UFC 143 Results: Carlos Condit defeats Nick Diaz, gets next shot at GSPPosted on February 5, 2012, 12:54 AM by Anton Gurevich
Condit had a clear gameplan of avoiding Nick Diaz strikes, going full throttle into a counter-punching mode. Diaz chased Condit around the Octagon, and was able to land good striking combinations on several occasions, but it was Carlos Condit who the quantity and quality in this match-up.
Diaz failed to execute his gameplan. He was unable to dictate the pace during the fight and to have continuous attacks on Carlos Condit. Diaz was rushing forward and kept the pressure on Condit, which played according to scenario Greg Jackson prepared for his protege. It was Condit who decided where the fight was taking place, and it was Condit who was able to mix kicks and punches according to the developments inside the Octagon.
Striking-wise, NBK's kickboxing skills made the difference in this fight. Condit used his legs to keep distance from Nick Diaz, who was visibly frustrated throughout the fight. Carlos Condit was able to hit Diaz with a few good head kicks, but the Cesar Gracie representative displayed an impressive chin that kept him in the fight.
In the end, it's a 49-46 (x2), 48-47 Unanimous Decision for Carlos Condit, who will now face Georges St. Pierre for the Undisputed UFC Welterweight title. As for Nick Diaz, the 209'er announced his retirement in a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, and will now go back to Stockton, California, to revise the future of his Mixed Martial Arts career.
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