Even as BJ Penn-Nick Diaz was being promoted to the main event of UFC 137, Diaz’ trainer Cesar Gracie was already championing for a five-round main event. UFC President Dana White has insisted that the bout would remain a three rounder as that was what the original contract was for.
“There’s no contractual obligation for anyone to do five rounds at this point. They both signed bout agreements for three rounds, and there’s no way they could make it happen, but we’ve already agreed to it, and if B.J.’s camp agrees to it, I think it would be great for the fans,” Gracie told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
BJ, for his part, would be willing to take the fight “to the next level,” but stated:
“I want to be compensated accordingly and that’s it. I’m more than willing to do a five-round fight. If Dana wants a five-round fight, just give me a call and we can put it together right now.
We should know before the week is out what the UFC plans to do.
Tags: B.J. Penn, Cesar Gracie, Mixed Martial Arts, Nick Diaz, UFC 137
Source: MMA Weekly