UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz featured a rare Bantamweight PPV fight, as Scott Jorgensen faced veteran Jeff Curran. Jorgensen took the victory via unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27. This is Jorgensen's second win since losing a WEC title fight to Dominick Cruz and his second win in the UFC. Curran drops his first fight back in the company after a near eight year absence.
Considering Jorgensen's top 5 standing in the division, and Curran's lack of recent wins against any ranked opposition, this is a result that never seemed truly in doubt. Curran was game, but Jorgensen was just too good for the veteran. Sadly, this was another fight that didn't capture the crowd's attention, as these two did not have the kind of fast paced barn-burner that the Bantamweights often deliver.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Jorgensen showed off his ability to adapt wrestling into MMA with a nice slam towards the end of round 2 that got the crowd out of their seats.
Where do these guys go from here?
Because he is just a few fights removed from losing to Dominick Cruz, I think Jorgensen remains outside the immediate title picture for the moment. But he should get one of the division's bigger names in the meantime. Best options would be either the loser of Brian Bowles vs. Urijah Faber, or he could face former champion Miguel Torres.
Jeff Curran is never going to challenge for the UFC Bantamweight title. But he still has use for the company for now. A seasoned veteran like Curran makes a great challenge to any of the countless younger fighters looking to move into the upper levels of the division. Let these fighters test themselves against someone who has seen it all, like Curran. Hopefully that's the way they go, although Curran could certainly be cut sooner than later.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Never. Like Roop vs. Hioki, this was not bad, but never get moving.
More BE coverage of UFC 137 in the full entry.
UFC 137 Results: Donald Cerrone's Destruction of Dennis Siver Vaults Him Into Relevancy - Leland Roling
UFC 137 Results: Mirko Cro Cop Retires, but What Is His Legacy? - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz Punches His Way to Momentous Opportunity - Leland Roling
UFC 137 Results: Post-Fight Press Conference Video - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Fights To Make After The Card, Where Do We Go From Here? - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Biggest Winners, Losers, and Other Thoughts - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Dana White Announces Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Results: Mirko Cro Cop Announces Retirement After Loss - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz Starches BJ Penn To A Decision In A FOTY Candidate - Matthew Roth
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 93: UFC 137 Results Review - Matt Bishop
UFC 137 Results: B.J. Penn Retires After Loss to Nick Diaz - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Pay-Per-View Fights - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Results: Cheick Kongo Decisions Matt Mitrione In A Lackluster Fight - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Roy Nelson Stops Mirko Cro Cop In The Third Round - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Scott Jorgensen Wins Unanimous Decision Over Jeff Curran - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Hatsu Hioki Wins Split Decision Over George Roop - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Donald Cerrone Forces Dennis Siver To Submit - Matthew Roth
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Results: Bart Palaszewski Knocks Out Tyson Griffin In UFC Debut - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Brandon Vera Wins Close Decision Over Eliot Marshall - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Ramsey Nijem Dominates Danny Downes - Matthew Roth
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Facebook Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Francis Carmont Dominates Chris Camozzi In UFC Debut - Matthew Roth