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Two more welterweight bouts added to UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit

With an interim UFC welterweight championship match as the headliner, UFC 143 is quickly turning into a feature presentation for the 170-pound division, as two more welterweight fights have been set.

According to a recent release by the UFC, Matt Brown faces Chris Cope, and Justin Edwards takes on Mike Stumpf. Both fights could be slated for the preliminary card of the night.

UFC 143’s main event is scheduled to be Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit for the interim UFC title. Current champ Georges St. Pierre suffered a torn ACL and will be sidelined for several months, so Diaz and Condit will hold the title until he is healthy and ready to return.

Brown sports just a 1-4 record in his last five fights but has kept his job thanks to his willingness to trade punches inside the Octagon. The former Ultimate Fighter 13 competitor is 12-11 overall. Brown’s opponent, Cope (5-2), is also an ex-TUF competitor. Cope is coming off a loss to Che Mills.

Edwards carries a 7-2 mark into his bout with Stumpf (11-3). Edwards is 1-2 in UFC fights this year, defeating Jorge Lopez last September. Stumpf, meanwhile, dropped his debut UFC bout to T.J. Waldburger.

UFC 143 takes place February 4 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Adding to the three above-mentioned welterweight wars, Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce have signed up to compete on the card.


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