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UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit

  • Dustin Poirier submits Max Holloway during the first round of their fight at UFC 143 Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    Young standouts Dustin Poirier, Renan Barao move closer to title shots at UFC 143

    February 5, 2012

    If developing new stars for the two weight classes the UFC added a year ago remains a priority, the promotion may have taken two giant steps forward Saturday night at UFC 143. Two fighters under the age of 25 confirmed their places among the top five in the world in their respective weight classes at the Mandalay Bay Events Center’s annual Super Bowl weekend card.

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    UFC 143 Werdum vs. Nelson

  • Carlos Condit hits Nick Diaz with a right during their interim welterweight championship bout Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Condit won a unanimous decision and will likely face Georges St. Pierre in November.

    UFC 143 blog: Carlos Condit wins close decision over Nick Diaz

    February 4, 2012

    The judges sided with Carlos Condit. In a main event that will be long-debated in the mixed martial arts world, Condit eked out a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) over Nick Diaz at UFC 143. As many as four of the five rounds in the interim welterweight championship bout had no clear victor.

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    UFC 143 Weigh In

  • Nick Diaz flexes after making weight during the weigh in for UFC 143 Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at Mandalay Bay.

    UFC 143 weigh-in: Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit keep their cool

    February 3, 2012

    For the first time in recent memory, a weigh-in featuring Nick Diaz passed without incident. Diaz and opponent Carlos Condit both came in at 169 pounds at the Mandalay Events Center before Saturday’s interim welterweight championship bout at UFC 143. Diaz and Condit stayed far apart while posing for their stare down photo.

  • Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce face off during a news conference in advance of UFC 143 Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at Mandalay Bay.

    Tension brewing between Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce

    February 3, 2012

    Josh Koscheck had never heard of Mike Pierce. The veteran welterweight said he had to look up Pierce’s name when offered a fight against him on Saturday’s UFC 143 pay-per-view card a couple months ago. “He’s lying,” Pierce said of Koscheck’s claim. “I fought his teammate like two years ago. Either he’s lying or he’s dumb, one of the two.”

  • Bantamweight fighter Renan Barao lands a kick to the body of Cole Escovedo at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in a preliminary bout at UFC 130. Barao won by unanimous decision.

    Renan Barao among the UFC’s most promising up-and-coming fighters

    February 3, 2012

    Asked last week which fighters he saw as future challengers to his belt, the first name out of UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s mouth was Renan Barao. UFC President Dana White has also taken a liking to the 25-year old Brazilian. White has raved about Barao ever since he knocked down Brad Pickett with a flying knee and submitted the veteran with a rear-naked choke in the first round of the UFC 138 co-main event four months ago. Barao has everyone’s attention in mixed martial arts.

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    UFC 143 Workouts

  • Nick Diaz spars during open workouts for UFC 143 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

    Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit promise a war at UFC 143

    February 1, 2012

    The posters lining the Mandalay Bay hallways to promote the annual UFC Super Bowl weekend card usually feature as many as six fighters to highlight three different bouts. Heading into UFC 143, the only faces gracing the advertisements belong to Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. Other worthwhile fights will take place Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, but none have close to the anticipation of the main event for the interim welterweight title.

  • Carlos Condit wraps his hands during open workouts for UFC 143 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

    UFC 143 breakdown, betting odds and picks

    February 2, 2012

    The cycle repeats for another week. The betting line for the UFC 143 main event and its movement is eerily reminiscent of what happened before last week’s UFC on FOX card. The interim welterweight championship bout between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit opened as a pick’em months ago in sports books.

  • With lineup taking shape, UFC 143 tickets on sale this week

    December 14, 2011

    Tickets for UFC 143, which is slated for Feb. 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, go on sale this week. Members of the promotion’s Fight Club can purchase tickets Wednesday, while anyone registered for the UFC.com newsletter can buy them Thursday. Sales to the general public begin at 10 Friday through Ticketmaster.

  • Georges St. Pierre smiles during a news conference to announce the card for UFC 137, including his fight against Nick Diaz, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Diaz was pulled from the fight and replaced with Carlos Condit due to multiple failed media appearances, missed company flights and general disappearance.

    Knee injury takes Georges St. Pierre off of UFC 143 in Las Vegas

    December 7, 2011

    An injury has forced UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre out of another bout. UFC President Dana White announced through his twitter account Wednesday morning that St. Pierre tore his ACL and would miss his scheduled UFC 143 championship defense against Nick Diaz. Carlos Condit (25-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Diaz (26-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) will now headline Las Vegas’ annual Super Bowl weekend card.