It was this past February when Carlos Condit (28-5) won the interim welterweight championship after the current Georges St-Pierre (22-2) went down with an ACL injury to his knee. Since waiting on the sides, many wondered if Condit would defend the title since St-Pierre was still nine months from returning to action. According to Condit, the UFC told him to wait for St-Pierre to return so a unification fight could occur.
Condit’s manager Malki Kawa recently confirmed some of these comments.
“[Condit] called me a few times and asked me to set up a rematch [with martin Kampmann],” said Kawa on MMA Weekly. “He asked me when Johny Hendricks started talking, he wanted to fight him. So, Carlos actually wanted to take some other fights.”
Obviously Condit didn’t take any of those fights which leads up to tonight’s UFC 154 show where all four fighters mentioned are competing. St-Pierre and Condit headline to unify the welterweight championship. Kampmann vs. Hendricks square off in the co-main event.
Kawa is glad Condit waited until St-Pierre returned as it will be his biggest and most important challenge to date.
“I was pretty instrumental in telling him to chill and take it easy,” said Kawa. “There’s no bigger fight at that weight class than Georges St-Pierre. So to me, it just didn’t make sense to take any other fight in the interim.”