Yesterday it was revealed that Jon Fitch will take on Jake Ellenberger at UFC 126 in February of next year.

As I noted at the time this was a little surprising as Carlos Condit, fresh of a profile raising KO win over Dan Hardy last month, had seemed like a more obvious choice for Fitch.

Well, Condit has now revealed that he was in fact offered the fight first, but turned it down.

“It just didn’t work out as far as timing went. I didn’t think I was going to be able to get a long enough camp in for Fitch for the time period that they were wanting me to fight,” Condit tells MMAjunkie

Condit does however have a couple of other fighters in mind for his next trip to the octagon.

“I think (Chris Lytle) would be a great fight. Lytle always comes to put on exciting shows, and that’s obviously what I like to do also.”

“I wouldn’t be against (a fight against Diego Sanchez). Honestly, I think Diego’s going back to 155, but if they wanted me to fight him, and the incentive was there, I would do it. They’d have to do it here in Albuquerque and make it a big old thing.”

Either fighter would certainly make for an exciting bout, though neither will get him to a title shot quicker than a win over Fitch would have.