By now, opinions have been cast and vary greatly from pundits to fans to fighters regarding the UFC 143 main event bout last night (Sat., Feb. 4, 2012) in Las Vegas that saw Carlos Condit take a close unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz.
The fight was interesting because Condit executed a game plan that flabbergasted his foe and made it hard on the judges to nail down exactly how to score it. He was landing plenty of shots, dipping in and out and sticking and moving, but Diaz was clearly the aggressor and walked him down the whole way, getting in a few good punches of his own.
In the end, though, the three judges all scored the fight for Condit, awarding him the interim welterweight championship and a shot at Georges St. Pierre later this year. Diaz, thinking he was the rightful winner and tired of the way the sport is set up, retired in disgust immediately following the bout.
Stats don't always tell the full story, of course, but thankfully Fight Metric has released their report on the contest and we get a bit more clarity on the controversial bout. Let's take a look after the jump.
The full striking report spanning all five rounds (click on over to Fight Metric to see the round-by-round breakdown) shows that Condit outlanded Diaz 159-117 in total strikes and 151-105 in significant strikes. Diaz was better to the head and body but "The Natural Born Killer" was just that when he went to the legs.
On to the grappling, which there was admittedly little of:
Diaz gets credit for landing one of his three takedown attempts as well as a pass to Condit's back at the end of the fifth frame. Outside of that, the entirety of the bout was contested on the feet.
Finally, the performance rating:
As you can see, Condit was rightfully awarded the decision -- based purely on the numbers -- by a score of 48-47. Fight Metric awarded Condit rounds one, three and four and Diaz rounds two and five.
Well, Maniacs, now that you've seen the fight, and the Fight Metric report, what are your thoughts? Anyone changing their mind? Or is your opinion now reinforced?