As you can see, Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn, who had spent 15 minutes kicking the ever loving crap out of one another just minutes prior, renew their friendship backstage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Both men sport black eyes, Penn's being completely swollen shut, but the respect for each other shines through.
In many ways, this can be considered a veritable passing of the torch. "The Prodigy" retired after the beating he received, while Diaz will move on to fight in what should prove to be one of the biggest fights of 2012. for the welterweight title over the Super Bowl weekend
Will Penn's retirement stick? Maybe, maybe not. But this is the natural order of things, in sport just as much as life. Diaz got past his first major test in his return to the UFC. Can he make it past the next?