When UFC 137 first came together it was Nick Diaz who was slotted in the main event facing welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Two missed press conferences later and Diaz was yanked and former WEC champion Carlos Condit got the shot instead.
Unfortunately for both Condit and St-Pierre, an injury to the champion forced the fight off this weekend’s card in Las Vegas and put them both on the sidelines until they could face each other at a later date.
Now Diaz is matched up with former welterweight champion B.J. Penn in the main event of UFC 137, and if he’s victorious he will obviously take another step up the ladder in the contender’s list at 170lbs.
But could a Diaz win possibly vault him over Condit into the shot at GSP?
“Condit’s in,” UFC President Dana White confirmed. “Condit’s sitting and waiting. GSP should be 6 to 8 weeks, he’s just got to have some rehab on his knee.”
Regardless of Diaz or Penn’s performance for that matter on Saturday night, Condit won’t be pulled from his title shot.
Condit was never actually asked or offered another opponent to remain on UFC 137 once St-Pierre dropped out due to injury.
The UFC had intended all along for Condit to face GSP, but White’s statement just solidifies his place as the No.1 contender.
Now Condit just awaits word that St-Pierre is healthy and a date and location can be named for their UFC welterweight title fight.