UFC 143 Results: What's Next for the Winners
The UFC crowned a new champion Saturday night, and after five rounds of main event action, Carlos Condit walked away with the interim welterweight title in a closely contested bout with former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz.
We know who is next for Condit, but what's next for the other winners on the UFC 143 card?
In the co-main event, Fabricio Werdum took a big step forward in the division by defeating Roy Nelson. It was his first fight in the UFC since losing to Junior dos Santos in 2009.
Other fighters to appear on the main card include Josh Koscheck, Mike Pierce, Renan Barao and Ed Herman.
This is what's next for the main card winners.
Ed Herman Def. Clifford Starks by Submission in Round 2
Ed Herman (20-7) has been in the UFC since 2006, and with a second-round submission win over Clifford Starks, extends his win-streak to three, something he hasn't done in almost four years.
It was a dominant performance for the most part, and after taking several big right hands, Herman got to work and wasted no time in putting the finishing touches on his opponent in the second round.
With a good win-streak in the UFC's middleweight division, Herman can start to get back into contention if he takes on another fighter who is gathering hype.
A fight versus the winner of the upcoming Court McGee and Constantinos Philippou bout makes sense for him, and it's one that can help him reestablish his position in the division.
Renan Barão Def. Scott Jorgensen by Unanimous Decision
Many considered Scott Jorgensen to be Renan Barao's (28-1) toughest opponent, and they were right.
After three rounds, Barao walked away with the decision victory with 30-27 scorecards across the board. It was Jorgensen's first loss in the UFC and Barao's third victory.
The win sets him up for a shot at the title, but with Dominick Cruz tied up with a third clash with Urijah Faber, Barao will have to take another fight.
This should be against the winner of the upcoming Michael McDonald and Miguel Torres bout.
Josh Koscheck Def. Mike Pierce by Split-Decision
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Josh Koscheck (17-5) was able to pick up his second consecutive win since losing to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre after defeating Mike Pierce by split-decision.
Pierce was able to out-strike Koscheck on the feet, but the takedowns Koscheck scored in Rounds 2 and 3 seemed to be the difference in the scoring.
With two belts floating around in the 170-pound division, Koscheck wants to get his hand on a least one of them. It might not come after this performance, and a fight versus Johny Hendricks, who was last seen knocking out Koscheck's teammate Jon Fitch, should determine a top challenger.
Fabricio Werdum Def. Roy Nelson by Unanimous Decision
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Fabricio Werdum's (15-5) returned to the UFC was a successful one, as he dominated the extremely durable Roy Nelson for three rounds in heavyweight action.
Werdum showcased his underrated standup skills and brutalized Nelson's face with knees. He was also able to land strikes from a distance, including some flashy kicks. All three judges scored it 30-27 for the Brazilian.
With a short line to the heavyweight championship, Werdum might be setting himself up for a rematch with Dos Santos if he can make it past one or two more opponents.
The first should be Frank Mir, who many consider the best submission grappler in the division. Werdum could definitely make an argument to that.
Carlos Condit Def. Nick Diaz by Unanimous Decision (49-47, 49-47 and 48-47)
Carlos Condit (28-5) added a second title to his mantle, and now, the titles are set to be unified later this year.
The fight will come against undisputed champion Georges St-Pierre, and it will be one of the most anticipated fights of the year if it happens.
With GSP recovering from his injury, it will be interesting to see how he comes back and if he is the same fighter he was almost a year ago.
It will have been almost two years since GSP was last seen in the Octagon, and it's going to be a tough return against the ever-improving Condit.