Carlos Condit accomplished something no man has done in a very long time—avoid the striking of Nick Diaz.
Instead, "The Natural Born Killer" paced himself through five grueling rounds, landing leg and head kicks followed by a combination of strikes to keep the Stockton proud on the edge of his seat.
Condit would insert several spinning back-fists and continued to avoid getting his back against the cage as time progressed through the main event at UFC 143.
When the final bell came to a close, the world awaited a decision that would ultimately declare Condit the UFC's newest welterweight champion via unanimous decision.
Despite the controversy, Condit clearly stuck to his game plan as he was able to endure minimal damage from the stand-up of Diaz and out-struck his opponent by nearly 50 punches.
While Condit's style certainly wasn't the flashiest style we've seen, it was effective.
With the UFC's welterweight division falling apart, Condit could very well be the savior as he has the skill set to become the future of the 170-pound weight class.
Condit's conditioning, stand-up and ability to grapple leave many to believe he could become the poster child of all 170-pounders once Georges St-Pierre is out of the picture.
In addition, following his main event defeat, Diaz announced that he would be stepping away from the Octagon ultimately opening up an even larger door for Condit.
If Condit can continue to evolve as a martial artist, there's an exceptional chance we could see him reigning supreme as champion for a significant amount of time.
At just 27 years of age, Condit is the future of the welterweight division.
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