UFC 143 is set to take place tonight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Nick Diaz will face Carlos Condit for the UFC’s interim welterweight title live on pay-per-view.
GSP vs. Condit was originally scheduled for the event until a brash Diaz got into the head of GSP with a variety of insults which eventually prompted the champion to request to face the Stockton fighter, Nick Diaz, as soon as possible in the place of Condit.
Condit was than scheduled to face off with Josh Koscheck and Diaz with GSP in February’s main and co-main UFC 143 featured bouts. However, in this circle of top welterweights nothing ever seems to go as planned.
With the announcement that welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was injured and out for 10 months Condit was then put in position to face off with Diaz in the main event of UFC 143 for the UFC’s interim welterweight title.
For this first time since Shane Carwin beat Frank Mir at UFC 111 in 2010, the organization is set to put in place an interim title in the champions extended absence. The bout will serve as the first interim title bout in nearly two years.
Use this thread to cast your comments, debate the fights and follow along with the action as it goes down tonight. The Preliminary card kicks off at 7pm ET and the action will follow on all the way until about 1am ET.
MAIN CARD: (Pay-Per-View)
Carlos Condit def. Nick Diaz via unanimous decision (48, 47 – 49, 46 – 49, 46) (To Win The UFC interim welterweight title)
Fabricio Werdum def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30,27-30,27-30,27)
Josh Koscheck def. Mike Pierce via split decision (29,28-29,28-29,28)
Renan Barao def. Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision (30,27-30,27-30,27)
Ed Herman def. Clifford Starks via submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 2, 1:43
PRELIMINARY CARD: (FX)
Dustin Poirier def.Max Holloway submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:23
Edwin Figueroa def. Alex Caceres via split decision (28,27-28,27-28,27)
Matt Brown def. Chris Cope via knockout – Round 2, 1:19
Matt Riddle def. Henry Martinez via split decision (29,28-29,28-29,28)
PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook)
Rafael Natal def. Michael Kuiper via unanimous decision (30,27-30,27-29,28)
Stephen Thompson def. Dan Stittgen via knockout (head kick) -Round 1, 4:13