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UFC NEWS | UFC Puts Together Stacked Fan Friendly UFC 143 Schedule This Week


The UFC has done it again.

In the lead up to this weekend’s “UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit” show the UFC has put together a host of fan friendly events that anyone can attend who is in the Las Vegas area.

UFC 143 is set to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on February 4th. 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.

Here is the schedule for this week’s UFC 143 fan events:

* All events are free and open to the public *

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

noon-3p (doors at 11a)
UFC 143 OPEN WORKOUTS
with headliners Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit, welterweights Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce, and heavyweights Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum
Mandalay Bay Events Center
3970 South Las Vegas Boulevard

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2

1-3p
UFC 143 PRESS CONFERENCE
with Dana White, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Roy Nelson, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce
Mizuya Lounge
Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd.South

7-9p
Arianny Celeste autograph signing
Las Vegas Fight Shop
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3

11a-2p
Nate Diaz autograph signing
The Gun Store
2900 E. Tropicana Ave.

1-3p
OFFICIAL UFC AUTOGRAPH SIGNING
Urijah Faber (UFC bantamweight and The Ultimate Fighter Live coach), Miesha Tate (Strikeforce bantamweight champion) and Ronda Rousey (Strikeforce bantamweight contender)
Mandalay Bay Events Center (concourse leading to entrance)
3970 South Las Vegas Boulevard

4p (doors at 3)
OFFICAL UFC 143 WEIGH-IN
Mandalay Bay Arena
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South

6:30-8:30 p
Brittney Palmer & Mike Pierce autograph signing
Las Vegas Fight Shop
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4

noon-2p
Georges St-Pierre autograph signing
Las Vegas Fight Shop
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd

Listings in all-caps are official UFC events.

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