After Nick Diaz was pulled from his blockbuster UFC 137 title fight with Georges St.Pierre for failing to attend media appearances this week it was revealed that Carlos Condit will now fight for the belt instead.
According to Dana White an overwhelmed Condit broke into tears at the news and had to phone him back 15 minutes when he had regained his composure.
GSP admitted that he had only found out the news “minutes ago”, but was already focusing his attentions on Condit who he claims is a more well-rounded, harder hitting and overall more dangerous opponent than Diaz.
As a result he says he will have to change his training camp completely, but despite that he points out that it’s a fair fight as Condit has the same notice period as him.
Former WEC welterweight champion Condit has been on fire in the UFC over the past couple of years, racking up four wins against quality opposition in Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and most recently Dong Hyun Kim.
Significantly he’s also been delivering exciting, dynamic fights along the way, picking up two ‘Knockout Of The Night’ and one ‘Fight Of The Night’ award.
All in all the news of Diaz being removed is hugely disappointing, but make no mistake – GSP Vs Condit has all the making of a highly entertaining title scrap.
Of course the one missing piece of the puzzle here is BJ Penn who was originally scheduled to fight Condit at UFC 136 earlier in October.
According to White the latest developments have happened so fast that he’s not even had time to inform the Hawaiian of what’s going on, and he fully expects the former champion to be less than happy with the news.
While it’s unclear what will happen next for him it may be that he will now have the opportunity to face Jon Fitch for a second time as was originally planned earlier in the year.