Tonight’s UFC “143: Diaz vs. Condit” pay-per-view event has come and gone and a new welterweight champion has been crowned for the first time in nearly six years.
The five-fight main card took place live to from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada.
in the main event Carlos Condit earned his decision victory over Nick Diaz via unanimous decision. After the bout when interviewed by Joe Rogan Nick Diaz announced his retirement and disgust for the judges decision.
Here is your recap:
The first bout of the pay-per-view card between Ed Herman and Clifford Starks opened up with a war of a first round. Trading big shot after big shot, Starks appeared to edge the frame with the more powerful punches. Herman must have taken notice because he secured a solid takedown from the clinch right into side control early in the second round. He then took the mount, transitioned to the back and choked out Starks to secure the win early in the frame.
Bantamweights took to the cage next in a top contender matchup between Scott Jorgensen and Renan Barao. In the first round Barao dictated the pace and placement of the bout with effective kicks throughout the frame. Jorgensen attempted four-takedowns but completed none. In the second it was much of the same until around the three-minute mark where Scott pulled guard. He was able to keep him there, but failed to mount any type of real offense so he got back up and the two continued on their feet. More posturing and trading in the standup but it’s clear that Barao is the more polished striker. Jorgensen presses the action in the third, but no matter how much he moves forward Barao has his number and Scott’s face is starting to accumulate damage. There rest of the round was much of the same as both fighters appeared content to keep it on the feet. In the end it was Barao who walks away with the unanimous decision victory via 30, 27 on all three judges’ scorecards.
After an entertaining opening two bouts on tonight’s pay-per-view, welterweights Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce took to the cage for the third bout of the evening. Pierce went after it early with a solid clinch game that kept Koscheck pressed against the cage for nearly two minutes. The crowd booed and they went back to the center of the cage. Kos shot for a takedown but it was stuffed and the two continued to posture for position. The two then traded hard right hands and both got slightly dazed temporarily. As the round came to an end both fighters slowed their pace and the more technical styling seemed to go in Koschecks favor. Three minutes into the second and Pierce has thrown over 100 strikes. The victor is hard to identify at this point as the two kept going back and forth and the fights seemed even. Then Josh scored the takedown with about a minute left and maintained top position for about 30 seconds. The one item of note in the second frame was that an apparent head-butt cut Pierce and he was bleeding from the side of his head. In the third Pierce was able to complete a takedown of his own, but Josh popped right back up. At this point there is still four-minutes left in the fight and Koscheck had his opponent pressed against the cage. At the two minute mark Kos shot for a takedown but Pierce defended. Against the cage the two stalled out and Herb Dean halted the action and restarted them in the center of the Octagon. Koscheck then poked Pierce in the eye and they took a break. With a minute left Koscheck unloads with his hands and eventually grabs a double leg takedown that he finishes. Pierce got up and the round ended. Koscheck took the win via split decision (29,28-29,28-29,28).
In the co-main event of the evening Fabricio Werdum and “Big Country” took to the center of the Octagon. Fabricio opened up the fight aggressively with strikes, dropped Nelson with a leg kick and followed him down where he transitioned to back mount. Nelson, being no slouch on the ground used his Renzo Gracie black belt to quickly work his way back to his feet. A few knees later, delivered by Werdum and Nelson was leaking blood out of his forehead like a stuck pig. Referee Josh Rosenthal stops the action to have the doctors look at the blood but the two are allowed to continue with a minute left in the round. Nelson landed a big punch and dropped Werdum. After a brief stint in Werdum’s guard Nelson lets his larger opponent back up and the round ends shortly after. At this point Nelson is really bloody. The second round opens and Nelson is met with a big knee to the body that drops him. Fabricio lets him stand back up and he just picks him apart with more technical striking for the duration of the round. In the third Fabricio goes for the clinch and he gets caught in a standing guillotine that looked tight, but Nelson had to let go and Fabricio made him pay with more strikes for the remainder of the fight. Fabricio takes the fight easily over Nelson on all judges’ cards 30, 27.
In the main event of the evening Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz squared off for the interim welterweight title. The bout opened up with mean mugging and head clashing as to be expected in the initial stare off. The first round was pretty much a stalemate on the feet. Both fighters had their moments but neither really leaped ahead. Condit landed leg kicks frequently but Diaz kept moving forward. First round is hard to call, at least in my eyes. Second round was much of the same, no one really scored significantly, Diaz talked a lot of trash and moved Condit back but no real damage delivered by any fighter. Another tough round to call. In the third the stand-up battle continued, both men tried their best to implement their game. At the midpoint of the bout both fighters are keeping pace, it was a very technical battle that Condit seems to be edging with his attacking variety but at this point it’s still hard to determine a clear winner. The fourth frame opens and the two welterweights continue where they left off, Condit throwed leg kicks and Diaz pushing the pace. Nick shot for a takedown at the rounds midpoint but Condit stuffed it. It’s more of Diaz moving forward but it appeared as if Condit greatly outpointed him. Carlos started to edge the fight at the end of the fourth. The final round and one would think Condit is ahead on the scorecards. Diaz pushes a little harder in the fifth, but Condit turned it up too and is beating Diaz to the punch. With a minute and twenty left Nick takes his back and drags Carlos to the ground. With Nick in back mount he secured a figure four body lock and locked in a rear naked choke that Condit evaded. Condit switched positions and ended the fight on top. It’s a tough fight to call, but on my cards Condit took the bout, the judges agree and give it to Condit via unanimous decision 48, 47 – 49,46 – 49, 46.
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