Diaz, who was on an 11-fight win streak, saw his title aspirations ripped away after the judges rendered a rather controversial decision in favor of "The Natural Born Killer."
"I don't need this [expletive]. I pushed the guy backwards the whole time. He ran from me the whole fight. I landed the harder shots. He ran the whole time. He kicked me in my leg with little baby leg kicks the whole fight," a rather animated Diaz told UFC commentator Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview. "That's the way they understand how to win here. I don't want to play this game no more."
Condit's game plan throughout the fight was to keep the action in the open, utilize leg kicks and avoid getting pinned against the cage. It was a game plan that was executed flawlessly, despite continued taunts from Diaz.
Condit never took the bait and did exactly what his coaches told him to do, which is the primary reason he went home with UFC gold on Saturday night.
"It's pretty surreal," said Condit. "I couldn't have done it without my coaches and teammates. They prepared me for this fight. I did what they told me to do, and I walked away with the victory."
Unfortunately for fans, they won't get the super fight between Diaz and Georges St-Pierre. Condit managed to play spoiler to the blockbuster bout, and he could face St-Pierre later in the year for the undisputed UFC title.
He may be the interim champion, but there are a few questions that remain about Carlos Condit.