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Diaz vs Condit
Nelson vs Werdum
Koscheck vs Pierce
Barao vs Jorgensen
Herman vs Starks
Poirier vs Holloway
Caceres vs Figueroa
Brown vs Cope
Riddle vs Martinez
Natal vs Kuiper
Stittgen vs Thompson
UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit is an upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 4, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Georges St-Pierre was originally scheduled to defend his Welterweight Championship against Nick Diaz in the main event. However, on December 7, 2011, it was revealed St-Pierre had suffered an ACL injury that forced him out of the fight. Diaz will now face Carlos Condit with the winner receiving an interim title belt.Condit's original opponent, Josh Koscheck, is now expected to face Mike Pierce at this event.
Erik Koch was scheduled to face Dustin Poirier at the event, but pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Ricardo Lamas.However, Lamas also pulled out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Max Holloway.
Amir Sadollah was expected to face Jorge Lopez at the event, but was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Matt Riddle. Lopez was also forced out of the bout and replaced by promtional newcomer Henry Martinez.
UFC Primetime will return to promote the main event.
Mike Stumpf was expected to face Justin Edwards at the event, but was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Stephen Thompson. Edwards himself was forced out of the bout and Dan Stittgen will step in to fight Thompson.
The event will be the first showcasing the new PPV opener, retiring the long used gladiator intro
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UFC 143 Bleacher Report
Fight fans have been licking their chops for weeks in anticipation for UFC 143, and with two high octane fighters with plenty of skills headlining the card, it's no secret as to why.
The main even fight features former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz taking on former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit to determine the Interim UFC Welterweight Champion while Georges St-Pierre is on the shelf with an ACL injury.
The co-main event is another welterweight bout between two scrappy wrestlers in Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce, and the third fight on the main card pits two of the best jiu-jitsu fighters in the heavyweight division against one another in Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum.
In a bantamweight bout that promises fireworks, Renan Barao takes on Scott Jorgensen in a match where the winner will easily become a top-five fighter at 135 pounds.
The main card action begins with a middleweight battle between a wily veteran, Ed Herman, when he takes on an undefeated prospect in Clifford Starks.
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The UFC will head to Las Vegas, Nev. this weekend for its Super Bowl weekend event. The fight card, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and feature a bout between former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. The winner of the contest will be crowned interim UFC welterweight champion.
The interim title became necessary when current champion Georges St-Pierre injured his knee while training for his bout against Nick Diaz, a fight that was originally scheduled for this card. The injury required St-Pierre to undergo surgery, and since his last defense of the title had been a five-round unanimous decision victory over Jake Shields on April 30, 2011, it was decided that an interim champion would be in the best interest of the promotion.
Diaz is currently in the midst of an 11-fight winning streak, with his last victory being the dismantling of former UFC champion BJ Penn at UFC 137. The loss, a three-round unanimous decision, was so disheartening to the bruised and bloodied Penn that he effectively announced his retirement in the cage, telling Joe Rogan, “Joe, this is probably the last time you see me in here. I want to perform at the top level.…I've got a daughter. I've got another daughter on the way. I don't want to go home looking like this."
Condit’s recent record rivals that of his opponent, as he has gone 12-1 in his last 13 fights, with his sole loss being a split decision to Martin Kampmann in April of 2009. The loss was Condit’s UFC debut bout.
Condit is currently on a three-fight KO streak, with his two most recent stoppages, against Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim, earning him “Knockout of the Night” bonuses. He also has a “Fight of the Night” bonus to his name since joining the UFC.
The co-main event on the card will feature Fabricio Werdum returning to the UFC for the first time since a knockout loss to current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 90. Werdum’s opponent on Saturday will be Roy Nelson, who earned a TKO victory over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in his last fight.
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