Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will be taking on former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit for the interim UFC welterweight championship at UFC 143 this weekend. Many are anticipating this to be one of the best fights of the year.
After being removed from the main event at UFC 137 against reigning champion Georges St-Pierre due to missing two pre-fight press conferences, the 29-year-old fought and defeated B.J. Penn by unanimous decision at the same event instead.
It was arguably the most impressive performance of his career.
Condit is currently riding a four-fight win streak with knockout victories over Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim.
Diaz is on an 11-fight win streak with wins over Penn, Paul Daley, Scott Smith, KJ Noons and Evangelista Santos.
Also on the card, former title challenger Josh Koscheck will face up-and-comer Mike Pierce, whose only losses in the UFC are to Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks.
Other main card bouts include Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum, Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen and Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks.