“UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit” took place Saturday night inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Carlos Condit (Pictured) captured the interim welterweight crown by taking a highly controversial unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz in the show’s featured contest. Following the unfavorable verdict, a disgruntled Diaz threatened to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts.
Fabricio Werdum made a successful return to the big leagues by posting a lopsided decision over Roy Nelson in the night’s co-main event.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Stephen Thompson Defeated Dan Stittgen via KO (Head Kick) at 4:13 in the 1stRound
Rafael Natal Defeated Michael Kuiper via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Matt Riddle Defeated Henry Martinez via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Brown Defeated Chris Cope via TKO (Punches) at 1:19 in the 2ndRound
Edwin Figueroa Defeated Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres via Split Decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27)
Dustin Poirier Defeated Max Holloway via Submission (Triangle Armbar) at 3:23 in the 1stRound
Ed Herman Defeated Clifford Starks via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:43 in the 1stRound
Renan Barao Defeated Scott Jorgensen via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Josh Koscheck Defeated Mike Pierce via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Fabricio Werdum Defeated Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Carlos Condit Defeated Nick Diaz via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) (Condit captures interim UFC welterweight title)
Fight of the Night:
Roy Nelson, Fabricio Werdum ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Dustin Poirier ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Stephen Thompson ($65,000)
According to UFC president Dana White, 10,040 fans packed the arena, garnering the company $2.3 million at the gate.
Diaz did not attend the presser.
White thought Condit won the fight, three rounds to two. Diaz took the opening two frames, while Condit swept the final three.
Per White, Diaz vs. Koscheck is possible if Mr. 209 doesn’t actually retire.
White claimed a healthy Condit could defend his interim title before champion Georges St-Pierre returns.
Koscheck stated he’s no longer affiliated with American Kickboxing Academy.
He’s down to dance with Diaz.
White says verbal agreements are in place for Anderson Silva to defend his belt against Chael Sonnen this June in Brazil.
Condit will discuss with his coaches and management whether he’ll fight again before GSP comes back.
Werdum was pointing to the mat during his fight to distract Nelson so he could kick him in the head.
Werdum wants to be included in the Brazil card.
Condit believed he clearly won, “I picked him apart.”