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The UFC has done away with the Gladiator.  The new intro takes highlight reel action and couples it with computer generated graphics.  The result is visually appealing.  It looks pretty cool.  But they may have overdone, because the intro is better than many of the fights lately.  And I'm not sure if people want to plunk down 60 bucks for this.  Check it out, if you missed the UFC 143 broadcast.



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There are a lot of people disappointed with UFC 143, especially the main event, in which Carlos Condit used a counter-striking style to beat Nick Diaz.  In the process, he pissed off lots of Diaz fans who feel that he just "ran away" from Nick and made it a boring fight.

In this actual pic, a fan shows that he found the Koscheck vs. Pierce fight a snoozer.  Literally.  I'm assuming that this guy missed the UFC on Fox 2 show, because if UFC 143 bored him to sleep, UFC on Fox 2 would have put him into a coma.

What do you think? Was UFC 143 a stud or a dud?



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:

Everybody is talking about Nick Diaz fighting Georges St. Pierre for the UFC WW title, as if a victory for Diaz in tonight's match up against Carlos Condit is a foregone conclusion.  It most definitely is not. Condit has been on a tear lately, finishing his last three opponent's with strikes and in the process amassing a Fight of the Night award and two Knockout of the Night awards.  Yet, people are acting as though he's supposed to be the sacrificial lamb for Diaz in the run up to the GSP fight.

Although I think Diaz will win tonight, I don't see this as a walk for the 209 fighter.  The good news is, neither does Diaz.  He's not buying into the media hype and even said that Condit is more dangerous than GSP.  And he might be right about that.

Both men bring plenty of weapons into this fight, and most of the fight will probably take place on the feet.  It is sure to be an explosive match.  But to count Condit out already is a big mistake.

Another intesting thing about tonight's UFC is what kind of buy rate it will do.  Last week's UFC on Fox 2 show was supposed to introduce the UFC to a whole new set of eyeballs and thus increase PPV sales, but for new fans watching that card, they may be leery of buying tonight's $54.95 card.  I'm curious to see what kind of numbers the PPV brings in tonight.  It's clear that the UFC is concerned with their PPV numbers in general. They recently tried starting the show an hour earlier, but quickly moved it back to its original time.  We'll have to wait for the numbers to see what kind of bump the Fox show gave this card.

NFL players, including Eli Manning, Jerry Rice and Michael Strahan, make their UFC 143 predictions.

In this Q&A video, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre talks about his knee injury, rehab and returning to action.  Check it out.

Nice way to get right back on that dirt bike, Nick!  In this video, Nick is racing Xterra and takes a spill.  But that barely slows him down.  Check it out.

*cues Wipeout*


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