Aside from tacking on some extra fanfare, it’s hard to understand why the UFC put an interim title on the line in the UFC 143 battle between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz, only to encourage the eventual winner (Condit) to wait it out for returning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in place of defending the title.
Still, opting not to risk a shot at GSP and the true title is a decision that Jake Ellenberger, the man with the most legitimate claim to Condit’s title, understands.
“I completely agree,” Ellenberger said following his recent victory over Condit’s teammate, Diego Sanchez (via USA Today). “I would wait for GSP.”
Ellenberger fought Condit on short notice in his UFC debut back in 2009, losing a controversial split decision to The Natural Born Killer after three rounds of battle. That defeat would mark the last in Ellenberger’s UFC career so far, as the 26-year-old has rattled off six straight wins since to establish himself as one of the division’s top competitors.
Condit defeated Nick Diaz via controversial unanimous decision earlier this month at UFC 143 to earn the interim welterweight title; a rematch was to be scheduled between the two before it was revealed that Diaz had tested positive for marijuana. Now, if Diaz gets a lengthy suspension and can’t return to action before GSP, Condit is expected to wait for the champ to return.