UFC 143 Diaz vs. Condit: Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Staff Picks & Preview
Compiled by Josh Nason
The sixth straight week of Zuffa events concludes with UFC 143 from Las Vegas, NV, where a new (interim!) welterweight champion will be crowned at what is a dark horse candidate for best event of 2012. From top to bottom, there are a lot of interesting fights, five of which we're talking about here.
Here's our panel with Bryan Alvarez making his "triumphant" return:- Dave Meltzer (15-4):
Wrestling Observer founder & writer- Todd Martin (13-6):
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| Sherdog- Mike Sempervive (15-4): Wrestling Observer Live
| Big Audio Nightmare
- Oliver Copp (15-4) & Mike Sawyer (14-5)
of Tough Talk
: Show- Josh Nason (10-9): FFD guest
| FIGHT! Magazine
| WGAM MMA Show
| Bloody Elbow- Bryan Alvarez (0-0):
Figure Four Online founder & writer | BJJ ace
*****Interim Welterweight Championship: Nick Diaz (26-7-0-1) vs. Carlos Condit (27-5)
If you need to know more about this fight, watch any of the videos
or any of UFC Primetime. Diaz looks to extend an 11-fight win streak and earn his first UFC title while Condit has won four in a row and is also looking for his first UFC gold. It's the Strikeforce 170-pound champ vs. the final WEC 170-pound champ. Who ya got?Diaz:
Meltzer, Nason, Alvarez
, Sawyer, Sempervive, Copp, Martin
Well, that was easy.Roy "Tough Talk MVP" Nelson (16-6) vs. Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1)
After losses to Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir, Dana White threw a challenge to Nelson to get in shape and he has. He last TKO'd Mirko Cro Cop in October and has won all three of his UFC fights by T/KO. Werdum returns to the UFC after a three-plus year layoff and a 3-1 run in Strikeforce. While he made headlines by finishing Fedor Emelianenko, he lost a blah fight against Alistair Overeem last June. He's only been finished once.Nelson:
Meltzer, Alvarez, Sawyer, Sempervive, MartinWerdum:
Nason, CoppJosh Koscheck (16-5) vs. Mike Pierce (13-4)
After knocking out Matt Hughes last September in his first action since getting his orbital bone busted at the hands of GSP, the 34-year-old Koscheck returns against the relatively unknown Pierce. The 31-year-old is coming off a November split decision win over Paul Bradley and is 5-2 in his UFC career. He's never been finished, while Koscheck has finished in four of his last five wins.Kos:
Meltzer, Nason, Alvarez, Sawyer, Sempervive
, Copp, MartinRenan Barao (27-1-0-1) vs. Scott Jorgensen (13-4)
Barao has one of the longest undefeated streaks in combat sports at 28 straight with 17 straight wins. A WEC transplant, the 25-year-old is 4-0 in his Zuffa career and last submitted Brad Pickett at November's UFC 138. With a win here, he arguably puts himself in line to fight the winner of 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber.
The 29-year-old Jorgensen went 7-3 in the WEC, losing a unanimous decision to champ Cruz at the promotion's final show. He's 2-0 in the UFC with a KO win over Ken Stone and a unanimous decision win over Jeff Curran in October and could also be a win or two away from another title shot.Barao: Nason
, Meltzer, Alvarez, Sawyer,
SemperviveEd Herman (19-7) vs. Clifford Starks (8-0)
TUF 3 alum Herman looks to continue his resurgence after a near two-year layoff with his third straight victory. He's coming off first round finishes over Tim Credeur and Kyle Noke and will face the undefeated Starks, who won a forgettable decision over Dustin Jacoby in his October UFC debut. Side note: Herman was on my WGAM MMA Show
Nason, Meltzer, Alvarez, Sawyer, Copp, MartinStarks:
Facebook at 7 PM EST with two fights, FX with another four fights at 8 PM EST and the PPV kicking off at 10 PM EST -- all covered mightily by Dave on the new-look Observer with an audio recap for subscribers in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
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