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Sunday, February 5, 2012

UFC 143 results

WINNERS
fight that Carlos Condit fought on Saturday was the best thing he could have done. While Diaz fans will say that he ran, this was nothing of the sort. Condit refused to stand and brawl, and he refused to be bullied into a clinch against the cage. Condit didn't flee across the cage, he circled away from from being backed into the various octagon walls.
And as he circled, he landed strikes. When Diaz realized that was happening, he tried taunting, and Condit refused to fall for it and make costly mistakes. He fought a very smart, calculated fight and still fought to a decision that can be debated to an extent. If they fought again on Sunday, you'd see scores of people picking Diaz, because that's how good he is.
UndercardDustin Poirier def. Max Holloway via submission (triangle/armbar) (live blog)
Edwin Figueroa def. Alex Caceres via split decision (live blog)
Matt Brown def. Chris Cope via second-round TKO (live blog)
Matt Riddle def. Henry Martinez via split decision (live blog)
Rafael Natal def. Michael Kuiper via unanimous decision (live blog)
Stephen Thompson def. Dan Stittgen via first-round KO (live blog)

Carlos Condit: Throughout the entire week, the media were discounting Condit's ability to play spoiler for the potential matchup between Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz. While it may not be the fight that people expected, Condit fought a perfect fight and walked away with not just the win but also a sweet Harley Davidson motorcycle. Not a bad way to spend Super Bowl weekend, huh?
Fabricio Werdum: He looked incredibly dominant in every facet of the fight, especially in the clinch. Lesser men would have crumbled to those knees to the face so the lack of a finish cannot be held against the two time Abu Dhabi champion. He's likely a win or two away from a shot at the UFC heavyweight belt.
Dustin Poirier: Dustin 'Diamond' was originally scheduled to face Eric Koch in a title eliminator. Unfortunately, the Duke Roufus product suffered an injury and was replaced by Max Holloway. While the fight may not have earned him a shot at Jose Aldo's belt, Poirier walked away with a $65k bonus which will ease that pain.
Ed Herman: There's something to say about a complete career rebirth. After a slew of injuries that kept him sidelined, Herman is now on a three fight win streak and a new found look on MMA.
Stephen Thompson: The highlight reel knockout over Dan Stittgen is a great way to make a UFC debut. The fact that he's such a highly touted prospect will mean that the UFC will develop him slowly as he has a bright future in the promotion. A fantastic performance from a young fighter.

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