BJ Penn Issues a Message For Fans

Following his loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137, UFC champion BJ Penn left fans shocked by announcing his retirement last Saturday night. After the smoke settled BJ released this statement:

“I want to thank all the fans for their love and support. I have decided to take some time off to enjoy life, train and teach. I will keep you posted with what’s next.”

BJ is still one of the best fighters in the lightweight division, lets hope he bounces back from this loss.

UFC 137 Penn vs. Diaz Payouts

Well Nick Diaz finally gets paid. The sparky young man from Stockton pulled in a reported: $200,000 (fight) + $75,000 (Fight of the Night) + plus sponsorship money. Here are the UFC 137 payout via the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Now if he keeps up his grueling fight schedule of “every three months” he sure should bank a large chunk of change.

Payouts:
Nick Diaz: $200,000
B.J. Penn: $150,000
Cheick Kongo: $140,000 ($70k + $70k)
Matt Mitrione: $10,000
Roy Nelson: $40,000 ($20k + $20k)
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic: $75,000
Scott Jorgensen: $33,000 ($16.5k + $16.5k)
Jeff Curran: $8,000
Hatsu Hioki: $30,000 ($15k + $15k)
George Roop: $8,000
Donald Cerrone: $54,000 ($27k + $27k)
Dennis Siver: $27,000
Bart Palaszewski: $28,500 ($10k + $10k + Griffin’s $8,500 weight fine)
Tyson Griffin: $25,500 ($34k — Griffin’s $8,500 weight fine)
Brandon Vera: $120,000 ($60k + $60k)
Eliot Marshall: $15,000
Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 ($10k + $10k)
Danny Downes: $5,000
Francis Carmont: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
Chris Camozzi: $8,000
Clifford Starks: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
Dustin Jacoby: $6,000

Bonuses:
Knockout of the Night — Bart Palaszewski $75,000
Submission of the Night — Donald Cerrone $75,000
Fight of the Night — Nick Diaz vs. BJ Penn $75,000

Total Payout:
$1,327,000, including all bonuses, was paid out to the fighters.

TG: MMA Junkie

UFC 137: BJ Penn Retires After Loss To Nick Diaz

Former UFC champion BJ Penn calls it quits after his loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137. BJ tells Joe Rogan,

“I’ve got a daughter. I’ve got another on the way. I don’t want to go home looking like this again. I’m done.”

Lets hope BJ was reconsiders after his head clears and keep us fans entertained with his exciting fights. He is still one of the top fighters in the division.

Fight highlights below from ESPN

Full fight Penn vs Diaz fight video here.