Saturday is long gone, but the Condit vs. Diaz controversy somehow rages on. The fallout continued in spades yesterday, from Cesar Gracie's belittlement of the judges, to the Condit camp's refusal to sign a rematch. Catch up on all the back-and-forth with today's edition of the Morning Report.
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Greg Jackson: stick-and-move strategy was "no-brainer." Unsurprisingly, Jackson adamantly defended the pro-Condit decision, explaining, "it's not like we reinvented the wheel."
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Not enough? Watch Chad Sermon and Brian Kerr revert back to Pride rules (to devastating results) at Shepherdsville's Hardrock MMA 43 event. (HT: Middle Easy)
Yup, this is somehow from the exact same event. This time Braedon Ward and Brandon Bishop suffer a double KO in the most bizarre way imaginable. (HT: Bloody Elbow)
Roy Nelson's Roller-Coaster Weekend, Part 1. (via @roynelsonmma)
Roy Nelson's Roller-Coaster Weekend, Part 2: Coolio Edition.
Wise words from Tim Kennedy.
Better hope that tantrum retirement is short-lived.
Nik Lentz has a simple solution for all the controversy.
Chael Sonnen still isn't convinced he'll get his fight.
Here's what was announced yesterday (Monday, Feb. 6, 2012):
- UFC on Fox 3: John Hathaway (15-1) vs. Pascal Krauss (10-0)
- UFC 145: Jon Jones (15-1) vs. Rashad Evans (17-1-1) confirmed
- UFC on Fuel TV 1: T.J. Dillahsaw (4-1) vs. Walel Watson (9-3) moved to main card
- UFC on FX 2: Daniel Pineda (16-7) in against Mackens Semerzier (6-3)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's FPOTD belongs to BE reader KGNLuc: Greasing with water: The tragic, almost complete transcript of what was said in Nick Diaz's corner during UFC 143.
A lot has been said and written about Nick Diaz' fight with Carlos Condit. One point of discussion has been Diaz seeming inability to adapt in a fight that was at least close or - in the opinion of many fans and more importantly the judges - he was losing. Personally I thought Diaz did win the fight, but this is definitely a case of "could've gone either way". More interesting to me is the question, what was going on with Nick, whether he was following a gameplan, if he really did get bad advice by his corner and so on. Luckily, the UFC provides an audio-stream straight from the corner of Nick Diaz. Even more luckily for you gentlemen I had the insane idea to make a transcript of the high-points for the poor suckers who do not get these streams for free like us germans.
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