MMA’s Evolution Can Be Found In The UFC’s Welterweight Division

Photography by Josh Hedges

The apples and oranges argument of MMA vs. Boxing makes me roll my eyes sometimes. Some feel caged combat is overrated and deprived of any athletic craftsmanship. In contrast, others say clashes of the pugilistic variety are too one-dimensional and archaic to be considered real fighting. It’s easy to understand how MMA can look like an uneducated brawl at times, but you have to remember the sport is currently in its golden years.

Boxing’s organizational roots can be traced back to 1743, while the Marquess of Queensberry rules that were drafted in 1867 have governed Boxing ever since.

The first organized Mixed Martial Arts bout took place in 1989 in Japan for the Shooto promotion, while the Ultimate Fighting Championship held their inaugural event in 1993.

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UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller Preview & Predictions

UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller Preview & Predictions

(Column I wrote for gerweck.net)

UFC attempts to make their “third time’s the charm” event on the Fox network. Pay-Per-View headliners take a backseat as the objective is to create new stars with talent who present a better chance of producing an exciting fight that will leave the eyes of channel surfers glued to the action in the octagon.

 

Pat “HD” Barry (7-4) vs. Lavar Johnson (16-5): Both fighters bring with them aggression and ridiculous punching power fueled by an insatiable appetite for knockouts. Johnson has a chance to catch the Duke Roufus pupil if he can turn it into a wildfire fight, but he doesn’t possess the stand up pedigree of a Cheick Kongo or Stefan Struve to confuse Barry, who’s K-1 striking repertoire will be the difference maker.

UFC 143 Results: Condit wins Interim title.

Prelims

Stephen Thompson defeated Dan Stittgen via switch kick KO at 4:13 of Round 1

Rafael Natal defeated Michael Kuiper via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Matt Riddle over Henry Martinez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Matt Brown beat Chris Cope via knockout at 1:19 of the 2nd Round

Edwin Figueroa defeated Alex Caceres via split decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27) Caceres lost 2 points due to two low blows he landed.

Dustin Poirier defeated Max Holloway via submission in the 1st Round

Main Card

Ed Herman defeated Clifford Starks by submission via  rear-naked choke at 1:43 of Round 2

Renan Barao defeated Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision 30-27 across the board

Josh Koscheck defeated Mike Pierce via split decision 28-29, 29-28, 29-28

Fabricio Werdum def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision 30-27 across the board. (Werdum displayed improved striking that kept Nelson at bay)

Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz via unanimous decision 48-47, 49-46, 49-46 to become the UFC Interim welterweight title.

After the bout Nick Diaz said about the loss

“I’ve not going to accept the fact that this is a loss,” Diaz said. “I pushed him back the whole fight, I walked him down, and I was the guy on top.

“You guys pay me a ton, but I don’t think I’m getting enough to keep going on. … I don’t need this shit. I pushed this guy back the whole fight. … I don’t want to play this game anymore.”

Fight Bonuses $65,000 each.

Fight of the Night: Nelson vs. Werdum

Submission of the Night: Dustin Poirier

KO of the Night: Stephen Thompson

 

My thoughts:

I was a close decision that will be disputed by some. I scored the fight 48-47 for Nick Diaz with him winning rounds 1,2 and 5 and Carlos Condit winning rounds 3 and 4. Condit usually fights for the finish but after the the second round he realized the only chance to win is to become a point fighter. He also looked shocked when his name was announced which tells the story. Judge Junichiro Kamijo gave Carlos Rounds 1,3 & 4 while judges Patricia Morse-Jarman & Cecil Peoples gave Condit Rounds 1,2,4 & 5. Another Greg Jackson play it safe fencing match gets the win but fans lose as it wasn’t the war we hoped for. It will be interesting to see who Gregg Jackson chooses to corner when Condit fights GSP in November.

Fight-Metric stats:

Condit out-struck Diaz in the fight by a 159-117 count overall, and a 151-105 number in “significant strikes.

In strikes to the head and body, Diaz landed 111 to Condit’s 91.

In strikes to the legs, it was Condit 68, Diaz 6.