(2/4/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Dustin Poirier - 93.3
2. Alex Caceres - 92.4
3. Renan Barao - 92.3
4. Stephen Thompson - 92.0
5. Rafael Natal - 92.0
6. Matt Brown - 91.4
7. Fabricio Werdum - 91.3
8. Michael Kuiper - 91.2
9. Matt Riddle - 90.4
10. Ed Herman - 90.1
UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa
90.9
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.5
88.3
KO
(Head Kick)
4:13
     I wasn't really into this fight at all, it was slow paced, sparring style strikes going on, and nothing was happening, etc... UNTIL! Thompson landed a HUGE super fast right kick to the head, which knocked Stittgen 100% unconscious immediately. Insane ending to an otherwise boring fight.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      This was a really good scrap. When they were standing, I thought Kuiper had the advantage, he was showing some great technique, moving around perfectly, throwing nice punches, etc... And in the third round, he even got Natal on the ground, and beat him up for a while. For the most part though, this fight had Natal taking Kuiper down CONSTANTLY, and controlling him really well on the ground, and the fight actually ended with Kuiper caught in an arm triangle choke, with Natal clearly winning that round. So yeah, I gave Natal the fight, 30-27, even though all of the rounds were pretty close, and the referees for the most part agreed with that decision.
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a decent fight. Henry Martinez probably won the first round, showing crisp striking skills, and doing a good job countering Riddle's attacks. The second round was going to go to Martinez as well, until the end when Riddle went FUCKING NUTS, and destroyed Martinez in the second round. The third round was pretty much all Riddle, taking Martinez down a couple of times, and beating the hell out of him down there. So I gave the fight to Riddle 29-28, and two of the judges agreed.
89.2
TKO
(Punches)
6:19
      Well, the first round didn't really do much for me, but I gave it to Matt Brown on points. The second round though, Brown landed a couple of punches that knocked Cope loopy, and he was able to follow them up with some hard punches on the ground, and Cope was clearly out of it, sort of rolling around like his entire body had fallen asleep, and he couldn't figure out how to turn the light back on. Matt Brown is cool.
90.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was pretty fucked up overall. To give it a quick summary, it started with a BRUTAL kick to the groin, delivered by Caceres, so the fight was stopped for several minutes. Caceres then got kicked in the head, in a "head kick knock out" sort of way, falling flat to the ground, but recovered almost instantly, so the fight continued, and by the end of that round, Caceres was kicking some more ass. The rest of the fight basically consisted of Caceres showing superior striking, and WAAAAAY better Jiu-Jitsu skills than Figueroa, with countless submission attempts, and an absolutely dominating performance. The problem is, he also kicked Figueroa in the nuts a SECOND time, which stopped the fight for another 5 minutes or so, where Herb Dean took TWO POINTS away from Caceres. So the fact that Alex Caceres lost via SPLIT decision, on a fight where he had TWO POINTS taken from nut shots, that pretty much means he dominated this fight, and if it wouldn't have been for those accidental groin kicks, he would have clearly won this fight, maybe even 30-26 in favor of Caceres.
90.7
Submission
(Triangle Armbar)
3:23
      That was a pretty awesome win for Dustin Poirier. The fight started with Holloway being very aggressive on the feet, throwing flying knees and shit like that. Poirier was eventually able to get the fight to the ground though, where he slowly was able to make his way into an Armbar, which Holloway tried to defend against, and Poirier transitioned that into a triangle choke, which then transitioned into a triangle Armbar, forcing Holloway to submit, and I think Holloway's arm might have been damaged by that, it looked tight. Awesome win for Poirier.
87.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:43
      This was a pretty boring fight to start the night with. I don't know who Clifford Starks is, and I don't want to see him fight again. Ed Herman, I've always "sort of" liked, but he seemed like his cardio was pretty poor during this fight, and I didn't think he'd make it much past the second round, luckily, he didn't have to, because he choked out Starks about halfway through round two.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      I have to admit, I'm catching up on older events right now, so I just saw an episode of The Ultimate Fighter, where they said that Urijah Faber's next fight will be against Renan Barao, and I had no idea who he was, so I was glad to see him on this card. He's pretty solid, excellent striking, and I know he has great submission skills based on the highlight reel I saw on TUF. With that being said, Barao clearly had the better striking game, taking apart Jorgensen on the feet with his kicks, and whenever Jorgensen tried to take it to the ground with his "superior wrestling", Barao would reverse it instantly and end up on top. So yeah, Barao clearly won this fight, no doubt about it, and all three judges agreed.
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight couldn't have really been any closer. Going into it, I wanted Koscheck to win, but by the end of the fight, I gave the fight to Pierce by 1/10th of a point. In the end, Koscheck won via split-decision. Really it could have gone either way, and neither guy really looked like he wanted to end the fight at all, both guys were way too tentative. So yeah, lame fight, Koscheck wins.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Well, this fight would have been more exciting if somebody would have been finished, but it didn't happen. Fabricio Werdum threw some HUGE knees at Roy's face, and I was surprised he didn't get knocked down. When the fight went to the ground a couple of times, Fabricio Werdum looked like he was probably the more skilled grappler. Roy Nelson just wasn't able to get inside on Werdum, and the judges all gave the fight to Fabricio Werdum. Decent fight, but I wish this card had more finishes on it.
89.4
Decision
25:00
      Well that fight was a lot of hype for no good reason. Nick Diaz (in my opinion) won the first two rounds by basically chasing Condit. Condit won the next 2 rounds by beating up Nick a little bit with better kicks & punches. The final round, I wanted SO BADLY to give to Nick, for trying to take out Condit there at the end with his grappling, but he wasn't able to make it happen, so Condit walked away with the decision victory, which I GUESS I agree with. Diaz then retired after the fight? That was kind of a lame way to go out.
OVERALL 90.5
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