UFC 143 takes place February 4th, 2012 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Per the peoples champ Chael Sonnen's request, UFC 143 starts live on Facebook around 7pm on the East Coast, 4pm on the West Coast, then at 8pm on the East coast, 5pm on the West Coast fights are broadcast live on the FX cable channel. The Pay Per View main card starts at 10pm on the East Coast and 7pm on the West coast.
The main event between Stockton, California Bad Boy Nick Diaz vs Carlos "The Natural Born Killer" Condit is for the UFC interim Welterweight title. This fight was made out of necessity when #3 pound for pound fighter Georges St Pierre sustained an ACL injury to his left knee. This injury forced the dominant champion out of his planned title fight against Diaz, and put him out of competition for 10 months.
We also received a request from the world famous Rampage Collector, and over the next few days we will preview, give predictions, and betting lines for the entire UFC 143 fight card. Leave any thoughts and comments below.
Since the betting lines for the under card have yet to be released we will start with the first fight of the main card. Betting lines are courtesy of betus.com
Ed "Short Fuse" Herman is a veteran of the UFC. He boasts a professional Mixed Martial Arts record of 19-7. Six of his wins have come by KO/TKO, 11 have been by submission and 2 by decision. Clifford Starks who took his first UFC fight on two weeks notice, has a professional MMA record of 8-0. Of his 8 wins, 3 have come via KO/TKO's, 1 submission and 4 decisions. Starks is a NCAA Division 1 wrestler from Arizona State University, who trains out of Arizona Combat Sports. Before his entry into the UFC he fought primarily out of the Rage in the Cage promotion. "Short Fuse" Herman is a willy vet. He was a cast member of season three on the Ultimate Fighter reality show. In his past 4 fights, Herman is 3-1 with his sole loss coming because of an injury. This bout Herman will dominate from start to finish. It will start out with a little bit of striking but when Starks sees that Herman is the better striker, he will go to what he knows. Wrestling. Herman who trains with Team Quest and has an above average ground game will be able to defend Starks shots and put the newcomer in uncomfortable positions. Once in the dominant position Herman will use his experience and submit Starks.
WINNER: ED "SHORT FUSE" HERMAN, ARMBAR, 2ND ROUND
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