Photo of Carlos Condit (L) landing some spinning shit to the back of Nick Diaz's (R) head in the UFC 143 main event. Photo by Esther Lin via SBnation.com.
UFC 143: "Diaz vs. Condit," which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 4, 2012, tallied a live gate of $2,389,975, according to official figures from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released earlier today.
The final attendance of 9,015 was the result of 6,727 tickets sold and 2,288 complimentary tickets, while 752 seats remained empty.
UFC 143 featured a main event between Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit, former welterweight Strikeforce and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champions, respectively, vying for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim 170-pound title while division kingpin, Georges St. Pierre, recovers from recent knee surgery.
Diaz and Condit battled for five full rounds to a disappointing (from a pre-fight expectation perspective) and controversial decision, with "The Natural Born Killer" getting the nod from all three judges sitting ringside. It was so divisive, in fact, that Diaz prematurely (or perhaps immaturely) retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) on the spot.
That's not all.
Heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson collided in the "Fight of the Night," with "Vai Cavalo" battering "Big Country" with blood-letting knees to the nose and other areas about the face. Nelson somehow absorbed everything that Werdum dished out, surviving -- and even fighting back -- valiantly, but ultimately went on to drop a painful unanimous decision.
Also on the card, Josh Koscheck barely got passed Mike Pierce after their three-round fight ended with a razor-thin split decision, while Renan Barao established himself as a serious threat to Dominick Cruz's bantamweight belt with a solid decision win over Scott Jorgensen.
For all the information you need to know from the UFC 143 event hit up our comprehensive wrap-up right here.