott Jorgensen def. Jeff Curran Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Hatsu Hioki def. George Roop Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (Spike TV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Donald Cerrone def. Dennis Siver Submission (rear naked choke) 1 2:22 [a]
Catchweight (148 lb) Bart Palaszewski def. Tyson Griffin KO (punches) 1 2:45
Preliminary card (Facebook)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Brandon Vera def. Eliot Marshall Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00 [b]
Lightweight Ramsey Nijem def. Danny Downes Decision (unanimous) (30–25, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Francis Carmont def. Chris Camozzi Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Clifford Starks def. Dustin Jacoby Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
  1. ^ This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Penn vs. Diaz fight.
  2. ^ This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Siver vs. Cerrone fight.

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $75,000 bonuses.[14]

  • Fight of the Night: B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz
  • Knockout of the Night: Bart Palaszewski
  • Submission of the Night: Donald Cerrone

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[15]

  • Nick Diaz: $200,000 (no win bonus) def. BJ Penn: $150,000
  • Cheick Kongo: $140,000 ($70,000 win bonus) def. Matt Mitrione: $10,000
  • Roy Nelson: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Mirko Filipović: $75,000
  • Scott Jorgensen: $33,000 ($16,500 win bonus) def. Jeff Curran: $8,000
  • Hatsu Hioki: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. George Roop: $8,000
  • Donald Cerrone: $54,000 ($27,000 win bonus) def. Dennis Siver: $27,000
  • Bart Palaszewski: $28,500 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Tyson Griffin: $25,500 ^
  • Brandon Vera: $120,000 ($60,000 win bonus) def. Eliot Marshall: $15,000
  • Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Danny Downes: $5,000
  • Francis Carmont: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Chris Camozzi: $8,000
  • Clifford Starks: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Jacoby: $6,000

^Although not recognized on the official pay sheet, Griffin was fined $8,500, or 25% of his base pay for missing weight for the fight, and contracts were reworked with those amounts. That money was issued to Palaszewski, an NSAC official confirmed.

Entrance music[edit]

Fighter Artist Title Album
BJ Penn Israel Kamakawiwoʻole "Hawaii ‘78 and E Ala E" Facing Future
Nick Diaz Deftones "Feiticeira" White Pony
Cheick Kongo Bad Meets Evil "Living Proof" Hell: The Sequel
Matt Mitrione Lynyrd Skynyrd "Simple Man" (Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
Mirko Filipović Duran Duran "The Wild Boys" Arena
Roy Nelson Bruce Springsteen "Born in the U.S.A." Born in the USA
Scott Jorgensen Kid Cudi "Alive (Nightmare)" Man on the Moon: The End of Day
Jeff Curran Whitesnake "Here I Go Again" "Saints & Sinners"
Hatsu Hioki Missing Heart "Moonlight Shadow"
George Roop Busta Rhymes "This Means War" E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front
Dennis Siver Papa Roach "Last Resort" Infest
Donald Cerrone Kid Rock "Cowboy" Devil Without a Cause


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "UFC 137 officially draws 10,313 attendance and $3.9 million gate". MMAjunkie.com. November 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://bjpenn.com/news/2011/11/03/report-early-estimates-show-ppv-buy-rate-for-ufc-137-at-280000-7380.html
  3. ^ "UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz". UFC.com. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  4. ^ Helwani, Ariel (April 27, 2011). "UFC Returning to England in October". mmafighting.com. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Holland, Jesse (June 8, 2011). "Marshall Zelaznik: UFC has a 'less than 20-percent chance' of bringing an event to the UK in 2011". mmamania.com. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Stupp, Dann (August 22, 2011). "UFC 137 gets "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ Okamoto, Brett (August 29, 2011). "Donald Cerrone replaces Sam Stout". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Nick Diaz out, Carlos Condit in against Champ Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137". MMAJunkie.com. September 7, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Shocker: Nick Diaz rebooked to meet B.J. Penn in UFC 137 co-main event". MMAJunkie.com. September 8, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tim Credeur out, Dustin Jacoby in against Brad Tavares at UFC 137". MMAJunkie.com. October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Tavares out of 137; Starks to face Jacoby". UFC.com. October 21, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ "UFC champ St-Pierre out of UFC 137 with injury, Diaz vs. Penn is named new headliner". MMAJunkie.com. October 18, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "UFC 137 weigh-in results: Penn and Diaz make weight before brief scuffle". MMAJunkie.com. October 28, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "UFC 137 bonuses: Diaz, Penn, Palaszewski and Cerrone earn $75,000 awards". MMAjunkie.com. October 30, 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ "UFC 137 salaries: Diaz ($200K), Penn ($150K) and Kongo ($140K) top fighter payroll". mmajunkie.com. October 31, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  16. ^ http://fighterxfashion.com/ufc-137-entrance-music/
  17. ^ http://www.mmaentrances.com/ufc137.html

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