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Carlos Condit Didn’t Step Aside, GSP Chose to Fight Nick Diaz Instead

Posted on by Damon Martin

Carlos Condit and Dan Hardy at UFC 120

Carlos Condit and Dan Hardy at UFC 120

It’s not everyday that a fighter earns a title shot and it’s even less often that a fighter agrees to step aside to let someone else take their place in a championship bout.

Well, don’t put Carlos Condit in that category just yet.

On Saturday night following Nick Diaz’s win over B.J. Penn, the UFC decided to give Diaz the next crack at champion Georges St-Pierre, most likely during the Super Bowl weekend show in 2012.

UFC officials stated that Carlos Condit agreed to step aside to allow Diaz and St-Pierre to square off after Diaz blasted GSP in the cage following his win.

Following the fight, MMAWeekly.com spoke to Condit’s manager Malki Kawa, who simply stated that ‘stepping aside’ isn’t what happened.

“We didn’t step aside. That’s not what we do,” Kawa wrote in a text message to MMAWeekly.com. “GSP doesn’t want to fight Carlos.”

According to UFC President Dana White, Condit will fight on the same Super Bowl weekend card as the title fight between GSP and Diaz, but against a different opponent.

If Condit is successful, he will still get the next crack at the UFC welterweight title.


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  • Santz

    I bet Condit received a nice check never to be mentioned for stepping aside.

  • shakejunt

    Perhaps Rumble Johnson?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001041200903 gabrielquintero

    That’s bullshit condit shoulda got the title shot

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    Yeah after all the bullshit drama surrounding Diaz’s antics before UFC 137 the only one who got screwed in the end was Carlos Condit. Pulled from the Penn fight, pulled from the GSP fight, and now left with nothing. That’s not right.

    • wonggfan

      Blame Joe Silva and Dana’s way of match making. Pretty much contenders rarely fight each other. If the #1 contender loses to the champion, the UFC wouldn’t match him up against the #2 contender. The #2 gets a title shot.

      Condit should fight KOS or Fitch. Diaz should fight Condit, KOS, or Fitch. But I guess matching those guys up against GSP means more money.