I find it amusing all the drama that goes on with UFC fighters between their hissy fits, and Dana issues. The question is whether all the temper tantrums are legit? Or are they just intelligent ways to get the fans and media going to create media hype and attract more attention and higher viewer ratings for upcoming fights. UFC is MMA but UFC is also a source of entertainment. It’s not just about the sport, it’s about engaging fans, viewer numbers, and the big bucks brought in from sponsors. So with that being said… What do you think?
Let’s recap a bit here starting with Miguel Torres and the whole Twitter incident. Dana kicked him out of UFC for what he clearly stated as unacceptable behaviour. The media ate that shit up. As no surprise to me Miguel was back in the UFC in no time.
Then we have Chael Sonnen, after I saw his interview with Michael Landsburg I thought either this guy is a complete idiot or a freaking genius. I decided to steer toward the genius side after analyzing the scenario. This man knows exactly what he is doing in these interviews to help him take his popularity or lack of to the next level. Alot of people don’t like the guy but personally I think he is just playing the part of being an entertainer as well as a fighter or “The Robin Hood of MMA” in his eyes.
Now on to Nick Diaz who after UFC 143 announces that he is retiring. If that’s not bullshit then I don’t know what is. It’s all part of the plan to get the people going. Diaz lost that fight fair and square, yes you can say it was close, but stand there and taking shots and egging someone on for most of the fight does not constitute a win and defintely shouldn’t be means for a rematch. Sure he got some good shots in and was able to take Condit down in the 5th round. But Condit kept landing hits and kicks throughtout all 5 rounds, sure they weren’t very damaging but at least he was doing something substantial enough that the judges voted in his favour.
Nick will be fighting again guaranteed, Condit will go on to fight against GSP and the UFC family will live happily ever after.
Moral of the story – Don’t believe everything you see or hear.
Written by Matt Marcone
Carlos Condit is the new interim UFC welterweight champion.
Condit answered his critics Saturday with a very close decision win over crowd favourite Nick Diaz.
Condit was able to circle and move, landing several leg-kicks and jabs but never came close to finishing the Stockton native. Judges scored the bout 49-46, 49-46, and 48-47, much to the chagrin of the Vegas crowd.
Diaz verbally taunted Condit the entire fight, landing a wicked body shot combination and nearly finished him with a rear-naked choke.
“This ain’t right,” Diaz told colour-commentator Joe Rogan. “I pushed him back the whole fight. I walked him down. I got the take down. I’m the guy who went on top. Had I thought I wasn’t ahead, I’d bet you anything I’d have finished that arm lock.”
“While he was talking, I was landing punches,” Condit said.
Perhaps most shocking was the bombshell announcement that followed.
“I think I’m done with this MMA,” Diaz said. “It’s been great out here. I’ve had a good career. You guys pay me way too much, but I don’t think I’m going to get enough to keep going in this. It’s been a good time.”
If UFC 143 was Diaz’ last fight, one of the sport’s most prolific fighters is walking away in his prime. Condit now faces teammate Georges St. Pierre for the undisputed title later this year.
In the co-main event and fight of the night, Fabricio Werdum was able to out-strike Roy Nelson for three straight rounds. Many thought Werdum’s best chance to win the fight was to take it to the ground, but he proved he’s more than a one-trick pony.
Werdum landed some devastating knees in the clinch that ultimately paid dividends, with “Big Country” unable to mount any serious offence. All three judges scored it 30-27 in favour of the Brazilian.
Other fights saw Josh Koscheck win a controversial split decision over fellow wrestler Mike Pierce; the bout could’ve gone either way.
Rising Brazilian bantamweight star Renan Barao outpointed Scott Jorgenson for three rounds, improving his record to an impressive 28-1-1.
UFC newcomer Stephen Thompson showed why he hasn’t lost in combat competition since he was a young teenager. He knocked out Dan Stittgen with a beautifully timed head kick, earning him knockout of the night honours and improves to 6-0.
Submission of the night went to featherweight Dustin Poirier, who improved to 4-0 inside the Octagon.
Next stop for the UFC is February 15th on Fuel TV where Jake Ellenberger takes on fellow welterweight contender Diego Sanchez.