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

October 31, 2011

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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