Despite Shuffling the Deck, UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit Sold Out

September 9, 2011
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Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit

Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit

Even though the UFC 137 fight card was turned upside down and inside out this week, that didn’t stop fight fans from snagging up tickets to the Oct. 29 event at a brisk pace.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit sold out within a few hours of being made available to the general public on Friday. The fights take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The fight card started out with a headlining bout pitting UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre against former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz with BJ Penn and Carlos Condit in the co-main event.

When Diaz blew off several public relations appearances and around $15,000 worth of airline flights, according to the UFC president Dana White, he was unceremoniously removed from the main event, eventually swapping spots with Condit.

The main event now features St-Pierre putting his belt on the line against Condit, while Diaz makes his return to the Octagon against Penn.

“It’s been a crazy few days here at UFC, but there’s no doubt that UFC 137 is going to be an incredible card,” White said on Friday. “GSP is on his way to becoming the best welterweight of all-time, but Condit wants that belt. He’s knocked out his last three opponents and couldn’t be more fired up for this fight. Plus, we’ve got BJ Penn taking on Nick Diaz in what could be one of the most intense fights of the year.”

UFC 137 also features heavyweight battles pitting Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Roy Nelson, as well as the UFC debut of Japanese star Hatsu Hioki, who will battle veteran George Roop.

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  • clizzark

    Dana is slow. GSP has been the best WW of all-time for some time now…

  • sirreadsalot10

    I don’t want to hang on GSP’s man satchel, but I think he might be the best of all time regardless of weight class. He has no apparent weaknesses. His stand up, wrestling, and jiu jitsu are all top shelf where as Anderson Silva’s striking is far superior to his ground game (though it doesn’t suck). I just think GSP is a more complete fighter. The one drawback to my conclusion is that GSP has a suspect heart when things aren’t going his way. He got clocked by Matt Serra and tapped from strikes. I never saw a fighter with heart tap from strikes (Edgar vs Maynard for example). I think the only way to beat GSP is to put him on the defensive and test that heart. The problem is he is so skilled that it is almost impossible to put him in that position. Shit, I’m starting to ramble.

  • rampage01

    People can say whatever they want about gsp, but he sells card pretty easily.

    And clizzark is right GSP is ww g.o.a.t, I don’t even know how u can debate that.

    Dana is quick to proclaim silva the g.o.a.t,but cannot proclaim gsp, the g.o.a.t ww, thats bs.

    • XIRandomHeroIX

      The difference is Silva finishes fights. Now I’ll agree GSP has no apparent weakness and his fights are always one sided but GSP has not finished anyone since Penn’s team threw in the towel, where as SIlva routinely puts his opponents away and that is what gets Dana off

      • rampage01

        gsp is the greatest welterweight of all time, period.

        the greatest fighter, not right,but he’s sure the g.o.a.t WW. And dana can admit that

  • shseeley

    at first i thought condit didnt deserve this fight but then on second thought…it could turn out to be a huge upset. gsp
    s the man, no doubt.. but he has finishing issues…condit on the other hand certainly does not, he goes out there to get shit done..and usually does. bet this turns out to be one hell of a fight. im glad dick niaz let himself sober up for long enough to realize he was going to get stomped and tried to weasel out of the fight, hate to see something weird happen and to see the belt on that pos.

  • phrankthetank

    Damn, I was toying with the idea of flying out to Vegas for this one. Guess my decision was made for me. If condit hadn’t koed his last two opponents in devastating fashion, GSP might have outpointed him on the feet. However, as it stands, Georges will put condit on his ass and pound him out. I expected GSP to finish Diaz by GnP, but I think condit has a hell of a lot more heart. I predict a very lopsided decision with a fight somewhat reminiscent of GSP vs Fitch. As for Diaz vs Penn, I think Penn is better in every aspect, as long as he can get inside diaz’s reach and nullify the jab. I say Penn by submission or TKO in the 2nd

  • epyonx1

    All I know is that I want Penn to carve a fist-sized crater into Diaz’s face; One for all the disappointed fans.

  • madona

    Diaz vs gsp was more interesting.
    So was Condit vs Bj Penn

  • Darren2112

    GSP is the G.O.A.T. at WW. But they said that about M Hughes 5 years ago and I suspect they will be saying that about someone else 10 years from now.

    The sport is evolving, the kids today are way better at MMA than they were 10 years ago. Infinitely better.

    Now you have kids starting MMA at 8-10 years old, instead of studying another combat form (wrestling, BJJ, Karate, ETC) then converting to MMA after their wrestling career is over.

    J Jones and Rick Story and H Aldo are just the tip of the iceberg my friends. I dont think we’ve even seen the Michael Jordan or the Wayne Gretzky of MMA appear on the horizon yet.

    The best and G.O.A.T. are still to come.

    Oh, and I got my tix for UFC 137.

  • judo johnson

    this seems a little WWF, BJ vs Nick is cool but i think they will build some BS to sell some PPV’s


  • shseeley

    amen brother.

  • Danjitsu

    I like these match ups better actually. BJ starched Hughes and drew with Fitch – he is still a force. GSP is more well rounded then Silva just because of the wrestling – Silva’s stand up is way better and his jits is better as well. Silva GOAT easily and GSP best ww ever.