Sunday, 05 February 2012 11:56
I told you not to count Carlos Condit out last night, didn't I? Condit won a unanimous decision victory against Nick Diaz at UFC 143, which prompted Diaz to announce his retirement in the ring immediately after the fight. Nick thought he'd done more than enough to win the fight, and felt that he was pushing the action, walking Condit down, and throwing the bigger shots. He said that Condit used "little baby" leg kicks, which is not enough to win.
Condit did use his leg kicks very effectively, and he fought most of the fight backing up and countering. When Diaz would close the distance, Condit would move away. It was a very effective tactic against Diaz, and enough in all three judges eyes to win the fight. This morning, the MMA message boards are exploding with outrage that Condit "ran away" from Diaz all night, but in reality he fought a brilliant fight. Personally, I thought that Nick's pressure, and his takedown and back control of Condit in the fifth round won him the fight three rounds to two, but I can also see how the judges could give Condit the nod.
Condit, who now holds the UFC interim welterweight title, will face Georges St. Pierre near the end of the year to unify the titles. GSP is on record saying that he wanted Diaz to win, and an GSP vs. Diaz tilt would be a much bigger seller than GSP vs. Condit.
Still, Condit is deserving of his shot against GSP, and he deserves some praise for executing his gameplan perfectly last night. Instead, he's getting beat up on the boards by people calling him the new Kalib Starnes, who infamously ran from Nate Quarry in their fight. Some people wonder which brand of running shoes is going to sponsor Condit now. Yes, fans can be mean!
As for Diaz, he announced his retirement immediately after the fight. It remains to be seen if that was just emotion talking or if he really will hang up the gloves. He came into the UFC looking to fight GSP for the title, but now he's at least a year away from that fight. So he might be serious about quitting the sport.
In the co-main event, Roy Nelson once again showed his toughness by surviving three rounds with Fabricio Werdum. Werdum is known for his Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills, but he displayed some great muay Thai skills last night, busting up Big Country's face with wicked knees. Werdum is now in the hunt for a shot against Junior Dos Santos, the UFC HW champ.
Here are the complete results of last night's fights: