UFC 143 Results: 5 Possible Title Defense Fights for Carlos Condit

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIFebruary 6, 2012

UFC 143 Results: 5 Possible Title Defense Fights for Carlos Condit

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    Last night at UFC 143, Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz to become the UFC interim welterweight champion.  

    With UFC champ Georges St-Pierre on the shelf until the end of the year, Condit now has an important choice to make. 

    Take a fight and risk injury or losing his opportunity to face St-Pierre, or sit out and wait for the unification bout. 

    While neither Condit nor UFC president Dana White know what the next move will be yet, if Condit does take a fight, there are some interesting fights for him to take. 

    Lets take a look at five fights he could take to defend his title. 

The Winner of Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez

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    Both Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez could be one fight away from a title shot.

    Sanchez is on a three-fight winning streak and is always in an exciting matchup. 

    Ellenberger is on a five-fight winning streak. 

    In face, Ellenberger's only UFC loss came by split decision to Condit. 

    Both guys would love to get their shot at a title. 

Josh Koscheck

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    Although his win may not have been that impressive, Josh Koscheck did pick up a victory at UFC 143 last night. 

    Koscheck has been 2-0 since returning from an orbital bone injury that he suffered in his title fight against Georges St-Pierre. 

    Although Condit is the more versatile striker, Koscheck is always one punch away from a win and could be a tough warm up bout for Condit. 

    There is no love loss between the two as they were originally scheduled to face each other before St-Pierre had to drop out of his bout with Diaz. 

Rory MacDonald

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    Although Rory MacDonald is scheduled to return to action in April, if Condit does take a fight, he may want to consider a rematch with MacDonald. 

    In their first bout, MacDonald won the first two rounds before losing by tko to Condit in the third round. 

    The lost to Condit is MacDonald's only career loss and he has won two straight since the fight. 

    It would also be good for Condit to face somebody who trains with St-Pierre. 

    Although this could be an entertaining fight, the could cause even bigger problems for the UFC if MacDonald beat Condit and was put in position to be number one contender to his teammate St-Pierre. 

    Despite that problem, it would make for a great fight. 

Brian Ebersole

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    Brian Ebersole is one of the most unorthodox fighters in MMA today. 

    So much so that he's been called the "white Anderson Silva."

    Ebersole is 3-0 in the UFC thus far and has over 60 fights in his career. 

    Ebersole could make for an interesting match up for Condit as nobody has been able to figure him out yet. 

Nick Diaz

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    Diaz may have said he was going to retire from MMA after last night's fight, but Diaz is a fighter at heart. 

    While I believe the judges made the right call, some like Diaz believe he won the fight. 

    A second bout between the two would settle the score once and for all.