UFC 143 Fight Card: Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit Breakdown
In the main event at UFC 143, Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit contend for the Interim welterweight championship en route to an eventual clash with the division’s elected 170-lb titlist Georges St. Pierre who is currently convalescing following a knee injury.
St. Pierre’s coveted crown is really what’s at stake here—the chance to upend the seemingly indomitable Canadian and wear UFC gold looms ever-large.
However, first they have to prove that they’ve earned that shot.
Though both combatants have almost similar skill sets at hand, the question is who will come out victorious on fight night?
Both Diaz and Condit are supremely adept in the striking department, having scored 13 stoppages apiece.
That said, either fighter has the requisite power to KO the other, but as Diaz proved in his clash with Paul Daley, he possesses a good chin and resilience in abundance—on the verge of certain defeat he overcame adversity to enact the same brand of punishment—upending the latter via TKO.
Against BJ Penn, Diaz's boxing skills were on display—clinically decimating the former two-division titlist for two of the three rounds to win a unanimous decision.
Taking nothing away from “The Natural Born Killer”—his KOs against Dan Hardy and most recently Dong Hyun Kim were exquisite, however, in Diaz he’ll be facing a different kind of animal in an altogether dissimilar league.
Though Condit has never been stopped before, against the Stockton native there is every chance he will be on the receiving end of his first T/KO.
Again, another skill set where both combatants excel at—Diaz holds a black belt in jiu-jitsu whilst Condit is a purple belt.
The Stockton native has eight submissions to his name and Condit 13.
If for some reason the fight ends up on the mat which I doubt it will, this will be the area to see who has and can apply their BJJ to the best of their abilities, however, the edge in this department goes to Diaz.
For one, he has the better BJJ credentials. and two, he’s never been submitted before whilst three out of five of Condit’s losses have come via submission.
1. Diaz Is Geared Towards Victory
Diaz and Condit (27-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) have various weapons at their disposal—the 27-year-old Greg Jackson fighter has his Muay Thai, Kickboxing, boxing and BJJ to fall back on.
Conversely Diaz (26-7-1NC MMA, 7-4 UFC) is well grounded in the aforementioned boxing and BJJ having trained with the likes of super middleweight champion Andre Ward and former boxing titlist Luisito Espinosa.
The 209 son has also enlisted the help of women’s Strikeforce prospect and accomplished Judoka Ronda Rousey to gain more experience in that area.
At present, both combatants are at the top of their game, with near enough equal skill sets, but with the Interim title at stake and the prospect of throwing down with the division’s title holder, this bout will have come too soon for the former WEC champion.
This is Diaz’s fight to lose, however, expect him to push his winning streak to 2-0 in the Zuffa-based promotion.
UFC 143 is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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