Nick Diaz Reinstated on UFC 137 Card, Fighting BJ Penn
By FCF Staff
Nick Diaz will fight on October 29th, at UFC 137 after all, however, his opponent will be a former welterweight champ rather than the reigning title holder.
One day after Diaz was removed from his scheduled title fight with champion Georges St. Pierre, due to missing two press conferences this week, the UFC has announced today that Diaz will now face BJ Penn at the event.
Speaking via his official Twitter account, UFC President Dana White stated:
This is crazy but here we go again! You wanted it so you got it. Penn vs Diaz Oct 27th in Vegas
After announcing that Carlos Condit would replace Diaz in the upcoming title fight, White said he needed time to assess whether any further action would be taken against Diaz. One day later, it appears as though the promotion has decided that removing Diaz from the title shot will be the extent of his punishment.
Diaz later released a video blog which offered no explanation as to why he missed the press events, but insisted that he still wanted to fight.
Condit was originally scheduled to face Penn at the UFC 137 event, which will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The October 29th bout will mark Diaz’s Octagon return, as the Cesar Gracie fighter has not fought for the UFC since 2006. Since exiting from the UFC, Diaz (25-7) has gone 11-1 with 1 No Contest, a run which includes winning the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.