Yesterday all the stars of this Saturday’s UFC 137: Diaz vs. Penn were on hand at the Ultimate Fighter Gym to work out for media and give everyone a first look at the fighters we will see this weekend.
This Saturday marks the return of one of the most enigmatic fighters in MMA history, and former UFC contender, Nick Diaz. Diaz, who has made a name for himself since leaving the UFC back in 2006, is finally back in the place that he first called home at just 20 years of age. And for most hardcore fans, this weekend’s match up with BJ Penn has been years in the making.
There is a long history with the Gracies and BJ Penn, and rather than give you a long-winded historical diatribe, I’ll let you use that little website called Google. Both fighters have been extrememly cordial and non-confrontational leading up to their match, but make no bones about it, this fight is a ‘fighters’ fight.
Also on Saturday’s card are former Pride superstar, Mirko “Cro Cop” Fillipovic, and the heavily bearded Ultimate Fighter winner, Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Heavyweight Cheick Kongo is also fighting Saturday, as he squares off against former NFLer Matt Mitrione.
And of course the rodeo is in town for the PBR World Championship, so you know “The Cowboy” Donald Cerrone had to make a trip to Las Vegas — and hey, why not take a cage fight while you’re at it?
Sit back, relax and enjoy this exclusive UFC 137 photo gallery for knotmove.com taken by myself, National MMA Examiner Ryan McKinnell.