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‘UFC 143: Diaz vs Condit’ Aftermath Part II– A Cup Half Empty

Two kicks + two mangled testes = two points? (Photo:

Controversial decisions weren’t limited to the feature bout at UFC 143, my friends. From scrotum to scorecard, there’s much to break down from the undercard action.

Fabricio Werdum put on a striking clinic against the slightly less-hefty Roy Nelson. Werdum put together crisp, powerful combinations and launched a torrent of knees from the clinch to bloody “Big Country” up. It was a welcome rebound from his performance against Overeem and a promising re-introduction to the Octagon. Nelson has an incredibly tough chin—proven by the sheer number of bombs he takes fight after fight—and a heart as big as they come—what else could pump that much blood out of his face?–but that’s not enough to make it in the UFC’s heavyweight division. He’s served as a very game punching bag for much of his post-TUF career, and it’s not a good look. On the positive side, his refusal to die in the cage did help the duo score the evening’s $65k ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.

Josh Koshcheck managed to eek out an incredibly close split decision over Mike Pierce. Not only was this bout a big step up for Pierce, it was one that he publicly campaigned for. He worked his jab and out-struck the now-former AKA product throughout the fight as Koscheck shopped around for a home for his big right hand. It was the sort of dirty, grueling bout that Pierce typically employees, but it wasn’t enough to take home the ‘W’ in the judges’ eyes. Still, it was a solid showing against a highly ranked opponent. We don’t know what prompted Koscheck’s post-fight departure from AKA or how that may have effected his performance, but time will tell. As for those boos from the crowd, was it just me or did they actually seem to bother the happiest heel in the sport?

Renan Pegado proved what didn’t need proving: a 27-fight win streak is not just a run of good luck. “Barao” used an arsenal of kicks to punish Scott Jorgensen and keep him at bay. Coupled with his outstanding takedown defense, the Brazilian was in full control of this bout from the opening bell until the unanimous decision win was announced. It was a lopsided win over a tough opponent, and you can bet his fellow bantamweights took notice.

Ed Herman and Clifford Starks showed up to bang, but it was the ground game that mattered most. Herman threw uppercuts like they were going out of style, but Starks showed impressive power as he crowded “Short Fuse” against the cage and connected with a spate of worrisome right hands. Round one was a back and forth of heavy exchanges until Herman took Starks down to end the frame. Round two saw more reserved striking before Herman executed a trip takedown from the clinch and promply sunk in the rear naked choke. This marked Starks’ first loss and Herman’s third straight victory since his return to action in 2011.

In typical fashion, the evening’s prelim fighters put on quite the show, netting both of the evening’s fight-ending bonuses. UFC newcomer Stephen Thompson put on a karate clinic is his memorable ‘Knock Out of the Night’ win over Daniel Stittgen. With his sideways stance and unorthodox kicks, “Wonderboy” kept Stittgen guessing until finding a home for his highlight reel kick in the final minute of the first round. In a battle of young guns, Featherweights Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway came out swinging. Poirier landed heavy shots and his 20-year-old opponent was game to return fire, but once Poirier slammed him to the mat it was game over. “The Diamond” quickly took mount and attempted an armbar then a triangle before returning to mount and securing both in the evening’s ‘Submission of the Night’.

While both Thompson and Poirier’s victories increased their purses, Edwin Figueroa saw his mashed and mangled in route to a controversial decision win. He went toe-to-toe with Alex Caceras standing, but found himself in constant defensive mode on the ground. What could have been a clear victory for “Bruce Leeroy” was tarnished by a pair of accidental ball-breaking kicks to the groin. Twice Figueroa doubled over in pain, leaving us to wonder if he’d return from the five minute hiatus. Caceras was first warned by Herb Dean for the unintended low blow, but was docked two points on the second infraction. While Herb Dean has taken two points for low blows once before, it is far outside the norm. The kicks had to take a major toll on “El Feroz” and hamper his performance, but at the end of the day I don’t think the better fighter got his hand raised.


- Chris Colemon


Full Results: (via:

  • Carlos Condit def. Nick Diaz via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) – wins interim welterweight title
  • Fabricio Werdum def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Josh Koscheck def. Mike Pierce via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Renan Barao def. Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ed Herman def. Clifford Starks via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:43
  • Dustin Poirier def. Max Holloway via submission (mounted triangle-armbar) – Round 1, 3:23
  • Edwin Figueroa def. Alex Caceres via split decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27)
  • Matt Brown def. Chris Cope via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:19
  • Matt Riddle def. via Henry Martinez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Rafael Natal def. Michael Kuiper via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Steven Thompson def. Dan Stittgen via knockout (head kick) – Round 1, 4:13

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aaronb- February 6, 2012 at 10:29 am
I'm wondering if opening that gym in Colorado is what has made the difference for Ed Herman? He seems to have gained a TON of extra cardio capacity in his current 3 fight comeback.
jfjjfjff- February 6, 2012 at 7:12 am
holdmydick: this is, the best designed mma website around.
darrenm- February 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm
I believe the harder eyepoke that Koscheck landed was after he was warned by the referee. Even after that he was still sticking his open left hand into Pierce's face.

Sometimes it's hard not to think that "unintentional" fouls happen more often when he is having a difficult time with a fight (Pierce, Rumble).
johnnytuthumbs- February 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm
I think Koscheck is a cheater. He's faked being hit by illegal blows and has done plenty of other shady things. I'm pretty sure that eyepoke wasnt a complete accident
Sopapo- February 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm
@Get Off Me
Im with you. Koscheck lost it 29-28 no doubt about it . Pierce got robbed.
XENOPHON- February 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Better Caption: Hey somehow we both lost our hair picks. Two please!
XENOPHON- February 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Ed Herman, he just never had enough steam to take it up a notch. That said, I over watching the old (Season 3 TUF) put on average fights. It time for an early prediction. His next fight, a loss. The one saving grace will be, if he can get that fire back. I hope so.
XENOPHON- February 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm
As for Koscheck, he is very luck. If he had lost, he would have been so far down that ladder in ranking that even Fitch would avoid being seen with him. I don't think Josh has realized that the phony UFC love-hyped over died after he failed at the belt twice. He is now cemented in the same ranks as Florian, Vera, and TOG.
XENOPHON- February 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm
Maybe it's just time that the UFC stop giving Big Country the additional time to cut more weight before getting bumped down to 205, and just tell him - LOOK FATBOY - It's a no carbs - all water - 1,000 calorie per day plan for the next few months until he will be allowed to get his next fight at light-heavy.
Get Off Me- February 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm
likewise, just not looking forward to the McCorkle gut at 205.
Joedirt- February 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm
I would love to see if Nelson could cut to LHW.
smellypiratehooker- February 5, 2012 at 11:49 am
Nice to see that the wicked with of the west was there last night to make sure that a knockout equaled unconscience. Even though it was "just" one hard strike that Cope took when he was unconscience, she looked scared to get in there and save him until the coast was clear.
Get Off Me- February 5, 2012 at 11:30 am
Caceres won all three rounds 10-9 minus the point deductions.
Koscheck lost 29-28 and should of had one point deducted.
Herb Dean stood out in a bad way more than once last night.
Once more, referee's should enforce rules not decide when fights should be stood up on their discretion alone. Dean was telling Koscheck to get busy twice, once when Kos almost had Pierce's back and once as he was in the midsts of attempting to secure a takedown. WTF is Herb Dean to do that? Is there a stalling rule in place now? The referee's are starting to stand fights up more and more when there is a lack of action, so it's high time to make a simple rule so as we understand what's going on as an audience.
HoldMyDick- February 5, 2012 at 11:28 am
anyone else click the "read more" link and get sent to some other websites selling shit? what the fuck is this shit
SethF- February 5, 2012 at 11:24 am
The (slightly less) oversized grappling dummy/punching bag schtick that Roy Nelson employs is getting old to watch. Bellator can use an opponent for Sensitive Sean.