UFC 137 results and recap: Diaz calls out GSP, Penn and Cro Cop announce retirement

Nick Diaz took B.J. Penn to a brutal decision at UFC 137, winning what Penn said during his post-fight interview was The Prodigy’s last dance in the Octagon. “This was probably the last time you’ll see me in here. I can’t keep performing at the top level,” Penn said. “I’ve got a daughter and another daughter on the way. I …

Video: Gracie breakdown of Penn vs. Fitch

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVPTg0_QkcY?rel=0&w=640&h=510] Timeline: 0:33 – Kyle Noke’s top control and RNC (rear naked choke) 2:05 – Zhang Tiequan’s arm trap and guillotine 5:52 – Jon Fitch’s RNC defense after getting back taken 8:40 – B.J. Penn’s re-mount attempt 9:05 – Fitch’s turn back to guard 9:45 – What Penn could have done to properly re-mount

Jon Fitch and the decline of the closed guard in MMA

Earlier this year Jon Fitch declared that “the closed guard is dead,” following Nate Marquardt’s unexpected loss to wrestler Chael Sonnen. No less than ground-wizard Shinya Aoki backed up the claim. This is the basic closed guard (with gi) in BJJ: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoJ5noSl3Rs&fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0] More recently, USA Today interviewed Fitch following the announcement of his upcoming match with B.J. Penn, and Fitch got …