UFC 143 Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit Betting Odds
On December 7th, 2011 Dana White announced that Welterweight Champion George St-Pierre was forced to withdraw from his main event title fight with Nick Diaz as the result of an ACL injury. With St-Pierre unable to compete, UFC 143 will bring a changing of the guard in the Welterweight division, at least for the foreseeable future… We have the latest live UFC Betting Odds and when they are released we list the latest Betting Odds for Fight, KO and Submission of the Night (UFC Prop Betting Odds). (select the Preview Tab to continue reading and view the video)
This is not the first time the UFC has crowned an interim-Welterweight champion; in fact St-Pierre’s current title run began when he himself won the interim-170lbs title in a series of events eerily similar to scenario the division currently finds itself in.
- UFC 69: underdog Matt Serra shocks the world by defeating Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.
- UFC 79: with newly crowned champion Matt Serra injured, Georges St-Pierre steps in and defeats Matt Hughes to capture the Interim-Welterweight Championship.
- UFC 83: St-Pierre recaptures the 170lbs title via TKO when he defeats Matt Serra in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec.
Since April 2008, the French-Canadian has dominated the UFC welterweight division with six successful title defences. On February 4th, 2012 a new name will move to the top of the Welterweight ranks as former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz battles former WEC Champion Carlos Condit for the UFC interim-Welterweight Championship.
Many people are already projecting this Welterweight clash as a Fight of the Year Candidate. Despite a stacked division, these two competitors are easily the most deserving challengers having combined for record 27-2-1 over their last 30 fights.
In their last trips to the Octagon, Diaz made a triumphant return to the UFC with a dominant performance against former Champion BJ Penn, while Carlos Condit stopped Dong Hyun Kim in the first round with a perfectly timed flying knee. Each man is a proven finisher with incredible cardio and heart and neither will be denied their spot at the top of the division. Whether this fight goes one minute or 5 rounds it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
UFC 143 Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz – MMA Predictions Video
In the co-main event Roy Nelson welcomes Fabricio Werdum back to the UFC Heavyweight Division. Nelson is fresh off a win over Pride Legend Mirko Cro Cop while Werdum is only one fight removed from his upset of the year submission victory over another Pride legend in Fedor Emelianenko. With the talent in UFC Heavyweight roster at an all-time high this is a huge fight for both men as they look to remain in the hunt for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
The rest of the main card will feature former Welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck taking on rising contender Mike Pierce, a Bantamweight title eliminator bout between Scott Jorgensen and Brazilian Renan Barao, and middleweights Ed Herman and Clifford Starks getting the main card started.
The preliminary card line-up is headlined by the return of top ranked Featherweight Dustin Poirier, a Bantamweight bout between Edwin Figueroa and Alex Caceres, and a matchup between Ultimate Fighter Alumni Matt Brown and Chris Cope.
Along with determining potential future title challengers in the Heavyweight, Featherweight, and Bantamweight divisions, UFC 143 will lay the ground work for one of the biggest fights in MMA history. With GSP eyeing a return in late 2012, one of either Nick Diaz or Carlos Condit will earn the right to attempt to unseed arguably one of the most dominant champions in the promotions history. This is one event that should not be missed and make sure to check out all of your UFC 143 predictions on the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions.