Following four stellar main card fights, it was finally time to declare the UFC's newest welterweight champion as Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit entered the Octagon for their main event showdown.
When action began it was Condit who appeared to be well-prepared, using a variety of leg kicks and counter attacks to avoid the dangerous striking of Diaz.
As expected, Stockton's own began to taunt his opponent "The Natural Born Killer," similar to what he did to BJ Penn at UFC 137.
However, things would go differently because Condit wasn't the slightest bit phased.
Diaz would respond with a flurry of punches, but Condit would answer back with a spinning back-fist.
An even first frame entered the second. The crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center knew they were in for a treat as Diaz shined in Round 2 and continued his taunting.
Diaz continued to pressure Condit up against the cage but struggled to maintain his opponent. It was clear this wasn't a night where Diaz could impose his will with ease.
Condit continued to stick to his game plan by landing several kicks, but Diaz would storm in to win the second round. Many believed the judge's scorecards to be even heading into Round 3.
Just when fans thought he was about to fold, Condit would control the third frame as Diaz was rightfully gaining the smallest big of urgency.
Without missing a beat, Condit continued to stick to his game plan provided by Greg Jackson as he backed away from any trouble against the cage.
By this point, it was clear that Diaz was becoming frustrating with how things were going and the taunting slowly began to fade.
After stealing Round 3, Condit would do the same thing in the very next round. The Las Vegas crowd couldn't believe what was unfolding right before their eyes.
Condit would steal away the first of two championship rounds as many believed the fifth and final to be the deciding factor.
When Round 5 went underway, it was Diaz who connected on a series of strikes but continued to struggle against Condit's short spurts of attacks.
Diaz would secure a late takedown but failed to capitalize, and Condit captured his opponent's back as the final round came to a close.
As the world patiently awaited the final verdict, it was Condit whose hand would be raised by unanimous decision.
The judge's scorecards read 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46
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