The UFC suffered another massive injury blow today when it emerged that welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre has blown out his ACL and will now be out for 10 months.
That means for the second time in less than a year a fight between GSP and current No.1 contender Nick Diaz, which on this occasion was set to headline UFC 143 on Superbowl weekend, has had to be scrapped.
In a Twitter message earlier today UFC president Dana White confirmed the news and then revealed a new match-up for the show.
“GSP blown acl will be out for 10 mos. Now Condit vs Diaz for the interim welterweight title on Feb 4th in Las Vegas!!”
It’s nice to see that Carlos Condit will finally get his title shot after it was cruelly snatched from him earlier in the year, but there’s no doubt this puts a big dent in the UFC’s early 2012 plans.
The impact of GSP not fighting is illustrated perfectly by his last call-off at UFC 137. Initially when he was topping the bill the card was expected to pull in the region of 700-800,000 pay-per-view buys, but after he pulled out injured it went on to do just 280,000.