Here are the results of the UFC 143 fight card held on Feb. 4, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Carlos Condit defeats Nick Diaz
Condit stuck to his game plan at UFC 143, ignoring Diaz’ antics and mixing up his attacks. Diaz was the more aggressive fighter during the fight, but Carlos landed the more damaging strikes, impressing the judges and walking away with the unanimous decision. After the decision, Diaz announced his retirement.
Fabricio Werdum defeats Roy Nelson
Werdum looked good in his first fight back with the UFC, inflicting some serious damage on Nelson in the first round. To his credit, Nelson showed a lot of heart against Werdum, but he never fully recovered from the brutal knees he received in the first round. All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Werdum.
Josh Koscheck defeats Mike Pierce
Pierce held his own against Koscheck, giving the former number one contender a tougher test than many anticipated. Koscheck regrouped in the later rounds, scoring points with a couple of takedowns and landing a few decent right hands. One Octagon-side judge scored the fight 29-28 for Pierce, while the remaining two gave Koscheck the nod.
Renan Pegado defeats Scott Jorgensen
Pegado displayed some pretty impressive takedown defense at UFC 143, stuffing all of Jorgensen’s takedown attempts (Scott pulled guard once). Unable to take Pegado to the ground, Jorgensen was forced to stand and trade. Renan was clearly the better striker, and he had no problems cruising to the unanimous decision.
Ed Herman defeats Clifford Starks
Starks did better than many MMA fans expected, pinning Herman against the cage and slowing down the “Ultimate Fighter” season three finalist’s offense. Herman eventually took the fight to the ground, but Starks switched things around, gaining top position and doing a little work. Starks went back to the clinch in the second round, but Herman secured a trip, quickly moving to Clifford’s back and securing the rear-naked choke.
Dustin Poirier defeats Max Holloway (triangle-armbar combo, round one)
Edwin Figueroa defeats Alex Caceres (split decision)
Matt Brown defeats Chris Cope (TKO, round two)
Matt Riddle defeats Henry Martinez (split decision)
Rafael Natal defeats Michael Kuiper (unanimous decision)
Stephen Thompson defeats Daniel Stittgen (KO, round one)