When UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre injured his knee in training and was forced out of his planned title defense against Carlos Condit, the challenger was promised that he would keep his title shot regardless of what happened at UFC 137 between original number one contender Nick Diaz and the man that Condit himself was initially scheduled to face on the card, former champ BJ Penn.
However, shortly after Diaz thrashed Penn in the UFC 137 main event and did his best to provoke GSP to a fight, it was announced that Condit had been bumped in favor of Stockton’s favorite son, leaving Condit without a title shot or even an opponent on the horizon. UFC president Dana White assured media at the post-fight press conference that Condit had agreed to “step aside,” but the 27-year-old’s manager, Malki Kawa, recently released a statement to HDNet’s Inside MMA that alleges otherwise.
“We are obviously disappointed in the UFC’s decision to cancel its commitment with Carlos Condit to give another fighter an opportunity at the welterweight title based on emotional reactions from UFC 137,” the statement read. “Contrary to what has been stated, Carlos did not step aside to allow this to happen, and would not just hand over an opportunity for him to achieve his greatest career goal, one that he has earned through his strong performances in the Octagon. No option was given to him.”
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