UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit Poster by Anton Tabuena
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 PPV main card.
The evening's main event sees Carlos Condit take on Nick Diaz for the interim welterweight title. Heavyweights Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum square off in the evening's main event. Former title contender Josh Koscheck returns to the Octagon to face Mike Pierce. Rounding out the main card action is a bantamweight bout between Renan Barao and Scott Jorgensen and a middleweight showdown between Ed Herman and Clifford Starks.
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Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks - Round 1 - Herman landing some straight shots and Starks lands an uppercut that hurt Herman. Another shot and Herman is getting tagged a bit here. Starks has Herman pushed into the cage now. Not a lot happening here aside from small punches and knees to the body and they finally break. Starks with a straight right and a jab. Nice overhand right by Starks goes right over a punch from Herman. Now Herman lands a left hand. Now it's a clinch battle against the cage but Herman lands a few knees to the head and a few nice uppercuts. Herman still landing a bit here and now he gets a takedown with a little over a minute left in the round. Elbows by Herman. Starks manages to sweep and does little before the round ends. 10-9 Starks for me as he landed the better punches.
Round 2 - Herman slips to the mat after a kick but Starks wants him back up after his corner told him to try to box here. Herman with a takedown into side control and as Starks tries to get up, Herman takes the back and Herman is working for the rear naked choke and he locks it up and that's it. Ed Herman wins by submission (rear naked choke), 1:43 of round 2.
Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen - Round 1 - Jorgensen moving around a bit here to start and they both flick some strikes at each other without really landing. Nice left by Barao gets in and some leg kicks follow. Hard leg kick by Jorgensen and Barao jabs him in return. Spinning back kick to the body by Barao, he tries to throw a flying knee and Jorgensen tries for the takedown but Barao is able to keep it standing. Hard jab by Barao. Barao just misses on the hook. Barao's jab is very nice. Jorgensen having a bit of trouble getting his punches in but does get a nice left hand in. Barao with a hard leg kick. Barao keeps working those leg kicks. Jorgensen clinches him and Barao spins him against the cage. Spinning kick to the head hits for Barao but just missed landing at full power. Nice two punch combo by Barao. 10-9 Barao.
Round 2 - Barao landing the jab and then a nice uppercut. Jorgensen is trying to work the jab also but he's got less length so it's not working as well as Renan's. Jorgensen keeps trying to work the jab and Barao with a nice right hand. The 1-2 combo for Barao landed three straight times. Barao ends up on top on the ground now as Jorgensen pulls guard and Jorgensen looks like he wants to attack the arm. Barao just sitting in Jorgensen's guard trying to figure out an attack strategy. Barao almost takes Jorgensen's back as he escapes to standing but can't quite get there. Body shot by Jorgensen lands. Jorgensen getting in with his punches a bit as he's forcing Barao to backpeddal. Both men land hard right hands. 1-2 combo again. Leg kick by Barao. Jab by Jorgensen. Push kick by Barao. 10-9 Barao round.
Round 3 - Leg kick by Barao. Jorgensen misses with a right hand. Jorgensen's corner is imploring him to pour it on. They exchange big shots now and Jorgensen is finding it a little bit. Left hand by Barao gets in. A bit less going on this round as both men are a bit worn down. Barao is just throwing arm punches now. Jorgensen with a nice little combination. Barao with a nice little flurry and a hard leg kick. Another big leg kick. They jab down the stretch. 10-9 Barao.
Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Renan Barao wins by unanimous decision.
Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce - Round 1 - Pierce right away going for the takedown and Koscheck defending against it. Pierce really just pushing into Koscheck against the cage here. Koscheck with a body shot and he tries to get away but Pierce sticking to him against the cage. Koscheck can not get away here but finally lands a punch but Pierce lands in return and they're back to distance. Pierce clinches up with him again. Koscheck now pushes Pierce into the cage. The crowd boos and Piece complains his shorts are being held. Right hand by Koscheck, Pierce with a right hand, now Pierce ands hard again and Koscheck looked hurt. But now Koscheck lands hard in return. Hard jab by Pierce. Pierce jumps in and gets hit with a left. Koscheck with a right hand and now Pierce is looking for the takedown. 10-9 Pierce I think.
Round 2 - Pierce quickly grabs a leg and drives Koscheck into the cage but can't get the takedown. Koscheck spins him around. Pierce with an uppercut and right hand. Koscheck fires back but Pierce lands the jab again. Koscheck just missing with the right hands. Pierce is bleeding badly from somewhere on his scalp. Knee by Koscheck just barely misses. Pierce tries for the takedown again and can't get it. Pierce is just sticking to him here. Pierce with some short right hands and Koscheck throws a nice elbow. Koscheck gets a warning for pushing an open hand into Pierce's face. Koscheck winging his right hand but not scoring with it so he finally drives through a takedown and gets it. Herb Dean is yelling at Koscheck to work after only seconds so he tries to jump forward and Pierce is able to stand up. Close round, I'll go 10-9 Koscheck.
Round 3 - Koscheck lands the right hand. Pierce scored a takedown but they're back up and Koscheck with an elbow. Trading strikes and an uppercut and right hand by Koscheck. Knee to the body by Pierce and Koscheck lands an uppercut. Left hand lands for Pierce. Koscheck pushing for a takedown and Pierce is defending well. And there's an eye poke by Koscheck after he got the warning and Herb Dean HAS to take a point here, right? Well, he doesn't and they continue after he lets Pierce recover a bit. Koscheck keeps throwing the hook and now digs to the body. Koscheck with a big double leg, Pierce stands up and lands an elbow and the fight is over. 10-9 Koscheck in my book gives him a 29-28 win but could go either way in reality.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 Pierce, 29-28 Koscheck, 29-28 Koscheck. Josh Koscheck wins by split decision.
Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum - Round 1 - Werdum has Nelson's back incredibly quickly and takes it to the mat. Nelson is able to get to his feet. Werdum with some knees. Nelson working an uppercut while Werdum has him in the plum. Knees to the body and now the head by Werdum. Nelson turns Werdum now and is landing some left hands. Werdum working the knees again but now Nelson is grabbing a body lock and just holding it. Nelson is bleeding very badly from somewhere around his nose. They break and time is called to check the cut on Nelson. Doctor immediately says he is fine and they continue. Leg kick by Werdum and another knee. Leg kick by Werdum now. Right hand by Werdum and another leg kick. Nelson catches a kick from Werdum and takes him down. Nelson follows him and almost gets armbarred but pops out. 10-98 round for Werdum and Nelson looks gassed already.
Round 2 - Leg kick by Werdum. Big knee to the body by Werdum and Nelson falls briefly. Leg kick by Nelson. Huge leg kick by Werdum now. Werdum really trying to pour it on but Nelson flails some punches to back him off. A few punches land for Nelson but another big knee to the body by Werdum. Leg kick by Werdum. Werdum with a hard leg kick and Nelson misses a punch. Head kick by Werdum, Nelson with a hook. Front kick by Werdum. Things are slowing down a bit. Leg kick by Werdum and Nelson misses with a right hand. Body kick by Werdum. Right hand and a knee by Werdum. Nelson lands a big left and Werdum has to move away for a second. Few punches by Nelson. And that's it for that round. 10-9 Werdum.
Round 3 - Nelson with a standing guillotine attempt early in the round. It's pretty deep and Nelson is really going for it but his arms weren't going to cooperate. Werdume with a nice flurry of strikes, punctuated with a knee to the chin. Big right hand and a knee by Werdum. Werdum jabbing now. Big front kick to the face and Nelson walks forward. Leg kick by Werdum. Werdum just worked Nelson over in this fight. 10-9 Werdum.
Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Fabricio Werdum wins by unanimous decision.
Vacant UFC Welterweight Title Fight: Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit - Round 1 - So excited for this one to get going. Leg kick by Condit right away and Diaz is moving forward. Another leg kick by Condit, and another. Condit trying to keep from getting pinned to the cage. Leg kick by Condit, knee and he spins away from Diaz having pushed him into the cage. Another leg kick by Condit, that seems to be the gameplan. Diaz lands a left for his first solid shot of the fight. And another Condit leg kick. Nice body shot by Diaz and a right hand. They trade punches. Nice kick by Condit to the head. Head kick by Diaz is blocked. Leg kick by Condit and a punch by Diaz. Condit checks a leg kick and digs a punch to the body. Condit back to the leg kick. And again. And again. Diaz with a leg kick and a jab. Spinning backfist by Condit just misses. Diaz is starting to talk and misses a few punches. Left hand by condit. Spinning elbow by Condit misses. Diaz with a right hand against the cage. Great body shot by Diaz, Condit with a leg kick. Diaz closing distance a bit but Condit circles away. Jab by Condit. Body shot by Diaz. Condit with a few glancing punches. 10-9 round for Condit.
Round 2 - Head kick is blocked by Diaz. Leg kick by Condit. Condit misses a flying knee and a spinning backfist. Diaz with a left hand. Spinning backfist lands for Condit and Diaz tries to push him into the cage. Condit with a leg kick. Leg kick by Condit as Diaz taunts. Leg kick again. Condit refusing to play into the taunting and sticking to the leg kicks. Leg kick again. Two punches by Condit. Body kick by Condit. Nice right hand by Diaz and another on the end of a combination. Right hand by Condit. Leg kick and a left hand by Condit. Nice body shot by Diaz and goes to the head. Condit kicking to the leg and body. Diaz digs with a body shot. Condit throws one in return. Another hard leg kick by Condit. Diaz flurries to the body now and lands solid. Diaz checks a leg kick. Condit with a very nice punch to the body. Diaz tries to clinch him but Condit gets outside. Condit misses the spinning backfist and lands a push kick to the body. 10-9 Condit again. But very close.
Round 3 - Hard leg kick by Condit on the end of a combination. Condit with a body shot. Head kick by Condit, Diaz lands a left. Diaz with a punch to the body now. Body kick by Condit. Nice combination by Diaz. That was very nice. Condit lands in return and spins off the fence. Condit with a nice right hand. Condit throws the head kick and Diaz blocks it. Leg kick lands for Carlos though. Condit blocks Diaz's head kick, Diaz with a punch, Condit digs to the body and gets off the cage again. Both men just miss with right hands. Head kick by Diaz just misses. Very hard leg kick by Condit. Hard leg kick again by Condit. Hard body kick now. Nice body shot by Diaz but Condit gets off the fence. Another leg kick. Nice combo by Condit. Condit is getting loose. Hard leg kick, Diaz with a nice punch and another big left. Flying knee from Condit just misses. Body shot and a right elbow by Condit. Another elbow. Condit slips after a kick at the end of the round. I've got condit up 30-27 now.
Round 4 - Back to Condit using movement to get off the cage, landing kicks and avoiding Diaz's shots. Big right by Condit. Leg kick again. Head kick by Condit is blocked. Condit lands a jab and avoids being pinned again. Front kick by Condit. Condit just keeps working those leg kicks and sliding off the cage. Body kick by Condit. Leg kick again. Body shot, leg kick by Condit. Now a left hook lands for Condit. Great flurry by Condit and finishes it with a head kick. Leg kick now. Diaz grabs a leg and looks for a takedown but can't get it. Diaz is looking a bit more lost this round. 10-9 Condit.
Round 5 - Condit back to moving. Right hand, left hook by Condit. Leg kick by Condit and a kick to the body. Condit misses the spinning backfist again. Body kick by Diaz. Leg kick by Diaz. Head kicks by Diaz are either blocked or miss. Condit misses the leg kick. Right hand by Condit misses. Diaz with a nice right that gets in. Spinning backfist misses again. Left to the body by Diaz. Diaz keeps throwing those head kicks. Leg kick by Condit actually buckles Diaz's legs. Hard punch by Condit and a head kick. Diaz clinches him and is looking for the takedown but Condit gets out. Right han by Condit. Left hand by Diaz but Condit lands a knee and a left hand. Nice two punch combo by Condit. Diaz with a three punch combo. Diaz takes his back standing, drags him to the ground with over a minute left. Condit defending here. Condit deending against the choke. Diaz still on his back. The fight ends and they hug. 10-9 Diaz makes it 49-46 Condit on my card.
Official Scorecards: 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46 all for the winner and new UFC interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit.