touch foreheads as they’re given final instructions by ref Steve Mazzagatti, and there’s no touch of gloves once they begin. Condit fires first with a low kick outside, then goes inside as Diaz walks him around the outside. Diaz lobs a combination and Condit circles away; Condit does the same when Diaz wades inside to clinch. Diaz dodges a lead uppercut and zaps Condit with a hard left cross. Diaz wants the fight on the cage but Condit keeps skipping away when they get close. Condit lays a kick on Diaz’s cheek and hops away again. Diaz backs Condit down again, but again can only get off a single punch before the “Natural Born Killer” slides away. Condit keeps the leg kicks coming to the outside of Diaz’s right leg. Diaz scores with a low kick and a right hand. Now Diaz is jawing, throwing up his hands and goading Condit to engage. Condit tries a spinning strike and Diaz uses the opportunity to clinch and cores with punches to the body. Diaz backs Condit down and slugs him one to the body. Diaz folds his arm, then uncrosses then and puts a one-two on Condit to finish.
Condit is still playing matador to Diaz’s bull at the start of the second. Diaz catches a kick but can’t get anything behind it before Condit bounces away. Condit grazes with a spinning back-fist that allows Diaz to tie up; again, Condit slips out and continues circling the outside. Diaz is really talking to him now, walking straight forward with his hands by his side. Condit lands a leg kick and Diaz talks some more. A switch kick lands for Condit, then a knee up the middle. Diaz gets close enough to land a pair of right hands, followed by a one-two, followed by Condit dashing away. A big right snaps the head of Condit, but he quickly answers with kicks to the body. Diaz taunts him by holding his belly and trudging forward. He gets Condit against the cage and wails away with four or five punches to the gut. Condit pumps his jab with 40 seconds left, still moving backward. Diaz puts a right hand behind Condit’s ear, tries for a waistlock, but Condit bolts again. Diaz seems to want a word with Condit after the horn, but they’re quickly separated.
Diaz tries to kick high but Condit is too far out of range. Condit goes for an inside leg kick but eats a left hand against the fence. Now Condit goes for teep kicks to keep Diaz at bay, but Diaz nonetheless closes the gap and hurls a combo to the body and head. A right hand-slash-forearm connects for Condit and it’s followed by another leg kick. Diaz has a head kick blocked but puts a nice right hook on Condit’s chin. Condit hasn’t stopped moving, still working the outside with active leg kicks and counters. Diaz misses by a mile with an awkward front kick; Condit replies with a pair of whipping leg kicks and one to the ribs. Diaz goes to the body with a left hand, but again he can’t pin Condit on the fence. More jawing from Diaz yields a jumping kick, a knee, a quick one-two from Condit. With 50 seconds to go, Diaz cracks Condit with a crisp left. Condit escapes and misses with a leaping knee. Condit slips on a kick but Diaz doesn’t have time to capitalize before the round ends.
It’s the same familiar pattern as the fight moves into the championship rounds, Condit working the outside and using effective kicks while Diaz tries to close the gap and pin him on the cage. Diaz finally gets the clinch and drops for a single-leg, but Condit slips away. Diaz is still taunting, but there’s less to taunt as Condit continues to punish the ex-Strikeforce champ’s legs and body with kicks. Condit puts an uppercut in Diaz’s breadbasket and follows up with a leg kick. Condit lands a hard combo on Diaz’s face, has a kick caught and hops away to keep kicking. A turning side-kick to the breadbasket of Diaz scores for Condit. Another kick is caught, but again Diaz can’t follow through. Diaz tries to kick high -- with less effect than Condit -- and catches one last kick before the round ends.
This looks like it will be going the distance. Condit doesn't seem to be committing to his attacks all that much so far. Diaz tries to push forward but gets a spinning elbow from Condit. They exchange strikes and Condit gets off a head kick and Diaz continues to push forward. Diaz clinches Condit against the cage and Condit breaks it. Diaz pushes in and Condit lands a knee and some punches. They trade some more punches on the feet with less than two minutes to go. Diaz gets Condit's back and gets Condit to the ground. Diaz gets both hooks, but Condit defends the submission. Condit switches to the figure-four body lock and it looks like he almost gets the rear naked choke. Condit stays away with only seconds to go. Condit escapes and gets out right before the round ends. A lot of these rounds were close. I'm not sure how the judges will score it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Carlos Condit by Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46).