One of the most anticipated UFC fights in recent months took place this past Saturday night when Nick Diaz took on “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit.
The bout was contested as a five-round interim welterweight title fight, showcasing some world-class mixed martial arts action. But the fight wasn’t without controversy, so now the rematch is on!
Nick Diaz, a former Strikeforce, WEC, and IFC champion was on an 11-fight win streak coming into this fight, six by TKO and three by submission. Carlos Condit, the final WEC champion, won his last three fights via TKO, with two “knockout of the night” and one “fight of the night” honors. The matchup seemed perfect between the two welterweights to determine the interim champion for the injured Georges St-Pierre.
Late Tuesday, UFC President Dana White confirmed via Twitter that Condit had agreed to a rematch, with details being worked out this coming Friday. Recent reports indicate GSP would not be ready to compete against Condit until later this year, leaving plenty of time to schedule the rematch. He is slated to finish rehabilitation on a torn ACL in June, and could potentially return in the later part of 2012.
During their first contest, Condit landed 151 significant strikes, with a total 159 strikes. Diaz on the other hand was more aggressive throughout, while landing only 105 significant strikes, with a total of 117 strikes, and one successful takedown. In his previous appearance at UFC 137, Diaz landed over 200 significant strikes on BJ Penn.
When the results were announced, the judges had it scored 49-46, 49-46, and 48-47 in favour of Condit by unanimous decision. Diaz was obviously not impressed, much like a large portion of the Vegas crowd who booed the newly crowned champ. In the post fight interview Condit mentioned he found his flow in the later rounds and that movement was a key to the victory. Diaz said he was not going to take this as a loss, indicating his views on who dictated the pace of the fight.
“I landed the harder shots. He ran the whole time and kicked me in my leg with little baby leg kicks the whole fight,” stated Diaz. “That’s the way they understand to win in here, I don’t want to play this game no more.” Following this, the Stockton native announced his “retirement” from competition, saying he would still help out his teammates like brother Nate Diaz.