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Carlos Condit: “I’m a more technical fighter than Diaz.”

While this weekend’s event on FOX is certainly deserving of attention, the reality is the match-up UFC fans are truly thirsting for will take place on Super Bowl Weekend when Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz duke it out at UFC 143 for the right to be called an interim champion. While the trash-talk has been minimal between the two welterweights during the build up to their bout based on mutual respect, that’s not to say each man isn’t supremely sure of himself when it comes to exiting the Octagon with a victory on February 4.

Diaz and Condit spoke about their upcoming fight in an extended preview for the PPV where the “Natural Born Killer” made it clear he feels he has an advantage over Diaz in all areas, especially when it comes to striking.

“I feel like I’m a more technical fighter than Diaz,” Condit explained when asked about how he compared to the former Strikeforce title-holder. “I have more weapons in my arsenal. I just bring some different stuff to the table.”

“He can take a good shot but can he take knees? Is he going to be able to take elbows? It’s a different when it’s a shin across your face,” he continued.

Getting word of Condit’s statements, Diaz replied, “That’s a nice thought, right? Go out there and throw some kicks and some elbows, some knees, and win the fight. Can you get that stuff off when you’re running backwards?”

While the outcome may be in question there’s no doubt Condit-Diaz should deliver a “Fight of the Year” candidate when they clash in the cage. Condit has finished 26 of the 27 opponents he’s beaten while Diaz has racked up stoppages in 21 of 26 total victories.

Check out the complete preview below:


  • fanoftna33 says:

    This fight is going to be so exciting. I do agree with Condit though as he has shown a bit of a larger arsenal of strikes than has Diaz, but you might also note that Diaz has only really needed his hands and his subs to win 12 straight fights. I am still picking Diaz here but it will be a close one I think, and I can see Condit going for the takedowns pretty quickly.

  • climbarock says:

    I agree with Condit but his point cuts both ways. Sometimes great kickboxers have relatively under-developed hands and can be picked apart by a better boxer. Take Nate Diaz/Cerrone for instance.

    I have no idea who will win this one, but it should be a great fight.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I’m not really sure what Condit means when he says he’s more technical. Better form? I do think he has more power. I’ll never forget the shot that dropped Dan Hardy, who went the distance with GSP.

  • Angry Mike…that;s cuz GSP hasnt finished anyone not a LW in the past 4 years. he’s a safe fighter and the winner of this fight is going to take his belt with extreme ruthlessness.

    Now onto this fight, Carlos is perfectly right, he has alot more in his striking arsenal as far as versatility however he fights at a much more measured pace than Diaz(even though he does hold a pace that’s extremely high, just not 100+ strikes a round high). and climbarock and Diaz got it right too, kickboxers tend to flip out a little bit when they cant get the distance to throw kicks and someones running at you throwing confusing punch combos the entire time.

    Either way…..we’re talkin a combined record of 52-12 with 47 finishes between these two….can it get any better?

  • LiverPunch says:

    Diaz via TKo rd 4.
    Im worried about Diaz not checking kicks though.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Diaz got taken apart by Cycborgs kicks in the first round, i really thought that was going to be his downfall in that fight.
    So fucking stoked for this fight, to be fair i’m stoked for any Diaz fight, but this has me going insane


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