Nick Diaz Out; Carlos Condit Faces Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137

September 7, 2011
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After two missed press conferences and $15,000 in missed flights, Nick Diaz has been yanked from the UFC 137 main event against Georges St-Pierre. Carlos Condit has stepped in to take his shot at the title on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.

UFC president Dana White made the announcement on Wednesday.

“Nick Diaz has lost his opportunity at the welterweight championship, and Carlos Condit has it,” White stated.

According to White, Diaz missed a flight to Canada on Tuesday to promote the fight, and later asked to be rebooked for a later trip. Diaz then missed two more flights, and stopped returning White’s calls and messages.

At that point, White and the UFC had no options left but to pull Diaz from the fight and replace him with Carlos Condit. Diaz has apparently still not returned any calls to this point and the press conference on Wednesday was his notice that he will not be fighting for the UFC welterweight title.

“Diaz is going to find out on the news that he’s not fighting Georges St-Pierre, maybe he’ll call me back then,” White stated.

During the press conference, Diaz’s manager and trainer Cesar Gracie actually called White on the phone and apologized for the situation.

“I apologize and I agree with you 100 percent with what you’re doing,” Gracie told White over the phone.

With Diaz pulled from the fight, co-main event fighter Carlos Condit has been bumped into the title bout and will now face Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137.

“The timing was perfect for this to all come together. First I want to thank the UFC for allowing me this opportunity and also my agent Malki Kawa who saw an opening and took advantage of it. With me already fighting on that card, I will need to make some adjustments to get ready for a new opponent, but my actual training is still right on schedule,” Condit said in a statement on Wednesday.

“It’s an honor to be able to fight for the championship, especially against one of the legends of our sport in Georges St-Pierre. I’ve been fighting for nearly a decade and there has been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that has gone into that. A lot of sacrifices have been made both personally and professionally, and I’m looking forward to showing the UFC that I am deserving of this opportunity.”

Condit was slated to face B.J. Penn in the co-main event on the card, so he has already been in full training getting ready for UFC 137. Many had pegged Condit as the next contender if he was able to get past Penn, but he’ll get his shot at GSP now.

Coming into UFC 137, Condit will be riding a four-fight win streak including victories over Dan Hardy, Jake Ellenberger, and Rory MacDonald.

“This kid absolutely deserves this title shot,” White commented about Condit.

As far as Nick Diaz goes, he remains missing in action with no word from him at this stage in the game. His future with the UFC is up in the air as well, and White will re-assess his situation later.

“We’ll see what happens,” White stated about Diaz’s future with the UFC.

Georges St-Pierre, who admitted he was upset at the actions of Nick Diaz, stated that he believed Carlos Condit was ‘more dangerous’ and has already switched his attention to his new fight.

As for Condit’s original opponent, B.J. Penn, White said that he is working on something right now for him to remain on the card against a new fighter, but details are still being worked out.

UFC 137 takes place on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas with the new main event pitting Georges St-Pierre against Carlos Condit.


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  • shereko

    That wanna be thug is absolutely worthless… I’m not a GSP fan but, he would have gotten owned like his buddy Jake did and he knew it and was scared… UFC should fire his lil bro while they are at it.

  • http://www.studiokaiser.com studiokaiser

    Homie got scared.

    • shereko

      haha “Don’t be scared homie” … I say no disrespect to Condit, but just ditch this fight and go straight to the Anderson Silva vs GSP super fight now.

  • bajafox

    FML, I like Condit and would really like to see him fight for the title but I really wanted to see Diaz vs. GSP more than anything (except for Cain v. Anybody)

    Hopefully Nick will release a statement soon, this really sucks

  • Nick Morris

    Diaz is a f’n dipshit! what a loser…I actually was pulling for this loser now I HOPE HE NEVER FIGHTS AGAIN!

    • collideoverme

      Did you expect any differently? Diaz sucks.

  • judo johnson

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WTF WTF WTF, what a waste of talent

  • mbazid

    What a freaking IDIOT.
    Dana should fire his ass right now.
    The chance of a life time and he thinks he can do whatever he likes.
    What a waste.
    I hope he goes and does his boxing thing and get knocked the f out.

  • Rasslin

    reminds me of a comedy sketch by Paul Mooney – about if you want to be successful you have to be grinning (I’m paraphrasing).
    Diaz wasn’t grinning and now we might never know how good he could have been

  • ajmadic

    FUCK YES!!!

    WAR CONDIT!!!!!!!!!

  • KevinBrazil

    Diaz is a loser he would have got his ass handed to him and he knows it. He probably got high the other day and knows he can’t pass the test. He is also stupid because even though Dana could make a ton of money off him, if you piss Dana off your done, and now that the UFC owns strikeforce where’s Diaz gonna go? Look at Fedor he had his chance Dane could still make some money off him but Dana will never let him fight in the UFC. This is gonna cost Diaz millions and Dana is gonna stick it to him cause everyone wanted to see this fight. BYE BYE LOSER.

  • Bob

    I have been a Diaz fan for a long time and I remember his early interviews. The latest interviews- left me worried for his health! That is why I am happy to see fighters like Lytle exit on their own terms. This is not a sport that many can have a long career at.

    In the US, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, (CTE) has set off alarm bells through the $8 billion industry that is American football. Previously, CTE was only ever seen in professional boxers, and the sole cause is repeated head trauma. Mohammed Ali no doubt has it, as evidenced by his Parkinson’s-like symptoms.

    CTE is one of the less publicised causes of dementia. In fact, US footballers have around 20 times the normal rate of early dementia. Their life expectancy is around 50 years, and they have 10 times the chance of developing major depression. Most alarming, a 21-year-old player recently committed suicide and was found to have CTE at post-mortem.

    The problem with CTE is that it can only be diagnosed after death. CAT scans and MRI’s don’t show up even severe damage caused by a toxic protein released during a knock to the head. In the early stages, it affects personality and causes mood changes, increased aggression, poor decision making, depression and addictive behaviours including alcohol, drugs and gambling, not to mention domestic violence.

    • Cptmats

      Sry dude but you lost all credibility the second you said “I have been a Diaz fan for years” !

  • bdono554

    Sorry Bob, but if you knew anything about this sport you’d know that concussions and head trauma happen at a much, much lower rate in this sport than football. I’d bet Diza’s outside the cage habits and his apparent vaginaitis in the face of a real challenge are the causes of his strange behavior.

    • Cptmats

      True, look at his interviews ! Diaz has always been a babbling fucking idiot !

  • shereko

    LOL He might feel bad reading these comments… wait, I doubt he can read. See ya in jail and broke homie.

  • KevinBrazil

    Bob, if your argument is that Diaz is sitting out because of the possibility of CTE, it might hold water if he’d been KO’d a number of times. I don’t ever remember seeing him get KO’d. Look I think Diaz is a top 10 PFP fighter. But he’s an idiot or has bad people around him. He knows Dana wants him to hype the fight all he has to do is play the game everyone know that. If he’s too arrogant to do that then Dana won’t put up with it. Dana said in a press conference when they signed Diaz “ I know you don’t like it… but just play the game and you’ll make a ton of money”’

  • clizzark

    That emo would rather sit at home and get high than fight for a championship. It’s nice to see he he has priorities in order.

  • ShockednAwed

    Wow, what a Diaz. I just wonder if he prefers being known as a complete douche within the MMA community now, versus just another beaten-up contender, which is what he would have been known as… :D

  • God

    Carlos Condit is a great guy. Had lunch with him at the Hard Rock a couple years ago when he was in the WEC. Very humble dude. Good for him.

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

    HAHAHAAHAHAHAAA

    HAHAHAAHA

    Hold on, I’m not done holding my sides

    HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAA

  • shakejunt

    Psyched for this one! Condit deserves it and is more than capable of putting GSP in some trouble.

  • BigGuy

    The Diaz brothers are both piles of shit! They are the trash of this sport. Fire that asshole!

  • phrankthetank

    So… Diaz made the threat ” give me gsp or I’m gonna box instead” got GSP, then what? Realized “oh fuck I’ve been callin out this guy for years and he’s gonna beat me like a redheaded stepchild, I’d better fuck this up somehow!” whatever, condit is more deserving anyway and I am looking forward to this fight.

  • johnnylopes

    awful call on Dana, that “personal call” was a bad buisness move…. GSP will destroy Condit, this is not even a PPV worth buyin, there gonna get some chump for BJ and one of them cards were the newest fan can predict the winner, Dana is bein a cry-baby, the only competition for GSP and your gonna pull him? The card will barely be bough and Dana is gonna have to give GSP almost half of it, BAD BAD BAD MOVE from DANA, dont let personal things come intbetween buisness

    • shereko

      Johnnylopes… thats an ignorant statement. Show me who Diaz has beaten that overshadows who Condit has beaten? The amount of PPV dollars is substantial and GSP isn’t getting a big chunk of that either way… plus Penn has to agree to a fight, he won’t agree to a soup can. If Diaz cannot be professional in all aspects he shouldn’t be allowed to fight… it states a PROFESSIONAL fighter, that encompasses more than just getting into a ring/cage. You do the crime you do the time… his “time” in this case is no championship fight. UFC won’t be hurt by this, Diaz will be.

    • Cptmats

      Stupidest comment ever ! Condit is a way better fighter than Diaz ! Diaz wasn’t a threat and didn’t even deserve a shot anyway !