The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned its Las Vegas roots on Saturday for the first time in 2012 for UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit. Las Vegas hosts an annual UFC event on Superbowl weekend, typically known for its stacked card.
The sold out event was headlined by a welterweight interim title bout between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. The co-main event featured a heavyweight battle between Fabricio Werdum and The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Roy Nelson.
10,040 spectators filled the Mandalay Bay Events Center to see Condit decision Diaz to become the interim champion and secure an eventual fight with titleholder Georges St-Pierre expected for late this year. Condit was able to beat Diaz to the punch and evade Diaz’ pressure throughout the five-round title bout. Diaz didn’t agree with the decision and hinted at retirement in his post-fight interview with broadcaster Joe Rogan.
The gate receipts from the Mandalay Bay for UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit totaled $2.3 million.