Main Event | UFC Interim Welterweight Championship | 170 lbs
Carlos Condit defeats Nick Diaz via 5 Round Decision
|27-5-0||Pro Record At Fight||26-7-0||Climbed to 28-5||Record After Fight||Fell to 26-8|
|+175 (Slight Underdog)||Betting Odds||-205 (Moderate Favorite)|
|United States||Nationality||United States|
|Albuquerque, New Mexico||Fighting out of||Stockton, California|
|27 years, 9 months, 2 days||Age at Fight||28 years, 6 months, 2 days|
|169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs)|
|6'2" (188cm)||Height||6'0" (183cm)|
|76.0" (193cm)||Reach||76.0" (193cm)|
|Jackson Wink MMA||Gym||Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
- Date: Saturday 02.04.2012 at 10:00 PM ET
- Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
- Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Diaz Total Disclosed Pay: $200,000
- Condit Total Disclosed Pay: $110,000
- Title on Line: UFC Interim Welterweight Championship
- Belt Status Before Fight: Vacant
Diaz vs. Condit Wiki Update Wiki
The main event of UFC 143 featured Nick Diaz taking on Carlos Condit for the vacant, interim welterweight championship. At different points both fighters had been scheduled to face champion Georges St. Pierre, but when "GSP" went down with a torn ACL, the fighters were scheduled to take each other on for the interim title. Both fighters were former 170 pound champions in other organizations: Diaz in Strikeforce and Condit in the WEC.
Condit landed a pair of low kicks to start the fight. Diaz attempted to close the distance but Condit effectively circled out. Diaz connected on a good punch and backed Condit down again, landing a combination. Condit threw a switch kick to the head but was constantly having to circle and back away as Diaz controlled the flow of the fight despite eating more damage. Condit just missed on a fast spinning back fist and Diaz began to talk trash in the cage. Condit then threw a spinning back elbow, not quite connecting but demonstrating good diversity in his attacks. Diaz landed a solid body shot but couldn't keep Condit contained. Diaz showboated, perhaps to some extent out of frustration, at the end of a close round.
Condit missed a flying knee early in the second round and then another spinning back elbow, but none of his flashy techniques landed cleanly. Diaz taunted Condit, slapping him open-handed and then landing a two-punch combo. Another good combination from Diaz, who was turning up the output of strikes. Condit darted in with single strikes and occasional two-punch sets, but mostly looked to get in and out as quickly as possible.
Round three started quickly with both fighters landing good shots. Diaz landed several times as he backed Condit against the cage, but each time Condit was able to counter at least once and spin out to open area. Condit preferred to keep the fight at a distance where he landed good low kicks and front kicks. Diaz turned up the heat late in the round and had Condit exposed a few times, and Condit also appeared to loosen up in what was a highly competitive fight.
Midway through the fourth round, Diaz dropped down for a takedown in a telling sign. Condit defended and went back to his strategy of using good footwork, evading being cornered, and landing a higher volume of strikes. Condit threw a beautiful combination capped off with a high kick and increasingly appeared to be pulling away from Diaz, who seemed unable to adjust his gameplan to deal with Condit's approach.
Diaz threw and landed a series of low kicks and high kicks to try and deal with the distance the fight was being contested at. Condit kept within his gameplan and punished Diaz with a variety of strikes during the round. With just over a minute remaining Diaz secured a takedown and immediately had Condit's back. Time ticked away with Diaz desperately working for a submission. Condit escaped one rear naked choke attempt with just twenty seconds remaining and not enough time. The fighters had one mad, final scramble with extended beyond the final horn, and then embraced and congratulated each other.
The judges scored the fight 48-47, 49-46, and 49-46, all in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Carlos Condit. Speaking to Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, Condit commented, "I've got to tell you, it's pretty surreal man... In a lot of my other fights I kind of come on strong in the later rounds if it gets to the later rounds... hats of to Nick Diaz he's a warrior... I hope you guys were entertained... My endurance has always been a strong point where I feel I an overwhelm my opponents and outpace them."
Rogan also spoke with Diaz, who commented, "I'm not going to accept the fact that this was a loss, I've lost fights before where... I pushed him back the whole fight, I got the takedown... Carlos is a great guy... I think I'm done with this MMA... I don't need this shit, I pushed this guy down the whole fight, he ran the whole fight... if that's how they want to fight I don't think I can do this anymore."
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