UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre learned today that he’ll be defending his belt next against Carlos Condit, not former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz as was planned.
Diaz had his shot at the title revoked after repeatedly no-showing press conferences, with his absence at today’s Las Vegas-held presser being the last straw. Though St-Pierre is confused and disappointed for the legion of fans that were eager to see this fight take place, he believes that his new opponent will actually provide him a stiffer test than the mercurial Stockton native.
“I do believe that Carlos Condit is more dangerous than Nick Diaz,” St-Pierre asserted at today’s press conference. “I do believe that if Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit would fight, I would put my money on Carlos Condit. For me, it’s even a bigger challenge.”
St-Pierre, who shares a coach in Greg Jackson with Condit, believes that, based on what he’s seen, The Natural Born Killer has more ways of winning a fight; he compared Diaz’s boxing-oriented stand up offense to Condit’s multi-pronged assault.
“I’ve watched a couple of his fights, and it seems to me he has a bigger variety of attack standing up. His ground is very good, just as good as Nick Diaz, and standing up is more dangerous,” he said. “I’m going to have to be worried about a lot more things –- not only the hands. Nick Diaz is mostly a boxer, but Carlos Condit, he’s got a bigger range and more variety of attack. He can hit me with knees, elbows and everything, and he hits harder than Nick Diaz. For me, it’s a fight that I actually believe is way more dangerous. I think his pedigree as a martial artist is better than Nick Diaz. I think he’s a better fighter than Nick Diaz and way more dangerous.”
St-Pierre and Condit will meet this October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in the new main event of UFC 137.