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UFC 143 Results: Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit Fight Card

Sean SmithAnalyst IFebruary 3, 2012

UFC 143 Results: Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit Fight Card

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    From the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, UFC 143 is now underway. Bleacher Report will provide live results below and fight recaps on the following pages of this slideshow.

     

    Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit

    Condit defeated Diaz by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46).

     

    Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum

    Werdum defeated Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

     

    Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce

    Koscheck defeated Pierce by decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

     

    Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen

    Barao defeated Jorgensen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

     

    Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks

    Herman defeated Starks by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:43 of the second round.

     

    Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway

    Poirier defeated Holloway by submission (mounted triangle-armbar) at 3:23 of the first round.

     

    Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa

    Figueroa defeated Caceres by split decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27).

     

    Matt Brown vs. Chris Cope

    Brown defeated Cope by knockout (punches) at 1:19 of the second round.

     

    Matt Riddle vs. Henry Martinez

    Riddle defeated Martinez by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

     

    Rafael Natal vs. Michael Kuiper

    Natal defeated Kuiper by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

     

    Dan Stittgen vs. Stephen Thompson

    Thompson defeated Stittgen by knockout (head kick) at 4:13 of the first round.

Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit

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    Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46).

    In a very close fight, Condit earned the interim welterweight title and the chance to compete against former teammate and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

    In the first round, Diaz controlled the center of the Octagon, while Condit looked to attack the legs of Diaz with kicks. In terms of total strikes, Condit landed four more times than Diaz on four fewer attempts. However, Diaz's forward motion may have swayed the judges in his favor.

    The second frame feature more of the same from both fighters, with Diaz walking Condit down. However, as he grew frustrated with Condit's ability to circle away from the fence, Diaz began to open up with his trash talking in a round that he landed five more total strikes than Condit.

    Condit opened up a bit more in the third round, though, and wasn't forced to backpedal as much as he did in the first two rounds. Though it wasn't a dominant round by any means, Condit outlanded Diaz 36-24 in the third stanza, probably taking the round on the scorecards.

    In the fourth round, Diaz looked for the first takedown attempt of the fight, but Condit stuffed it rather easily. Condit was also able to continue circling away from Diaz's attempts to corner him against the cage. The Greg Jackson-trained fighter also turned in the most one-sided round of the fight, landing 29 more strikes than Diaz

    Condit's striking continued to look strong in the final round, but a late takedown by Diaz allowed the Cesar Gracie student to secure a body triangle and look for a rear-naked choke. The late move by Diaz allowed him to steal the round, but it wasn't enough doe him to win the fight on the scorecards, as "The Natural Born Killer" earned his 13th win in his past 14 fights.

    After the loss, Diaz said he would be retiring from the sport. Obviously upset with the decision, the older Diaz brother will probably reconsider his decision after sitting down and thinking about it, as he remains one of the top contenders in the 170-pound division.

     

    Stats provided by Compustrike.com.

Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum

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    Fabricio Werdum defeated Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

    In a battle of two veteran heavyweights in their mid-30s, Werdum made a big splash in his return to the Octagon by putting out a dominant performance against the always tough Nelson. 

    The opening round saw Werdum sweep Nelson's leg, which allowed the Brazilian to take his opponent's back. Despite Werdum's dangerous ground game, Nelson escaped, but he ate big knees on his way up and suffered a bad cut.

    Towards the end of the round, Nelson caught a kick and dropped Werdum with an overhand right. In similar fashion to his fight with Fedor Emelianenko, Werdum tried to bait Nelson to the ground for a submission attempt, but Nelson avoided an armbar before the round came to an end.

    In the second round, Werdum continued to show off his improved striking under the instruction of King's MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro. Werdum landed 25 strikes to Nelson's 10 in the middle frame of the fight.

    Werdum slowed his pace in the final round, but he continued to use his jab and avoid Nelson's big right hand. After continuing to get the better of Nelson on his feet until the final bell, Werdum was awarded the victory and returned to his position as a heavyweight contender in the UFC.

     

    Stats provided by Compustrike.com.

Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce

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    Josh Koscheck defeated Mike Pierce by decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

    Former amateur wrestlers Koscheck and Pierce each came into Saturday with four wins in their past five fits, but Koscheck's success came against much stiffer competition. At UFC 143, though, Pierce showed that he is now on the former top contender's level.

    After pressing Koscheck against the fence for the first two minutes of the first round, Pierce held his own in the striking game against the long-time welterweight contender, outlanding the American Kickboxing Academy product by six total strikes in the opening stanza.

    Pierce continued to perform well on his feet in the second round, but Koscheck secured a takedown on his first attempt of the fight with about one minute remaining in the round. Pierce escaped shortly after, but the takedown may have made the difference in what was otherwise a close round.

    A very important takedown was secured by Pierce early in the final round, but Koscheck quickly escaped and landed a standing elbow to the temple. After a short break for a poke to Pierce's eye, Koscheck secured a takedown of his own to steal another frame that could have gone either way.

    Though the bout probably could have gone in either fighter's favor, Koscheck outlanded Pierce 43-40 in total strikes and secured one more takedown than his opponent.

    After pre-fight statements that he would be the first fighter to finish Pierce, Koscheck became the thrid straight opponent to take Pierce to a split decision. Unfortunately for Pierce, the decision went Koscheck's way, leaving Pierce just short of becoming a contender once again.

     

    Stats provided by Compustrike.com.

     


Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen

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    Renan Barao defeated Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

    Up-and-coming bantamweight Barao entered his UFC 143 fight with Jorgensen having gone undefeated in his past 27 fights. With a methodical dismantling of the former top WEC contender, Barao may have separated him as the best candidate to meet the winner of an upcoming title fight between champion Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.

    In the opening round, Barao used his jab effectively to keep Jorgensen at distance, which allowed the Brazilian to easily stuff two takedown attempts by the decorated wrestler. 

    Barao opened up his striking arsenal in the second round, frustrating Jorgensen enough to force the former Boise State University wrestler to pull guard. In the second frame alone, Barao outlanded Jorgensen in significant strikes by a margin of 53 to 19.

    The Nova Uniao product coasted a bit more in the third round, but he continued to get the better of Jorgensen in the stand-up and joined Cruz as the only fighter to beat Jorgensen in his past 10 fights.

    After the bout, Barao exclaimed, "Dana White, I want the belt!"

     

    Stats provided by Compustrike.com.

     

Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks

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    Ed Herman defeated Clifford Starks by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:43 of the second round.

    At UFC 143, Herman continued his climb in the middleweight division by finishing Starks with his well-rounded ground game in the second round.

    Starks landed some big right hands early in the fight, but Herman secured a surprising takedown against the former Arizona State University wrestler. Starks reversed Herman to potentially secure the round on the scorecards, but the tone was set with Herman's ability to take the fight to the ground.

    "Luckily I got a good chin," Herman said, "because he hit me hard a few times."

    One minute into the second round, Herman secured another takedown and quickly locked up a rear-naked choke, picking up his third straight win since returning from a knee injury that erased one year of the former TUF runner-up's career.

    Considering his wrestling background. Starks' inability to defend Herman's takedowns is a concern as his career progresses after suffering his first loss.

     


     

Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway

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    Dustin Poirier defeated Max Holloway by submission (mounted triangle-armbar) at 3:23 of the first round.

    A fight with featherweight contender Poirier proved to be too much too soon for UFC newcomer Holloway, but the 20-year-old's early success in the striking game showed that he has a bright future in the sport.

    Once Poirier was able to take the UFC's youngest fighter to the ground, though, the fast-rising star slapped on an armbar and transitioned to a mounted triangle-armbar to force the tap from his opponent.

    "I'm here to be a champion," Poirier said after the fight.

    Originally scheduled to fight Erik Koch at UFC 143, this win didn't do much for Poirier in terms of his position in the 145-pound rankings, but it reaffirmed the belief that he is one of the most talented fighters in the division.

     

    Stats provided by Compustrike.com.

     

Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa

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    Edwin Figueroa defeated Alex Caceres by split decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27).

    In a wild first round, Figueroa recovered from an early low blow and nearly knocked Caceres out with a head kick. However, Caceres regained his senses to take Figueroa's back for nearly two minutes of the round, making the frame a tough one to score.

    The abnormal fight continued into the second round, as Caceres received a two-point deduction for landing another blow to the groin of Figueroa. After another break in the action, Caceres took Figueroa's back and attempted to lock up a rear-naked choke for most of the rest of the round.

    Though Figueroa was named the winner, the fight was marred by Caceres' unintentional kicks to Figueroa's groin. The two-point deduction turned out to be the deciding factor in a fight that Caceres had dominated aside from the head kick he ate in the opening round.

    Despite outlanding Figueroa 54-33 in total strikes and attempting 10 submissions, Caceres came away with a loss on the judges' scorecards.

    Since losing to Michael McDonald in his UFC debut, the 26-year-old Figueroa has now won two straight and will look to win more decisively in his next Octagon appearance.  

     

    Stats provided by Compustrike.com.

     

Matt Brown vs. Chris Cope

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    Matt Brown defeated Chris Cope by knockout (punches) at 1:19 of the second round.

    After losing all three of his fights in 2010, Brown picked up his second win in three performances by knocking out Chris Cope with a series of punches that began with a right hook to the temple.

    "I got away from who I am," Brown said of his recent struggles inside the Octagon. "Enough of that."

    In the first round, the scrappy Brown outlanded Cope 27-16, doing a better job than his opponent of mixing kicks into combinations.

    After rocking Cope with a right hook early in the second frame, Brown dropped his opponent with a left hook and forced referee Kim Winslow to step in and stop the fight.

    After losing to Che Mills in his prior appearance, Cope could now be in danger of losing his spot on the UFC roster. 

     

    Stats provided by Compustrike.com.

     

Matt Riddle vs. Henry Martinez

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    Matt Riddle defeated Henry Martinez by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

    A fight that was originally scheduled between Amir Sadollah and Jorge Lopez, late replacements Riddle and Martinez battled to an exciting decision in the opening fight of UFC 143's prelims show on FX.

    At a significant size disadvantage, Martinez was able to counter Riddle well in the opening round, as the usual lightweight landed 32 more strikes than his opponent. 

    However, Riddle made an adjustment and fired back with kicks in the second round, which allowed him to stay on the outside and avoid Martinez's counters. Martinez still landed slightly more than Riddle in the second frame, but Riddle finished the round much stronger, which likely earned him the the edge on two judges' scorecards.

    Martinez appeared to grow frustrated after Riddle's late rally in the second round. Unable to work inside, Martinez was dominated by Riddle in the final stanza. Riddle continued to attack with kicks and a takedown midway through the round allowed Riddle to land 33 strikes on the ground to secure his victory on the scorecards.

    A loser of his previous two fights, Riddle's job may have been on the line at UFC 143. By overcoming early adversity, Riddle assured himself another fight inside the Octagon, where he has competed for his entire career.

    While the 28-year-old Martinez came out on the losing end, his performance against a larger opponent on only one week's notice showed that the Greg Jackson-trained fighter has a future in the UFC's 155-pound division.

     

    Stats provided by Compustrike.com.

Rafael Natal vs. Michael Kuiper

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    Rafael Natal defeated Michael Kuiper by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

    In a sloppy, yet effective performance, Natal earned his second consecutive victory at UFC 143.

    Competing against a skilled Dutch striker in Kuiper, Natal worked for a takedown early, taking the fight to the ground on multiple occasions in the first round. Towards the end of the first round Kuiper reversed Natal, be he was forced to fight off an armbar and couldn't mount enough offense to steal the round.

    After spending a ton of energy to take Kuiper down in the opening round, Natal looked drained in the second frame. Natal's exhaustion allowed Kuiper to keep the fight standing for most of the round, but the Dutchman couldn't put any combinations together as the Brazilian continued to press forward and secured another takedown near the end of the round. 

    In the final round, the undefeated UFC newcomer rocked Natal with a right hand early in the third, but Natal recovered and slammed Kuiper to the ground with a double leg takedown. From there, Natal moved to mount and attempted a triangle choke until the fight came to an end.

    In the process of handing the 22-year-old Kuiper his first loss, Natal improved his UFC record to 2-1-1 and showed that he is a tough opponent for most if he can get the fight to the ground.

     

Stephen Thompson vs. Dan Stittgen

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    Stephen Thompson defeated Dan Stittgen by knockout (head kick) at 4:13 of the first round.

    A very accomplished kickboxer, "Wonderboy" Thompson made a huge impression in his UFC debut by scoring a highlight reel knockout against Stittgen. 

    Thompson, who was undefeated in five fights heading into his first fight inside the Octagon, remained undefeated by landing a lead-leg head kick that Stittgen didn't see coming until it was too late.

    For a kickboxer who earned 40 knockout wins before making the switch to MMA, Thompson becomes a very interesting addition to the welterweight division on what will be an important night for the 170-pound class. 

    Unable to take his opponent to the ground because of Thompson's unorthodox movement, Stittgen was out of his element from the start of the fight. The 31-year-old now holds a 7-2 record after the loss in his UFC debut and will likely need a win in his next fight to remain with the organization.

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