UFC 143: Preview, Schedule And Predictions

The UFC returns to Las Vegas tonight for UFC 143 Diaz vs. Condit. Nick Diaz faces Carlos Condit for the UFC Interm Welterweight Title. Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum clash in a heavyweight bout, and Josh Koscheck faces Mike Pierce in a welterweight fight on the main card.

The evening begins at 5 PM with free fights on Facebook. Just click "Like" on the UFC's Facebook page to view the fights. Two fights are scheduled for the Facebook card. Undefeated Stephen Thompson (5-0) faces Dan Stittgen to open the card. Thompson was 56-0 as a kickboxer with 39 KO's and is making his UFC debut.

At 6 PM the evening switches over to FX. "The Ultimate Fighter" alumni Chris Cope (5-3) and Matt Brown (14-11) clash in a welterweight bout. Featherweights Dustin Poirier (11-1) and Max Holloway (4-0 )highlight the FX prelims.

At 8 PM the action shifts over to pay-per-view (or select 3D theaters) for the main card. Five fights are scheduled including Nick Diaz (27-7-1) against Carlos Condit (27-5) for the UFC Interm Welterweight Title. Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1) returns to the UFC where he went 2-2 from 2007 to 2008.

Full list of UFC 143 fights with predictions below:

Main Event (PPV- 8 PM):

UFC Interm Welterweight Title: Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Diaz via knockout)

Heavyweight: Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Ferdum via submission)

Welterweight: Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Koscheck via decision)

Bantamweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Renan Barao (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Barao via decision)

Middleweight: Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Herman via TKO)

Preliminary Card (FX- 6 PM):

Featherweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Poirier via decision)

Bantamweight: Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Caceres via knockout)

Welterweight: Matt Brown vs. Chris Cope (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Cope via knockout)

Welterweight: Matthew Riddle vs. Henry Martinez (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Riddle via decision)

Preliminary Card (Facebook- 5 PM):

Middleweight: Rafael Natal vs. Michael Kuiper (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Kuiper via decision)

Welterweight: Dan Stittgen vs. Stephen Thompson (SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Thompson via knockout)

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