UFC 137: Recap, Quick Results and Pick’em Contest Results

Written By: AJ Hoffman


Diaz Wins With Boxing, Gas Tanks, Possibly Retires Penn

Nick Diaz overcame a hot start by BJ Penn to get a win and, according to Dana White, line himself up for a shot at the welterweight title. BJ out-struck Diaz in the first round before scoring a takedown and working his way to Diaz’s back. About a minute into the second round, it was obvious that Penn was losing steam. Diaz took advantage, peppering Penn with combinations, essentially picking the former champion apart. Penn attempted a couple of takedowns in the latter rounds, but was never able to put Diaz on the ground again. Diaz called out the champion after the fight, claiming that Georges St. Pierre is not really hurt, he is just scared to fight. After the fight Dana White announced that Carlos Condit would step aside temporarily, and fight the winner of the Diaz-St. Pierre fight. The other bit of post fight news was Penn telling Joe Rogan in his interview that he was done with fighting, stating that he can no longer compete at the highest level. If so, BJ leaves the sport as one of the all time legends, holding titles at both lightweight and welterweight. “The Prodigy” holds wins career wins over Matt Hughes (twice), Renzo Gracie, Takanori Gomi and Sean Sherk.

Nick Diaz def. B.J Penn by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28) *Fight of the Night

Kongo Beats Mitrione In “Disappointing” Fight

Cheick Kongo may have moved into the upper echelon of the heavyweight division on Saturday night, but he didn’t win many fans in doing so. That said, Matt Mitrione didn’t pick up any new fans in the fight either. Almost 3:00 went by in the first round before the first strike was ever thrown. Kongo imposed his will in the later rounds, putting Mitrione on his back and battering him. Mitrione never got a lot of offense going, landing big strikes here and there, but never stringing any together. Dana White said afterword that he was “disappointed in the way the fight went down” and it was “not at all what he expected” when the match was put together.

Cheick Kongo def. Matt Mitrione by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)

Nelson Retires Cro Cop, Asks For Title Shot

Roy Nelson defeated Mirko Cro Cop in a back and forth striking affair. Nelson was able to put Cro Cop down in the first round, but the former Pride Open Weight Grand Prix champion landed some good strikes on Nelson throughout the first two rounds. In the third, Nelson proved too much, rocking Cro Cop on his feet and taking him down before pounding him out with punches. Nelson asked for a title shot in his post fight interview, noting that he was getting “too old for this shit.” Cro Cop apparently shared Nelson’s sentiments, announcing that he was hanging up the gloves after an illustrious career. Amongst the names on his list of 27 wins are Josh Barnett (x 3), Wanderlei Silva, Mark Coleman and Igor Vovchanchyn.

Roy Nelson def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic by TKO (RD 3)

Jorgensen Outpoints Curran In Technical Matchup

Scott Jorgensen and Jeff Curran both brought their A-game to the match, and at this point Jorgensen has just a little more in the tank. The wrestler scored some good takedowns and was able to avoid some slick submission attempts from Curran. The match featured world class grappling from both guys, along with crisp striking from Jorgensen.

Scott Jorgensen def. Jeff Curran by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Hioki Wins Close Decision, Hopes To Revive Japanese MMA

Hatsu Hioki had a successful debut in the UFC, outpointing George Roop in a hard fought decision. Roop showed good takedown and submission defense throughout the fight, and dominated the striking portion of the match. In the end, Hioki did enough to win the decision. In his postfight interview, Hioki stated that Japanese MMA is not dead, and he hopes to be instrumental in reviving it.

Hatsu Hioki def. George Roop by unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)


  • Donald Cerrone def. Dennis Siver by submission (RNC) (RD 1) *Submission of the Night
  • Bart Palaszewski def. Tyson Griffin by KO (RD 1) *Knockout of the Night
  • Brandon Vera def. Eliot Marshall by unanimous decision
  • Ramsey Nijem def. Danny Downes by unanimous decision
  • Francis Carmont def. Chris Camozzi by unanimous decision
  • Clifford Starks def. Dustin Jacoby by unanimous decision

Houston MMA Picks Results

Here is a look at how our Houston MMA friends did picking the fights.  The chart below shows the final standing but only the individual picks for the main card. The last row reflects the TOTAL fan vote versus our panel.


Expert Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How
x x x x x x x 48
 x x x x x x 45
x x x x 43
x x x x x x x 40
x x x x 35
x x x x x 33
x x 25
x x x x x 25
x x x x x 35

*INCLUDES QUICK PICKS   |    Scoring: Who (+5) Round (+2) How (+3)
Maximum Possible Score: 80

Congratulations to Mike Calimbas for pulling out the vicotry this week. Mike picked 3 of the 5 main card winners and went perfect with the correct round and type of victory on 2 of those. He also picked 5 of the 6 prelim fights correct and ended up with a pick record of 8-3.

Fan Results

Congratulations to Peter Mariscal for winning it all this time around. Peter piled up a contest high 58 points leaving everybody else looking up at him. Peter will be invited to join us on our expert panel for UFC 138. Oh yeah, he also wins one of our exclusive HOU MMA shirts!

Congratulations Peter, expect an email from us so we can get your info and send you your HOU MMA shirt!

Thank you to all that played!

And now, here is the TOP 25 finishers in our UFC 134 Fan Picks contest.

Place Player Total*
1 Peter Mariscal 58
2 Justin Lusk 57
3 Brian Melancon 53
4 GDO 52

A. Croon 52
6 A. Craig 50

Tyler Flores 50
8  GOld Team Houston  49
9  Juan 47
10  Truth Jackson 45

 Justin Castillo 45
12  Stephen Smith 43
13  JR 42

 Corey 42

 Tommy “Tommy Gun” Galdenzi 42

 Kevin 42

Jose Llanas 42
18  Max Akers 40

 Ryan Rivera 40

 Buzzsaw 40
21  Brett 38

Jason Poirier 38
23  Mike Bly 37
24 SPK 35

Frank S. 35

*INCLUDES QUICK PICKS   |    Scoring: Who (+5) Round (+2) How (+3)
Maximum Possible Score: 80