2011 UFC 143 Picks & Predictions for Diaz vs. Condit Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Saturday, 04 February 2012 16:15

UFC 143 Free Picks

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LAS VEGAS, NV – UFC 143 takes place on Saturday night and features a title bout. Here are some picks to consider for Saturday’s card.

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UFC 143 will have its main card air live on PPV at 10PM ET. The bouts will be held in the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Preliminary bouts air live on FX starting at 8PM ET.

UFC Interim Welterweight Championship Bout – Nick Diaz (26-7) vs. Carlos Condit (27-5)

This contest should be a war as both fighters will look to leave it all in the cage and take the other’s head off. Because of that, it is a risky wager either way. Diaz has shown he can take some damage and keep pushing forward. Condit is tough as nails too, but he has struggled at times against lesser opponents. I see Diaz using his conditioning and boxing skills to keep Condit off his game and eventually getting a submission win in the fourth round. FREE PICK – Nick Diaz -205

UFC Heavyweight Bout – Roy Nelson (16-6) vs. Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1)

This match should be interesting as both fighters are jiu-jitsu black belts, but Nelson has the clear edge in striking and Werdum has the edge in conditioning. I expect Nelson to be able to land some big blows early though to stifle Werdum. Nelson has to finish this one off because the longer the fight goes, the worse his chances of winning are. Still, I see a TKO victory for Nelson late in the first round. FREE PICK – Roy Nelson +120

UFC Welterweight Bout – Mike Pierce (13-4) vs. Josh Koscheck (16-5)

This fight has a lot of emotion involved as Pierce has been taking a lot of verbal jabs at Koscheck. Pierce hasn’t been finished in the octagon, but he is facing a powerful striking with a great wrestling base and a lot of strength. Pierce’s only chance to win seems to be landing a big punch on a questionable chin of Koscheck, but I think Koscheck will be able to control the fight on its feet and the ground and earn a decision victory. FREE PICK – Josh Koscheck -245

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