MMA veterans Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit put on an entertaining performance at UFC 143, with the promotion’s interim welterweight title up for grabs. Condit proved to be the better MMA fighter, using his footwork and counterstrikes to edge out the unanimous decision.
Some UFC fans were expecting to see a brawl, but Condit didn’t fall for the trap, sticking to his game plan throughout the fight and ignoring Diaz’ taunts.
“He was talking. I was landing punches,” Condit said after the fight. “I think I was winning. No matter how much he talked, I was hitting hard and I was hitting him solid. That’s what I came here to do. I didn’t come here to talk.”
Diaz was visibly upset when the decision was announced, and many MMA fans seem to share his feelings. Diaz announced his retirement from the sport immediately after the fight, but there’s a solid chance he’ll change his mind once he cools off. I personally felt the judges got it right, given how effective Condit was with his strikes.
Carlos came out with the better game plan, and he didn’t let his emotions get the best of him. Unlike Condit, Diaz didn’t have much of game plan at UFC 143, predictably coming forward and bombarding his opponent with combinations.
Coming into the fight, it was pretty obvious to most MMA fans that Diaz had a distinct advantage on the ground, yet the Stockton native didn’t take Condit down until the very last round. When Diaz eventually took the fight to the ground, he threatened Condit with a few submissions and almost stole the fight.
Given how proficient Diaz is one the ground, it’s pretty obvious he should have gone for a lot more takedowns at UFC 143. Without a doubt, if Diaz’ had decided to take the fight down early on, the outcome of the fight would have been different.
Even with the loss, Diaz is still one of the top welterweights in the UFC, and he’ll be a lot more dangerous if he spends more time strategizing before his fights.