FIGHTING expert “Marshall Art” was spot on with his 2-1 double last week and he was pretty confident about it too.
And by popular demand he's back with another 2-1 double on UFC 143 at Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Nick Diaz v Carlos Condit
For the first time in over three years, the UFC welterweight division will have a new champion following UFC 143.
Diaz and Condit meet for the interim championship in what should be an exciting encounter. I don't think this is a good stylistic match-up for Condit, however.
The Albuquerquean's strengths are the same as Nick's (striking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and cardio), though I believe Diaz to be slightly stronger in each of these.
Diaz does have a few weaknesses. Clearly his wrestling game could be improved upon and he doesn't do a great job of utilising or blocking leg kicks – that's something Condit could take advantage of here but these aren't his strong suits.
I think that in the heat of battle Condit will revert to his striking/Jiu-Jitsu style and will play right into the hands of Diaz.
Diaz will take this one (8-15, Skybet).
Renan Barao v Scott Jorgensen
Lower on the card, bantamweight prospect Renan Barao and Scott Jorgensen lock horns. Barao impressed just about everyone that saw his fight with Brad Pickett in November, dismantling the Brit in just over four minutes.
Jorgensen's greatest asset is his wrestling but unfortunately for him Barao has outstanding takedown defence, arguably on the same level of Nova Uniao team-mate and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
I see this fight being the one to relegate Jorgensen to a gatekeeper role in the division and to elevate Barao (4-9, boylesports) to a title shot.
- Diaz/Barao double (2-1, Ladbrokes)