Nick Diaz’s refusal to participate in promoting his welterweight title fight with Georges St-Pierre has resulted in that bout’s cancellation and his very possible release from the UFC, but it opened a big door for Carlos Condit.
Condit was promoted from his co-main event against BJ Penn into a championship bout against welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, an opportunity which The Natural Born Killer will absolutely not squander over media appearances.
“The timing was perfect for this to all come together,” Condit said. “First I want to thank the UFC for allowing me this opportunity and also my agent Malki Kawa who saw an opening and took advantage of it. With me already fighting on that card, I will need to make some adjustments to get ready for a new opponent, but my actual training is still right on schedule.”
The last reigning WEC welterweight champ, Condit has especially established himself as a top-of-the-line welterweight in his past three bouts, earning stoppage victories over Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim. Condit looks at the chance to face off against his fellow Team Jackson fighter as an honor of the highest order.
“It’s an honor to be able to fight for the championship, especially against one of the legends of our sport in Georges St-Pierre,” he said. “I’ve been fighting for nearly a decade and there has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears that has gone into that. A lot of sacrifices have been made both personally and professionally, and I’m looking forward to showing the UFC that I am deserving of this opportunity.”
Condit and St-Pierre will face off at UFC 137 this October 29 in the main event of UFC 137, which goes down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.