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Written by Michael Finch
To my amazement, Carlos Condit was awarded a Unanimous Decision over Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 143. Even more shocking to me was that two judges scored it 49-46, meaning that they gave one of Diaz’s dominant second or fifth rounds to Condit. I have been watching MMA for over 10 years now, and this is one of the worst championship decisions in history. Please, let me explain.
The first round was close, but Diaz was much more aggressive with his striking. His pressing boxing attack backed Condit up. Condit did a good job circling off of the fence, but spent most of the round backpedaling and uncomfortable with a confident Diaz on his case. Diaz won the round 10-9.
Round two was a dominant round for Diaz. The crafty boxer landed clean combinations on Condit, even literally slapping him in the face. Diaz landed a vicious combination against the fence, maybe eight punches, to Condits body. The round clearly went to Diaz. A couple of MMA websites, one very major, scored this round to Condit. I wonder what fight they were watching?
Round three showed Condit hanging tough with kicks. Diaz seemed to slow his attack, and though he was the aggressor, Condit was able to land a bit more. It was a tight round, but I can see it being scored 10-9 for Condit.
The fourth round is very similar to the third, with a stalking but slowed Diaz and a moving, kicking Condit. Both fighters had their moments in this round, and Condit seemed to be sticking well to his game-plan. As the round ended, Diaz held Condit’s leg, and should have been reprimanded more from the referee. Condit took the round 10-9.
Now, here is the fight defining round for me. I had two rounds in the books for Diaz, and two for Condit. The round was competitive early, continuing the kickboxing match. I thought Condit landed more strikes in the first three minutes. Then Diaz took the back of Condit, tripping him to the floor and sinking in a body triangle to stick. Diaz worked for a choke, thought about an arm-bar, and had some choke possibilities before he tried to jump for the arm with seconds to go. Condit was able to escape at the bell, and the two embraced afterwords. To me, this is a clear round for Diaz, 10-9, due to a very dominant position and attempts to finish the fight. The fight for Diaz on my scorecard is 48-47, and I was ready to hear 49-46 Diaz as well, with a debatable third round.
However, as we know, Condit got his hand raised via a Unanimous Decision. I am shocked and amazed that the fifth round was scored to Condit. Diaz clearly had the dominant positions, and there was no shocking event that took place in the striking that would indicate Condit overcoming the clear ground domination that Diaz dished out.
Diaz often does show a lack of respect for his opponents. Tonight there was lots of taunts and questionable activity from him, none of which is ideal for a champion. Diaz doesn’t enjoy media, he doesn’t thrive under the spotlight, and he isn’t very reliable when it comes to appearing at media events. There were many problems with Diaz being champion, but his performance in tonights fight against Condit was not one of them.
PPV Main Card
Carlos Condit (169) vs. Nick Diaz (169)
Roy Nelson (246) vs. Fabricio Werdum (246)
Josh Koscheck (170) vs. Mike Pierce (170)
Renan Barao (136) vs. Scott Jorgensen (135)
Ed Herman (185) vs. Clifford Starks (185)
FX Preliminary Card
Max Holloway (144) vs. Dustin Poirier (146)
Alex Caceres (136) vs. Edwin Figueroa (135)
Matt Brown (171) vs. Chris Cope (171)
Jorge Lopez (169) vs. Matt Riddle (170)
Facebook Preliminary Card
Rafael Natal (186) vs. Michael Kuiper (183)
Dan Stittgen (170) vs. Stephen Thompson (171)
Geroge St. Pierre is out, and UFC 145 just got a lot crazier. It is a rare scenario as Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit will fight to claim an interim welterweight title left up for grabs. There are two more big fights on the card as well-rounded (figuratively and literally) Roy Nelson takes on Jiu-Jitsu ace Fabricio Werdum, and high-ranked welterweight contender Josh Koscheck will battle fellow wrestler-turned-striker Mike Pierce.
UFC 145: Condit vs. Diaz takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 4th, 2012. The card is stacked up with exciting fights from top to bottom. The first prelims can be viewed on Facebook, the following four on FX, and the main card on Pay-Per-View.
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit
Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum
Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce
Scott Jorgensen vs. Renan Barao
Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks
FX Preliminary Card
Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier
Matt Riddle vs. Jorge Lopez
Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa
Matt Brown vs. Chris Cope
Facebook Preliminary Card
Dan Stittgen vs. Stephen Thompson
Rafael Natal vs. Michael Kuiper
Diaz vs. Condit Breakdown
The main event has all the right ingredients to be one of the best fights of 2012.
You can call him the “Natural Born Killer”, because Condit is a proven finisher. Pure and simple, when he steps into the cage, he is likely to end it. In over 30 fights, Condit has gone to a decision a mere three times. He has 13 KO’s and 13 Submission wins to his credit, clearly showcasing that he is dangerous anywhere the fight goes. Condit will need to avoid making this a boxing match by using his kicks, knees, elbows, and jiu-jitsu game to keep up with the pace of Diaz.
A tough, gritty, cardio machine, Diaz has fighting in his blood. His evolution of boxing has come to a high peak as he is showcasing the most accurate and active punching in MMA today. Diaz is fresh off of a win over BJ Penn in which he overwhelmed the Hawaiian in a clear decision victory. Diaz will ned to put his hands on Condit more than anyone ever has, outworking him throughout the fire rounds, and avoid being out-worked himself in the grappling aspect.
Nelson vs. Werdum Breakdown
Nelson and Werdum are both just on the cusp of breaking into the elite of the UFC heavyweight division.
For Nelson, he was there when he stepped in with Junior Dos Santos. He fell short and was out-boxed for three rounds. Then he dropped another fight to Frank Mir. Nelson recently got back on track with a TKO victory over Cro Cop, who was reminded of Nelsons power in the third round of an otherwise very competitive fight. A finish over Werdum would surely return him to the hierarchy of the division.
Werdum was considered a top three heavyweight when he triangled Fedor. He then fought for the Strikeforce heavyweight title and was out-struck by Alistair Overeem to a decision loss. He is a decorated Jiu-Jitsu fighter, and has showcasing his ever improving boxing. Against Nelson, Werdum will need to establish his longer reach and avoid getting clobbered with a big right hand, and take Nelson down at any opportunity he gets.
By MMAFREEAGENT Reporter Samuel Adamek
XFO Offsides Fight Night was held at Offsides Bar and Grill in Woodstock, IL on January 21st, 2012. The amateur action is highlighted in detail below.
Nick Dunski vs Shawn Bridgeman
Bridgeman shot for a double-leg take-down right off the bat. Dunski responded with a guillotine. Bridgeman defended the submission attempt, but remained trapped in the guillotine. Bridgeman weathered the storm and the fight returned to the feet. Another take-down by Bridgeman ensued, but the action was quickly stopped by the end of the round. The round clearly went to Dunski, 10-9.
The second round opened with a take-down by Dunski, followed by a swift transition to full-mount. Dunski threw a number of punches to Bridgeman’s midsection, from where he proceeded to throw even more punches from the mount position and forced a verbal tapout.
Final: Nick Dunski def Shawn Bridgeman, Verbal Tapout due to strikes 2:04 of Round 2
Brian Radtke vs Tim Sullivan
Radtke began the bout by clocking Sullivan with a right hand. He proceeded to rush Sullivan, jump into mount, rain down punches, and quickly draw a referee stoppage.
Final: Brian Radtke def Tim Sullivan, TKO :39 of Round 1
Geovanni Greco vs David Sorenson
Sorenson began with a quick shot. The fighters were in a brief stalemate as Greco waited out the attack. Sorenson captured Greco’s back for a brief moment, but was unable to capitalize as the wrestling battle continued. Sorenson took the round, winning it 10-9.
The second round featured numerous leg kicks from Sorenson, who blasted Greco with his shin. Greco, in response, was able to trip Sorenson with a kick of his own. Sorenson regained his feet and quickly took Greco down, taking his back. Sorenson began a flurry of damaging strikes that would end the bout, with Greco tapping as a result. The referee hesitated to stop the assault, allowing Greco to take a number of unnecessary punches.
Final: David Sorenson def Geovanni Greco, Tapout due to strikes 1:06 of Round 2
Cody Richards vs Alan Marugg
Alan Marugg and Cody Richards stood up and threw heedless punches to begin the fight. Marugg was able to take Richards down. Marugg threw scores of punches to the head and body, drawing a tapout due to strikes.
Alan Marugg def Cody Richards, Tapout due to strikes 1:02 of Round 1
Anthony Schott vs Stan Janeczko
Before this fight actually got underway, Janeczko began trotting around the cage with tennis shoes on his feet. He was able to circle the cage two or three times before a corner man made note of the issue and advised cageside assistants. From the get-go, these two men were throwing vigorous punches, few of them landing. Schott briskly took Janeczko down and found himself in the mount position. Schott then delivered copious amounts of strikes resulting in a technical knockout.
Final: Anthony Schott def Stan Janeczko, TKO 1:46 of Round 1
Mike Mahurin vs Tim Holman
Holman shot a double leg without hesitation as the fight opened, successfully taking his opponent down. Holman proceeded to deliver forceful strikes, resulting in a tapout from Mahurin.
Final: Tim Holman def Mike Mahurin, Tapout due to strikes :09 of Round 1
Skyler Petrancosta vs Tyler Reece
Petrancosta began by shooting and taking down Reece, only to be reversed by him soon after. The fighters jousted for position, and Petrancosta stood up, landing himself in a guillotine. Petrancosta tapped out and momentarily passed out, tumbling to the canvas after the hold was released.
Final: Tyler Reece def Skyler Petrancosta, Tapout due to guillotine choke 1:40 of Round 1
Charles Radtke vs Michael Dann
Radtke began the fight with a take-down. Dann attempted a guillotine, which eventually fizzled out. Radtke fought for a favorable position and got it, prompting a flurry of punches that ultimately caused the referee to stop the fight. The fight was over, but Radtke was not done, as he continued to deliver punches to his opponent’s unguarded head. An uproar from the restless crowd ensued as they voiced their discontent with Radtke’s lack of sportsmanship and self-control.
Final: Charles Radtke def Michael Dann, TKO
Gram Livermoore vs Daniel Flora
Daniel Flora began the fight with a failed take-down attempt. Flora again tried a take-down, and on the second attempt was successful. Flora hastily transitioned to mount and proceeded to deliver damaging strikes. Livermoore assumed a flat position, face down, his hands covering his head and showing no sign of escape, prompting a referee stoppage.
Final: Daniel Flora def Gram Livermoore, TKO Round 1
Bellator Fighting Championships 59 took place on November 26 2011 at Caesar’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The main event was the season five heaveyweight tournament final between Eric Prindle and Thiagle Santos. Let me tell you this fight did not last long. Santos took Prindle down twice then elected to fight on his feet. Then Santos gives Prindle a swift soccer kick right to his groin. The strike was definitely not the worst groin shot I have ever seen, not even close. Prindle ends up taking the full 5 minutes he is allowed to recover then tells the ref he feels like he is going to through up and the fight is declared a no contest at 1:24 of the first round. I was pumped for this fight but it ended in total disappointment. They showed the strike from many angles and he should have been able to continue. Bellator however is scheduling a rematch between Prindle and Santos which will take place sometime in early 2012. Bellator certainly did not want this to be the conclusion of season 5 as this was the main event. The sad thing was this was not the only disappointment on the card.
In the co-main event Kurt Pellegrino (a New Jersey Native) and UFC veteran with 12 UFC fights faced off against the always dangerous Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in a mma lightweight match.
Pellegrino had come out of retirement for this bought but it sure didnt last long. Patricky came out and landed a 1 – 2 punch combo that dropped Pellegrino. Pellegrino did the best he could to stay in the fight by grabbing a leg and closing the distance while hoping to clear the cobwebs out of his head. The ref jumps in and stops the fight when Pellegrino doesn’t look like he is in any danger at all. This really pissed the crowd off as the boo’s started pouring out from the crowd. The terrible stoppage tarnished what would have been a staple in the Pitbulls career.
As the UFC 141 cage fighting event fast is fast approaching one can’t help but want to talk about the main event. Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar is sure to be a knock down drag out brawl. You have to give Overeem the nod when it comes to all aspects of the fight. Overeem is currently the Strike Force heavy weight champion. He has been in the cage with the whose who of heavy weights in the world carrying a record of 35 wins and 11 losses and has been fighting MMA since back in 1999. He has fought fighters like Brett Rogers, Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Cropcop, Mark Hunt, Paul Buentello, Shogun and the list goes on and on. In the news conference Overeem says his experience level will play a major factor and he will tare Brock apart piece by piece. While Brock Lesnar is relatively new to the sport having his first fight 8 years later. Brock carry’s a record of 5 wins and 2 losses. One loss coming via submission from Frank Mir (he later knocks Mir out in his career) and one loss via TKO via Cain Velasquez heavy hands. One can also argue that the ref could have stopped the beating he took in round one vs. Shane Carwin as he was blocking punches with his face. After Carwin punched himself out Brock didn’t have much trouble choking him out in round two with an arm triangle. I personally think Overeem will knock Lesnar out in the second round but you never know what can happen in MMA. After all who would have thought the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight would end so early in the first round.