Cro Cop and BJ Penn Retire

October 31, 2011 09:31 by MMA Admin

Although UFC 137 was a lack lustre event, with a number of fights going to the decision, and GSP unable to complete due to injury, it will be remembered as the event at which two legendary fighters hung up their gloves.

UFC 137 marked the retirement of legendary striker Cro Cop, and MMA protege BJ Penn. Although Cro Cop's never technically announced retirement after his 3rd round loss to Roy "Big Country" Nelson, he thanked his fans and the UFC for the support over the years and expressed his disappointment in not being able to go out on a win. Given it was the last fight on the Croatian Striker's contract, it seemed only appropriate that this was his swan song. 

BJ Penn on the other hand appeared to surprise Joe Rogan with the announcement of his retirement, stating that he didn't want to go home "looking like this" to his children. Penn was convincingly beaten by the rangier fighter Nick Diaz, yet even though looking gassed half way through the second still managed to come out in the 3rd and trade.

The world of mixed martial arts is greatful for the contributions of these two fighters. Cro Cop will surely go down with one of the best highlight reals of spectacular knockouts, and BJ penn with his freakish rubberguard and dynamic fighting style.

UFC 84 & 85 Announced

February 27, 2008 15:29 by MMA Admin

The UFC has announced its next two events to be held following the April 19 debut in Canada.

UFC 84 is scheduled to take place on May 24th in Las Vegas, and UFC 85 is set to take place in London on June 7th.

The main event of UFC 84 will be BJ Penn versus Sean Sherk, who was stripped of his title after testing positive for steriods following his fight with Hermes Franca. Also expected to fight on the card will be Tito Ortiz and undefeated Lyoto Machida. Ortiz is expected to particpate in the final fight of his current UFC contract, and the belief is that he will be moving on from the UFC after this fight.

Rumoured matchups for UFC 84 include:

  • B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Tito Ortiz
  • Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva
  • Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
  • Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva
  • Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic
  • Rousimar Palhares vs. Ivan Salaverry
  • Dong-hyun Kim vs. Jason Tan
  • Terry Etim vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Shane Carwin vs. Christian Wellisch
Rumoured matchups for UFC 85:

  • Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Chuck Liddell
  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera
  • Marcus Davis vs. TBA
  • Brock Lesnar vs. TBA