First it was BJ Penn, then UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre, now, it looks as though Carlos Condit will be facing off against Josh Koscheck when he eventually returns to the Octagon.
UFC president Dana White revealed at last night’s UFC 138: Leben vs. Muñoz post-fight presser that The Natural Born Killer will likely get his wish to fight at UFC 143 – the same fight card where GSP will take on Nick Diaz in Condit’s place – but that, instead of fighting for the title, he’ll probably be facing off against top-ranked welterweight Josh Koscheck.
“Right now, Carlos Condit wants to fight. He wants to fight on the same card as GSP and Diaz. So, we’ll see what happens,” said White. “Koscheck has been offered. It could be him and Koscheck – and Condit wanted that fight.”
Condit was bumped up from a co-main event bout against BJ Penn on last month’s UFC 137 fight card to a title fight with GSP when Nick Diaz failed to follow through on his media obligations. St-Pierre then got injured and pulled out of their fight, prompting the UFC to postpone – not cancel – GSP vs. Condit for Super Bowl weekend. As he is wont to do, Diaz threw a wrench in the gears by thrashing BJ Penn and disrespectfully calling out the champ post-fight, ruffling St-Pierre’s feathers and paving the way for GSP vs. Diaz to be set up again, leaving Condit angry and without an opponent.
That is, possibly, until now, as the 27-5 former WEC welterweight champion has been offered a fight against recent title challenger Josh Koscheck for that same Super Bowl weekend fight card. A stout wrestler with ever-improving striking, Koscheck presents an easy out for no one. He faced off against GSP for the second time last December and came up short against the champ for the second time as well, losing a unanimous decision and getting his eye busted up something nasty in the process. With another title shot a far-off prospect for Koscheck now, the brash AKA team member is just looking to make money and knock off other contenders.
UFC 143 is expected to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 4, Super Bowl weekend.