"He's my favorite fighter. I know where he came from, he came from my school. As far as I'm concerned he came from where I came from, that's why he's good. MMA fans, in general, are looking forward to this fight. I think that we have some of the same style, therefore we have some of the same fans and I respect his style of fighting."
Sacrebleu! He speaks! Former Strikeforce welterweight champion and notoriously camera-shy Nick Diaz gives high praise to his UFC 137 opponent, former division titleholder B.J. Penn. "The Prodigy" was also trained by the Gracie family, earning his purple belt under Ralph Gracie in the late nineties. To Diaz (trained under Cesar Gracie), that means they came from the same "school" and have some of the same style. So what happens when they collide on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas? Too early to tell, but don't let that stop you from taking your best guess in the comments section below.