Carlos Condit defeats Nick Diaz in a fast paced 5 round fight, by decision, to become the new interim welterweight champion.
Fabricio Werdum takes out Roy Nelson by way of unanimous decision. (Fight of the Night)
Josh Koshcheck squeaks out a win over Mike Pierce in a split decision
Renan Barao wins over Scott Jorgensen in a unanimous decision
Ed Herman chokes out Clifford Starks via rear-naked choke
Dustin Poirier submits Max Holloway with an impressive full mount triangle/armbar combination (Submission of the Night)
Edwin Figueroa edges out Alex Caceres by a split decision
Matt Brown TKO’d Chris Cope in the second round
Matt Riddle defeats Henry Martinez in a somewhat contraversial split decision
Rafael Natal get the win over Michael Kuiper by unanimous decision
Stephen Thompson knocks out Dan Stittgen in the first round (Knockout of the Night)
That sums it up for UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Be sure to tune into UFC on Fuel TV this Wednesday 2/15/2012 at Omaha Civic Auditorium Arena in Omaha, NE
Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his loss to Carlos Condit in their UFC 143 bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It appears that the Nevada State Athletic Commission did not find that any other fighter, fighting in UFC 143, tested positive for any other illegal drugs.
This appears to be Nick Diaz’s second violation of marijuana use following a matchup. The first such incident came in 2007, at Strikeforce, when Nick Diaz tested positive following a submission victory over Takanori Gomi. Following the discovery of illegal usage, the first time at Strikeforce, Diaz’s win was changed to a no-contest and the fighter was suspended for six months. For the results of the test following his loss against Carlos Condit the fighter has already had a complaint filed against him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Should fighters have such strict penalties implemented against them after testing positive for marijuana use? Being an MMA fighter for such a large organization as the UFC is a job like none other, but it is a job none the less. If a fighter knows that they will be tested for drugs following a performance it is then that fighters responsibility to abide by those rules. However, for a drug that has no proven athletic enhancing abilities, in fact quite the opposite could be argued, should fighters be subject to losing their victory and suspended for such a long duration? Fighters facing fines or criminal prosecution for breaking the laws and regulations, implaced by the NSAC, should have some accountability, but are we saying that a fighter who tests positive for marijuana has an edge over his opponent who doesn’t? Are the penalties in place by the NSAC sufficient when it comes to drug testing, or should there be some revision done by the commission?
UFC 143 is set to air, this Saturday February 4th, 2012 @ 10pm est, and the main event has many mma fans waiting with much anticipation. The event will begin on Facebook, then move to FX and finally it will wrap up on Pay-Per-View.
Rafael Natal (13-3-1) vs Michael Kuiper (11-0-0)
Dan Stittgen (7-1-0) vs Stephen Thompson (5-0-0)
Dustin Poirier (11-1-0) vs Max Holloway (4-0-0)
Alex Caceres (6-4-0) vs Edwin Figueroa (8-1-0)
Matt Brown (14-11-0) vs Chris Cope (5-3-0)
Matthew Riddle (5-3-0) vs Henry Martinez (8-1-0)
Ed Herman (19-7-0) vs Clifford Starks (8-0-0)
Renan Barao (29-1-0) vs Scott Jorgensen (13-4-0)
Josh Koscheck (18-5-0) vs Mike Pierce (13-4-0)
Roy Nelson (17-6-0) vs Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1)
Nick Diaz (27-7-1) vs Carlos Condit (27-5-0)
Diaz and Condit will fight for the interim welterweight title, as GSP is currently rehabilitating an injury.
It looks as though things are starting back up for the UFC Welterweight champion, Georges ‘Rush’ St Pierre (22-2-0), where he recently posted a video to youtube stating that he’s looking forward to UFC 143 where Nick Diaz (26-7-0) will meet Carlos Condit (27-5-0) for the interim welterweight championship. The winner of Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit will ultimately have to validate the title by facing off against GSP when he’s received the go ahead from his doctors.
It seems as though most fight fans are writing Carlos Condit off, as though he is just waiting to become a Nick Diaz highlight reel. Nick Diaz has become a household name for many fight fans, but the fact is that Carlos Condit is a very game opponent for anyone in the welterweight division. For fight fans not entirely familiar with Carlos Condit we have secured a short video of some of his fight footage, all rights belong to the UFC and ZUFFA for the following footage shown.
It appears that the welterweight champ, Georges St Pierre (22-2), will be sidelined for the next 10 months following a new injury, obtained training for Nick Diaz (26-7), that caused serious knee problems.
Apparently the surgery went as well as could be expected but the injury is so severe that it will take that amount of time to fully rehabilitate the injury, according to Georges’ facebook page:
It’s been a month since my surgery and very happy with results- really amazing what the body is capable of. On deck for physio: manual therapy for patellar and scar tissue mobilization, ice, ultrasound, compression, quad sets, straight leg raises, isometric quad and hamstring exercises, increased ROM and stationary cycling…I’d love to hear any tips you might have that could help me!
Until Georges is fight ready, the world of MMA will soldier on and the belt will go up for an interim title holder. Taking the champs place will Carlos Condit (27-5) against Nick Diaz.
We here at the MMA Beatdown wish Georges St. Pierre a speedy recovery, and we will be looking very forward to your return to the octagon.