UFC 143 Set for Vegas on Saturday, February 4th

MMA betting odds excitement is set to resume on Saturday, February 4 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with UFC 143 Diaz vs. Condit, which headlines a main card that totals five bouts.

The feature bout for UFC 143 has Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit for the Interim Welterweight Championship. Also on the Main Card MMA betting odds board will be a Heavyweight Bout between Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum, a Welterweight Bout between Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce, a Bantamweight Bout between Renan Barao and Scott Jorgensen, and a Middleweight Bout between Ed Herman and Clifford Starks.

There are also a total of six Preliminary Card bouts that will be featured on FX Network. Dustin Poirier will face Max Halloway in a Featherweight bout, Matthew Riddle will face Jorge Lopez in a Welterweight bout, Alex Caceres will take on Edwin Figueroa in a Bantamweight bout, Matt Brown will face Chris Cope in a Welterweight Bout, Dan Stittgen will fight Stephen Thompson in a Welterweight fight and Rafael Natal will matchup with Michael Kuiper in a Middleweight fight.

Nick Diaz has one of the most diverse backgrounds in all of the UFC. In his first UFC bout since coming back to the circuit from Strikeforce he defeated BJ Penn in a unanimous decision last October 29 at UFC 137 in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors. Diaz was the Strikeforce Welterweight Champion that vacated the belt in order to return to UFC. He left UFC after a Technical Knockout win over Gleison Tibau at UFC 65 on November 18, 2006. He has also had success fighting in the Dream and Elite XC circuits after beginning his career in the IFC Warriors in August of 2001. To further add to his strong and diverse background Diaz also has experience as a boxer. Diaz is about an 8-5 favorite in MMA betting odds to defeat Condit.

Carlos Condit fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been fighting in UFC since April of 2009. He is riding a four-bout winning streak and he is coming off a knockout win over Dong Hyun Kim on July 2, 2011. His last two bouts have earned him Knockout of the Night honors. Condit also has a diverse background that includes a WEC Welterweight Championship and Rumble of the Rock experience.

Gina Carano on the red carpet

.Gina Carano attends the Cinema Society screening of ‘Haywire’ at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on January 18, 2012 in New York City. ….

Former Strikeforce fighter Gina Carano gets all decked out on the red carpet for her new film “Haywire” that opens this weekend. Get some of Gina’s reactions here.

Jose Aldo defeats Chad Mendes

Every once in a while you see an MMA fight that really highlights of brutal nature of mixed martial arts. This fight between Aldo and Mendes had a devastating finish.

Jose Aldo stopped Chad Mendes with one devastating knee to the head with a second left in the first round Saturday night, defending his featherweight title in his homeland at UFC 142.

Aldo (21-1) spun and knocked the previously unbeaten Mendes senseless on his back with a perfectly timed right knee that caught Mendes (11-1) flush in the face.

Aldo then landed two punches to Mendes’ defenseless head before referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout before the bell.

Aldo then bolted from the octagon and sprinted into the HSBC Arena crowd, which raised him on its shoulders to cap the UFC’s second event in Brazil in six months after a 13-year absence.

Wow. A knee to the head. That’s just crazy!

This is one reason this sport has become so popular and has surpassed boxing. There are so many different strategies and styles. In the end though, one powerful shot can change everything.

The UFC is on a roll, and this is becoming very popular with all sorts of fans. UFC betting is getting more and more attention as well. More and more people are also having house parties to watch these fights. It may not rival the Super Bowl but it’s starting to rival other more traditional sports.