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White Says “Condit’s In,” Regardless of UFC 137 Results


Many fans and experts have predicted that Saturday night’s main event winner, whether it be BJ Penn or Nick Diaz, would get the next shot at the welterweight strap that is currently held by the injured Georges St. Pierre. However, today UFC president Dana White made it clear that Carlos Condit will remain the number one contender regardless of the outcome between Penn vs. Diaz on Saturday night. White’s exact words were, “Condit’s in.”

UFC 137 has been a crazy shuffle filled with replacements, swaps, and injuries. Diaz was originally set to fight GSP on Saturday but was demoted when he missed a mandatory presser for the fight. He was then paired up with Penn while Penn’s original opponent in Carlos Condit was moved up to fight St. Pierre for the belt. Then St. Pierre injured his knee while training for UFC 137 and was forced to withdraw from the card. Condit immediately decided to sit out and wait for GSP to mend and return to the cage.

That’s when the talks of a new number one contender emerged. However, those rumors were squashed today by White who made it very clear that Condit is indeed the next contender to fight for the welterweight strap.

White also explained that St. Pierre’s injury doesn’t seem to be too extreme and projected the Champion’s return to come sometime in February with a “six to eight week” rehabilitation time-table. And waiting for him when he returns will be “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit.

Still, even with Condit getting the next shot at GSP’s crown, Saturday night’s main event fight between Penn and Diaz will be one that has a heavy impact on the welterweight division. The winner will likely seat themselves at the top of the division with a title shot looming in the near distance. But regardless of all the implications that “might” come out of this fight I feel it is necessary to clear all of this talk out of the air so that we can enjoy Saturday night’s main event for what it is truly going to be: two former champions and legendary warriors of the sport doing battle in Las Vegas in front of a sold out crowd and millions watching from home. UFC 137 is now only three days away. Fight fans, it’s time to get excited!

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16 Comments to White Says “Condit’s In,” Regardless of UFC 137 Results

  1. Ly-er_Ly-er says:

    Okay then, what if “Condit” becomes injured around Feb.? Not wishing that on him, but just sayin stuff can happen??!? LOL

  2. Mike Diaz says:

    You got that right JC. Im fired up for this scrap. I see it like two pit bulls getting ready to leap at one another. All this other talk about that there is no real storyline leading up to this fight in order to produce big numbers, that’s all bulls***. You don’t have to hype up the Hawaiian Prodigy! You don’t have to hype up the former Strikeforce WW Champion! Anyone who needs to watch hours of media drama to tell if the fight is going to be collosal is a moron. Sold out crowd, Rogan commentating, Buffer announcing, IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTSSS TIIIIIIIIIIIMMMMEEEEE! PENN NATION!!!!!!!

  3. James Maney says:

    Sounds like a plan… And whenever this fight finally takes place. I think we will hear…”and new welterweight champion of the world…The Natural Born Killer…Carlos Condit

  4. Donnybrook says:

    As it should be… GSP will dismantle Condit.

  5. John says:

    Condit dosen’t even seem in the same league as guys like Diaz, Fitch, Penn. This blows.

    • zach says:

      Then you obviously haven’t watched his fights in WEC and ufc and seen how much he’s improved, Condit has a huge chance and taking the belt, he’s dangerous on the ground and striking wise, and he is also ever improving. I would personally love to see Condit take the belt from gsp but well have to wait and see what happens

  6. The Dude says:

    The UFC has to do this. GSP has 2 wins over BJ, who has a very good chance to beat Nick, so they might as well give Condit the shot since he’s fresh meat for GSP rather than risk having the only option be a third fight against a guy he beat twice.

    The best 170 pounders in the world are guys GSP has destroyed and worse, most of them won’t fight each other, GSP has to fight someone, no one wants that someone to be Jon “Smokebreak” Fitch, he just killed Kos, brutally pounded Bj and I don’t think Nick, with his history of getting whooped by UFC wrestlers has much chance, but he does offer a good fight, if he can get past BJ, the pre-title fight press conferences and other various beauty pageants needed to even get to the title shot….

    Condit is the best available guy who hasn’t gotten raped by GSP and will actually show up to his commitments.

  7. Jrock says:

    Uhmm Condit not in the same leagueas the rest of the top welter weights?are you high john?Cause last time I checked Carlos has the highest finishing ratio out of all of them.No disrespect to anyone. Give the guy the respect he deserves. Watch everyone turn around and everyone turn around and start kissing ass like there a Condit fan if he wins the belt which I think he will..

  8. Dan says:

    Was happy to see Diaz mess up and lose a title shot he didn’t deserve.

  9. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Really though… How long will Condit be on the shelf for the Welter weight battle? If he gets injured he might lose his title shot. Possibly to the Anderson Silva super fight.

    • mmaislandjunkie says:

      condit should want to fight the winner of bj v nick. but i cant blame the guy i bet everyone in the world wants to kick gsps ass.

  10. Craig j says:

    Condit is only one in ufc to beat ellenberger, McDonald and stun gun and also knocked out dan hardy in the first round, I think condit well and truly deserves the title shot!!!

  11. Jujutsu Player says:

    He was a stand in for Diaz so no he doesn’t deserve a title shot. If Diaz wins it should be him, if BJ wins I would probably lean towards Condit with the winner fighting BJ.

  12. MMA-ster says:

    I think that most people agree that Condit is def. a top fighter, but really not ready for a title shot. Remember though, the only reason he got it is b/c Diaz fucked up and was taken off the main event. Dana is just keeping his word for him, which is pretty solid. Hope the fight date doesn’t drag though.

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