It’s fair to say that yesterday wasn’t a great day for UFC welterweight No.1 contender Carlos Condit.
The first he heard of the news that his title fight with Georges St.Pierre had been canceled was when MMAJunkie called him for a comment on the situation.
“Oh, shut the [expletive] up,” Condit exclaimed when told of GSP’s injury. “I’m pretty disappointed, man. That’s, wow. Just disappointed, that’s all I can say. But I gotta go, brother.”‘
Later in the day after having had time to regroup and gather his thoughts Condit released a press statement giving his official reaction to the fact that the fight had been scrapped.
“I am greatly disappointed, for both myself and UFC fans, that I will no longer be fighting for the Welterweight title at UFC 137, but I also understand that injuries are a part of this business.
As a professional fighter, it is my job to be prepared for any and all circumstances, positive and negative, that come my way during training and the actual fight. Georges is a great competitor and I know that he will want to return to 100 percent health as soon as possible so that this fight can be rescheduled.
This is the best training camp I have ever had, and I look forward to carrying over the growth that I’ve experienced in this camp to my next one.
I have trained for over a decade in mixed martial arts with the clear goal of becoming the best fighter in the world at my weight class. I have worked this long to become the UFC Welterweight Champion. I will work a little longer.”
Condit’s manager Malki Kawa also confirmed via press release that ‘The Natural Born Killer’ would be waiting for St.Pierre’s knee injury to heal so that the original match-up can take place at a later date.
“Carlos Condit is the top contender in the UFC’s welterweight division, and as such, the most logical decision for him is to be ready for the title shot he has earned against Georges St-Pierre as soon as St-Pierre is fully recovered. While it is disappointing that he will not fight on the UFC 137 card, it is my hope that fans understand that this is the best matchup at this weight class.”
You have to feel for Condit who’s been on a rollercoaster ride of emotions in the build-up to this event. Originally he was scheduled to fight BJ Penn in the co-main event before unexpectedly receiving a phone call from Dana White asking him to replace Nick Diaz in the main event. Condit had described the chance to fight GSP for the title as a dream come true, but he’ll now have to wait a while longer before it’ll become a reality.