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UFC 143 Diaz vs. Condit Fight Predictions from Bleacher Report

Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks

Ed Herman

Career Record: 19-7

UFC Record: 6-5

Key Wins: Kyle Noke

Key Losses: Demian Maia

Clifford Starks

Career Record: 8-0

UFC Record: 1-0

Key Wins: Dustin Jacoby

Key Losses: N/A

In what has potential to be one of the most exciting fights of the evening, Ed Herman and Clifford Starks will meet in the first of five main card bouts.

Starks will enter action having never lost in his career, as he holds a perfect 8-0 record.

Herman is a jack-of-all-trades fighter and has what it takes to finish the fight from any area inside the Octagon.

Starks needs to show he can feel comfortable on the ground and in the stand-up if he wants a chance to be declared victorious.

But when it comes down to it, Herman will be too much to handle.

Prediction: Herman by R3 Submission

Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen

Renan Barao

Career Record: 27-1 (1)

UFC Record: 2-0

Key Wins: Brad Pickett

Key Losses: Joao Souza

Scott Jorgensen

Career Record: 13-4

UFC Record: 2-0

Key Wins: Jeff Curran

Key Losses: Dominick Cruz

While Urijah Faber is set to receive a title shot against Dominick Cruz at some point in 2012, Renan Barao and Scott Jorgensen could very well be next in line.

Barao is arguably the most underrated fighter in the UFC today, as he hasn’t lost a bout in 28 consecutive outings.

Jorgensen certainly isn’t the flashiest bantamweight in his respected division, but he is consistent and has exceptional conditioning.

Fans in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center can expect this bout to exceed past the second round.

When all is said and done, it’ll be Barao who moves closer towards UFC gold.

Prediction: Barao by R3 Submission

Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce

Josh Koscheck

Career Record: 16-5

UFC Record: 14-5

Key Wins: Matt Hughes, Anthony Johnson

Key Losses: Georges St-Pierre

Mike Pierce

Career Record: 13-4

UFC Record: 5-2

Key Wins: Paul Bradley

Key Losses: Johny Hendricks, Jon Fitch

Many fans were surprised when it was announced that Josh Koscheck’s next bout would be against fellow welterweight Mike Pierce.

Pierce’s resume has been lackluster, but he could make some noise when action begins, as he has one-punch knockout power.

Koscheck is clearly the well-rounded fighter and will attempt to wrestle Pierce to a decision victory or overpower him in the stand-up.

Either way, it’ll be Koscheck who reigns supreme and makes a case for a title shot of his own.

Prediction: Koscheck by R2 TKO

Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum

Roy Nelson

Career Record: 16-6

UFC Record: 3-2

Key Wins: Mirko “Cro Cop”, Brendan Schaub

Key Losses: Junior Dos Santos,Frank Mir

Fabricio Werdum

Career Record: 14-5-1

UFC Record: 2-2

Key Wins: Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem

Key Losses: Alistair Overeem, Junior Dos Santos

After spending time away from the Octagon, Fabricio Werdum will make his return to take on Roy Nelson in the co-main event of the evening.

Nelson showed his best performance of his career in his recent victory over Mirko “Cro Cop,” where he weighed in eight pounds less than in his previous bout.

However, Werdum has fought and defeated much more legitimate opponents than Nelson, ultimately meaning he could take the cake in his first fight back.

But regardless of how this heavyweight showdown will end, fans can expect a slugfest early and often.

Prediction: Werdum by Unanimous Decision

Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit

Nick Diaz

Career Record: 26-7 (1)

UFC Record: 7-4

Key Wins: BJ Penn, Paul Daley

Key Losses: Diego Sanchez, Sean Sherk

Carlos Condit

Career Record: 27-5

UFC Record: 4-1

Key Wins: Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald

Key Losses: Martin Kampmann

In the main event of the evening at UFC 143, Nick Diaz will look to impose his spectacular boxing skills on Carlos Condit for the chance of being the UFC interim welterweight champion.

However, Condit will be able to hold his own on his feet and has much more power in his punches than Diaz.

Diaz’s game plan will consist of quantity instead of quality, as he’ll attempt to win points from the judge’s scorecards.

If the bout finds its way to the ground, both Diaz and Condit have the experience to defend against the submission.

The biggest question will be answered in the conditioning aspect of the fight, as Diaz is arguably the most conditioned fighter in MMA today.

Prediction: Diaz by Unanimous Decision


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