The ever elusive Diaz vs. GSP fight has once again been put on the shelf following a recent announcement made by UFC president Dana White that GSP’s knee is far from healthy.
Dana stated, “GSP blown ACL will be out for 10 mos. Now Condit vs. Diaz for the interim welterweight title on Feb 4th in Las Vegas!!”
The welterweight division has had a barrage of instability starting with UFC 137 when Diaz was removed from the main event against GSP for missing two consecutive pre-fight press conferences. Following his removal, the UFC opted to put Carlos Condit in for the title and Diaz was demoted to the co-main event against BJ Penn.
It was GSP who then was forced off the card due to an injured knee damaged in training and Condit was forced to sit on the sidelines having traded his position to face BJ Penn for his own chance at the world title against GSP.
GSP vs. Condit was rescheduled and the two were set to face each other until a brash Diaz got into the head of GSP with a variety of insults which eventually prompted the champion to request to face the Stockton fighter, Nick Diaz, as soon as possible in the place of Condit.
Condit was than scheduled to face off with Josh Koscheck and Diaz with GSP in February’s main and co-main UFC 143 featured bouts. However, in this circle of top welterweights nothing ever seems to go as planned.
With the recent announcement that welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is injured and out for 10 months Condit will now face off with Diaz in the main event of UFC 143.
For this first time since Shane Carwin beat Frank Mir at UFC 111 in 2010, the organization is set to put in place an interim title in the champions extended absence. The bout will serve as the first interim title bout in nearly two years.
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