UFC 143 Results: Is Nick Diaz Overrated and Overpaid?

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIFebruary 5, 2012

Nick Diaz has been called many things through out his MMA career. 

Champion, thug, misunderstood, warrior and disrespectful are just a few of the words that many have called the Stockton, CA native. 

Diaz has also been called overrated and has called himself overpaid following his UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit

Believe it or not, Diaz is neither of these things. 

Last night could arguably be one of the most boring fights in Diaz's career.

That being said, there was still action, trash talk and post fight antics that had much entertainment value.

Did the fight live up to the hype? Not quite, but it wasn't all Diaz's fault. 

Diaz pressed forword for much of the fight, and came up just short of scoring an impressive submission in the final moments of the bout but Diaz simply fought a fighter that refused to play his game last night.

Diaz has had exciting brawls with the likes of BJ Penn, Paul Daley and others over the course of his career but last night he faced a guy in Condit who had a pretty good game plan and stuck to it.

Despite being out struck last night, if Diaz had the same judges that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson had when he fault Lyoto Machida, we would be calling him the new interim UFC welterweight champion simply for pressing forword the majority of the fight.

Before making his return to the UFC, Diaz was often criticized because of the competition he's faced but since coming back, he's proved his doubters wrong and caused controversy all at the same time. 

Diaz is a great athlete and one of the toughest fighters in the world. 

He may not be on the same level of Georges St-Pierre or Anderson Silva, but he is one of the best welterweights in MMA today. 

It would be a shame if he does retire because there are many more exciting fights left in him.