UFC NEWS – Nick Diaz Overlooked Once Again: Opened as Underdog against Condit for UFC 143

December 23, 2011 12:50 pm by Dan Harvey

Nick Diaz voiced in past post-fight press conferences that people don’t give him enough respect. All too fittingly, Vegas odds makers and online sports books donned Diaz as the underdog for his upcoming fight. Condit came in as a -125 favorite to Diaz’s -105 underdog bet.

Although bookies have altered the score since the original bet line to -115 for both fighters, it cannot be helped but noticed how Diaz is still doubted.

Despite an 11 fight win streak and vacating his Strikeforce welterweight title to join the UFC, critics may view that Diaz hasn’t fought top level competition yet. Whether or not this is true, it is hard for anyone in MMA to uphold a double digit win streak. Although Nick Diaz won’t be facing GSP for the championship title fight, he will certainly be highly motivated to win the interim welterweight belt, and wait for Georges to recover.

While Nick Diaz impressed fans at his homecoming victory at UFC 137, Carlos Condit is also making waves from his last fights. With a four fight win streak (three of which were won by KO) over fighters Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, and Dong Hyun Kim, Condit is a formidable foe in the welterweight division.

One deciding factor leading up to UFC 143 is that Condit hasn’t fought since July, while Diaz fought this past October. Whether or not ring rust will play a factor will be seen when both men collide on February 4th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for the interim welterweight title.

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