And that's a dogfight!
Just about everyone and their mother expected the interim welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012, to be a knock-down, drag-out war of attrition. That's because both men are proven finishers, earning rightful reputations within the mixed martial arts (MMA) community as outright bad asses.
However, Condit flipped the script on fight night, executing a very smart -- albeit uncharacteristic -- counter-striking strategy. It was the perfect antidote to Diaz's aggressive hunt 'em down, box 'em up and get 'em out attack. In fact, Diaz, along with most fans watching, was completely puzzled and failed to make any significant in-fight adjustments that got the "Natural Born Killer" to exchange on his terms.
The result was a disappointing (and to some, controversial) decision in favor of Condit.
For the fans who shelled out $45 to watch "Diaz vs. Condit," only to be let down and frustrated, Diego Sanchez promises to make it up to them by putting on a memorable, exciting performance against Jake Ellenberger in the UFC on Fuel TV 1 main event, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb., tomorrow night (Feb. 15, 2012).
Best of all, MMA fans don't have to fork over one red cent because the fight will be included in FUEL TV's free preview weekend.
"The switch goes on and once they lock that door, it's battle mode. I know he's going in there to knock my head off and I have to go in there and try and knock his head off, too. We're going to do what we do -- we're true, true warriors. And we're going to bring the dogfight that you didn't get to see in the last pay-per-view."
Watch "The Dream" and "The Juggernaut" talk more about their important -- an hopefully thrilling -- 170-pound showdown after the jump:
I kind of believe him. Probably because he makes me feel like I don't have much of a choice.