It's no secret what Nick Diaz's game plan is when he steps inside the cage but the fact that he was able to land 257 strikes against B.J. Penn, one of the better boxers in MMA, is astounding. On top of that, he landed 178 significant strikes, which, according to Fight Metric, is the most of any UFC fight ever.
Talk about taking volume to a whole new level.
Diaz simply overwhelmed Penn in the main event of UFC 137 last night (Sat., Oct. 29, 2011) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. "The Prodigy" faded in the later rounds and as soon as Diaz noticed the Hawaiian slowing down, he put his foot on the gas.
The result is impossible to argue against.
The grappling report (which is admittedly light) and performance ratings (which is definitely not) are after the jump.
As you can see, there wasn't a lot of grappling to go around. Penn was credited with just one takedown on four attempts, which he earned in the first round. That's the round he had the most success in, as he also took Diaz's back and briefly threatened from there.
In the end, though, that only seemed to hurt Penn's cause. Fatigue quickly set in upon and that's when Diaz took over.
That's an unbelievable effectiveness score and and this is easily the biggest victory of Diaz's entire career. Up next is Georges St. Pierre and while he's not likely to break any records for strikes in that fight, fans most definitely have to take note of just how dangerous he can be, no matter the opponent.