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B.J. Penn Talks Stepping Away from MMA, Analyzes GSP-Diaz

In an interview from ProElite's "Big Guns" event in which he attended in support of brother Reagan, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn discusses his unanimous decision loss to Nick Diaz on October 27 as well as his retirement announcement after the fight and the anticipated clash between Diaz and Georges St. Pierre next February.

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GSP Hurt, Condit Sidelined, Penn-Diaz Now Main Eventing and I Want to Cry

Georges St. Pierre. Photo courtesy of Under Armour.

If you haven't heard already, Georges St. Pierre has suffered a knee injury in training and has been forced to bow out of his seventh title defense against Carlos Condit next weekend. B.J. Penn and Nick Diaz will assume headline status.

Major bummer.

This sucks actually. In my opinion, UFC 137 could have easily turned out to be one of the most entertaining cards of the year, if not the best. Thanks to a stacked undercard, there are still enough intriguing matchups that the event remains a can't-miss, but the growing feeling that Condit may do better than expected would have made things a lot of fun to watch.'

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Quote of the Day: Cesar Gracie Believes GSP Will Fight Diaz Like He Did Penn

Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“I think he’s going to approach this fight somewhat like the BJ Penn fight. I think he’ll try to fight Nick the same way where he’ll tie up with him, try to keep him up against the cage, do a little dirty boxing and try to get him arm weary, maybe get some takedowns and see how that goes. He’ll probably be cautious from the top position but try to inflict damage depending on how it’s going.”

Cesar Gracie, Nick Diaz's trainer and manager, tells Full Contact Fighter that he thinks Georges St. Pierre is planning on fighting Diaz in a similar fashion to how he defeated B.J. Penn in their UFC 94 meeting in January 2009. Touch of gloves to MMA Mania for the find.

Quote of the Day: Diaz Abandons Boxing Idea; Rumored Bout With GSP Gaining Steam?

Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

"Nick is a good kid and a very exciting fighter. Right now he has an opportunity of a lifetime as it pertains to his MMA career. While I don't doubt that Nick and his team were serious about taking the big step into boxing, it only makes sense for him to finish what he started and see how far he can go in MMA before he does anything in boxing. It's all about timing... we began these discussions over two years ago and nobody would have imagined the type of demand that there currently is for Nick as a mixed martial artist."

- Longtime boxing promoter Don Chargin comments via a press release today on Nick Diaz's decision to focus on his mixed martial arts career and not pursue a proposed bout against Jeff Lacy this fall.

According to Chargin, Diaz has the "opportunity of a lifetime" upcoming in MMA. Could a long-awaited shot at Georges St. Pierre be more than just a rumor at this point?

The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Suspensions and Payouts, Mousasi Training for Olympic Boxing & More


Robbie Lawler. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions and fighter payouts on Monday. Nick Diaz had the highest salary, banking $150,000 for his win over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, who received $20,000. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($85,000), Robbie Lawler ($65,000) and Roger Gracie ($75,000) all took home big paydays as well. In addition, Lawler could be out up to six months due to a fractured left foot. [MMA Weekly]

— DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has reportedly started the application process to be able to attempt to box at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London, England. Mousasi would represent the country of Holland if he was to qualify. [MMAFA.tv]

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Strikeforce Notebook: Diaz Unimpressed With Daley, Jacare Disinterested in Mayhem


Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

With only a few options left concerning Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz's future opponents, the Stockton, California native will now likely face Paul Daley later this year, provided Daley gets past Yuya Shirai at a BAMMA show on February 26.

Despite Daley's success around the world, including an impressive 2-1 stint in the UFC, Diaz wasn't "impressed" with his potential foe's skills.

"I'm not really impressed with Paul Daley as a mixed martial artist," Diaz said during last night's post-fight press conference for "Diaz vs. Cyborg". "He's got great stand-up, but I wouldn't judge him from the Scott Smith fight.

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Diaz, Jacare Retain Strikeforce Belts


Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Nick Diaz and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza held on to their respective Strikeforce titles on Saturday night, albeit against tougher than expected competition.

Diaz survived a tough opening stanza to eventually submit Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos with an armbar while grappling wizard Souza overcame Robbie Lawler's smooth escapes before forcing a tap from a rear-naked choke in round three of their middleweight matchup.

The duo headlined "Diaz vs. Cyborg" at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, which served as Strikeforce's first big event of the new year.

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Strikeforce “Diaz vs Cyborg” Live Results

MMA on Tap will provide live results of tonight's Strikeforce "Diaz vs. Cyborg" event, which takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA starting at 7:30 PM ET.

A pair of title bouts headline the card. Nick Diaz defends his Strikeforce welterweight title against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza puts his belt on the line against Robbie Lawler.

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Rock the Vote: Strikeforce Title Bouts

Nick Diaz and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza will put their respective Strikeforce belts on the line just hours from now, but will face tough opposition in doing so. Who will walk away as champions?

Strikeforce “Diaz vs Cyborg” Preview: Main Card


Scott Coker and Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Strikeforce will air its first large event of the new year at the organization's home base of San Jose, CA, pitting reigning welterweight champion Nick Diaz against dangerous striker Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos.

"Diaz vs. Santos" will also feature Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza defending his middleweight title against Robbie Lawler as well as the returns of Herschel Walker and Roger Gracie.

Here is a look at the event's main card, which airs live on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET. A handful of preliminary bouts will stream on Sherdog.com beginning at 8:15 PM ET.

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