As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit. Our live coverage will start with the Facebook prelim stream (roughly 7 p.m. ET) through the FX broadcast of the prelims (8 p.m. ET) and through the PPV broadcast (10 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
This post will cover live results and thoughts for the undercard on Facebook and FX.
The featured bout of the FX undercard sees featherweights Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway step into the cage. Also in action on FX is former Ultimate Fighter castmember Alex Caceres as he takes on Edwin Figueroa and a battle of former TUF fighters with Matt Brown taking on Chris Cope. The opening fight on FX will be Matt Riddle against Henry Martinez. On Facebook it will be Rafael Natal against Michael Kuiper and Dan Stittgen fighting Stephen Thompson.
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Dan Stittggen vs. Stephen Thompson - Round 1 - Thompson with a leg kick and Stittggen looks very stiff in his movement. Thompson is moving around pretty well. Stittggen tries to close distance and Thompson just uses a variety of kicks to keep him at distance. Stittggen tries to just rush forward to close distance. There's a lot of playing with distance here and not a lot of shots being landed. Stittggen with a leg kick. Thompson looks like he's going at sparring speed right now but Stittggen isn't doing anything to make him work harder, so it doesn't really matter. Stittggen with a leg kick. Thompson with a beautiful two punch combo with a head kick at the end and Stittggen is out. That was beautiful. He faked a leg kick and then whipped the kick to the face and Stittggen was out cold. Stephen Thompson wins by KO (head kick), 4:13 of round 1.
Michael Kuiper vs. Rafael Natal - Round 1 - Kuiper with a kick attempt, Natal with a big takedown and Kuiper scrambles. Natal tries to get a standing guillotine but Kuiper pops out. Natal gets some space and tries for a takedown but can't get it. Leg kick by Natal. Natal with a big takedown and Kuiper keeps working to get up. Kuiper stands up, gets underhooks and is up. Natal forces his way in and gets the takedown into half guard again. Kuiper manages to stand again but Natal is pushing for another takedown. Natal with another right hand and another takedown. Kuiper manages to sweep, almost gets armbarred but is on top now. Natal manages to look for the armbar again but Kuiper gets up. 10-9 Natal round on the takedowns alone.
Round 2 - Leg kick by Kuiper. Nice combination by Natal but Kuiper slides a bit and lands a left hand. Kuiper stalking a bit. Nice right hand by kuiper lands and stiffens Natal a bit. Right hand by Natal and he tries for a takedown but can't get it. Natal is tiring here and he's getting busted up a little bit. Natal with some hard shots and Kuiper with a left in return. Two huge right hands by Natal and Kuiper takes them well. Natal with another combination and he's starting to find some space for his punches. Right hand by Natal and a spinning backfist. Big right hand, another spinning backfist and Natal is really opening and scoring with shots now. His technique isn't great but he's scoring. Big right by Kuiper. Natal with a jab. Natal with a takedown that likely secures him the round. 10-9 Natal.
Round 3 - Natal reaching with punches. Kuiper with a big right that drops Natal. Kuiper following up with hammerfists. Natal is managing to survive. Kuiper isn't fully opening up, but as I type that he starts to. Nice right hand gets in but Natal manages to get guard back. Natal now looking for the takedown. Natal gets it and is on top in side control. Natal landing some elbows to the side of the head. Natal passes to mount with a little over 1:10 left. Natal gets the arm triangle. It's deep but Kuiper is defending as best he can and Natal is a bit too high on the elbow and there's too much space. Round ends and I guess 10-9 Kuiper but both guys were close to finishing.
Official Scorecards: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 Rafael Natal wins by unanimous decision.
The FX broadcast is kicking off now.
Henry Martinez vs. Matt Riddle - Round 1 - Martinez misses a wild right. Hard leg kick by Martinez. Martinez with a left hand and Riddle with a leg kick. Right hand by Martinez and a body kick by Riddle. Riddle's style is getting him countered a bit. Riddle with a long right but Martinez cracks him with another counter. Martinez is doing a good job here but neither guy has been hurt yet. Martinez throws a big flurry and lands one shot. Another Martinez counter. Riddle tries a front kick to the face but misses. Leg kick by Martinez. Riddle just misses a knee and Martinez lands as the round ends. 10-9 Martinez.
Round 2 - Riddle trying to push forward again but Martinez has a very good sense of timing and spacing. Big leg kick by Martinez. Big left hand by Martinez. Nice two punches by Martinez snap the head of Riddle. Body kick by Riddle. Martinez isn't landing as much, but it beats the pretty much nothing riddle is doing other than body kicks. Right hand by Martinez. Nice left by Riddle and he tries to open up but misses and tries to flurry but doesn't really land. Nice moment for Riddle, but Martinez won that round in my eyes. 10-9 Martinez.
Round 3 - Riddle keeps trying to work the body kick as Martinez tries to walk forward. Kick by Riddle is blocked, Martinez misses the counter. Nice straight left by Riddle. Nice shot by Martinez. Riddle keeps going back to the kicks but only the body kicks are really landing for him. Left hand lands for Martinez. Body kick by Riddle. Martinez is taken down and looked to work a rubber guard but ended up giving up his back in a scramble. Head kick by Riddle as Martinez stands up is just blocked. Riddle with another takedown and Martinez again going to rubber guard but back to full guard. Riddle landing some nice ground and pound now. Riddle works the ground and pound to the final bell. 10-9 Riddle but I'd give it to Martinez 29-28 overall.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 Martinez, 29-28 Riddle, 29-28 Riddle. Matthew Riddle wins by split decision.
Matt Brown vs. Chris Cope - Round 1 - They trade leg kicks early. Right hand by Brown on the back end of a combo lands. Leg kick by Brown. Brown pushes Cope into the cage. Cope turns it around. Elbow by Cope. Big knee lands for Brown. Takedown by Brown. Brown working knees to the leg. Brown working for the takedown and Cope defends. Brown with a sweep takedown, Cope stands and Brown knees him in the gut. Elbow by Brown. Left hand by Cope. Jab by Brown. Leg kick by Brown lands hard. Leg kick in return by Cope. Both men land right hands. 10-9 Brown.
Round 2 - Right hand by Brown. Cope with a leg kick. Body kcik by Cope is blocked. Hard jab by Brown. Leg kick by Cope and Brown tees off with a nice combination. Big left hand hurts Cope. Cope lays on his side and gets hit in the face a few more times and is out of it. It was a right hand that started Cope's legs going and a left that dropped him before some bombs on the ground scrambled Cope's brain. Matt Brown wins by TKO (punches), 1:19 of round 2.
Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa - Round 1 - Caceres with a leg kick and Figueroa is trying to close distance. Caceres with a left hand. Very big shot to the groin by Caceres and Figueroa crumbles to the mat and is writhing on the ground. Right hand by Figueroa after he recovers from the groin shot. Figueroa can't quite figure out the distance here and eats a counterpunch when he tried to kick. High kick by Caceres just misses. Huge head kick by Figueroa drops Caceres. He tries to finish him off but can't land hard enough to finish. Figueroa lets him stand up and tees off again. Caceres pushing him into the cage trying to get his legs back. Caceres looking to go to the ground and he takes the back of Figueroa. Caceres keeps working for neck cranks/rear naked chokes. 10-9 Figueroa for coming closer to the finish with the head kick.
Round 2 - Kick to the face by Caceres is just short. Figueroa is trying to land a bomb and he does get in with a wild right. Shot to the groin but Herb dean says it was fine. Head kick by Caceres lands and Figueroa is stung by that. Figueroa tries to rush Caceres. Another huge shot to the groin by Caceres. Caceres is deducted two points for the low blows. Caceres is getting popped a bit as the fight restarts and he looks miserable. Caceres takes him down and locks in a body triangle from the back. Figueroa is just trying to survive here. Figueroa standing over Caceres now after getting out. 9-8 round for Figueroa as he lost the round but Caceres lost two points.
Round 3 - Figueroa trying to walk forward but he looks all messed up still. Not a lot happening until a Superman punch by Caceres. Jab by Caceres now. Figureoa slips throwing a kick and Caceres takes his back. Caceres has his back standing now. Figueroa tries to drop down and roll but is too slow so Caceres has his back. Figueroa ended up on top for a bit, looked for a kneebar but had his back taken. 10-9 Caceres and I have it 29-27 for Figueroa.
Official Scorecards: 28-27 Figueroa, 28-27 Caceres, 28-27 Figueroa. Figueroa wins by split decision.
Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway - Round 1 - holloway misses a front kick and Poirier with a hard leg kick. Poirier with a nice punch and leg kick. Leg kick again and a right hand but now Holloway comes back with a few nice punches. They're exchanging some nice strikes and Poirier looks for the takedown but can't get it. Holloway is defending these takedown attempts well but finally Poirier is able to just power through the double and passes right into mount. Elbow by Poirier. Holloway gets tagged trying to escape. Poirier takes an arm then ends up transitioning to a triangle, now a mounted triangle and now adds an armbar to it and Holloway has to tap out. Dustin Poirier wins by submission (mounted triangle armbar), 3:23 of round 1.