The new UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit has taken the offensive by saying he doesn’t care about Nick Diaz failing his drug test.
"I don't care," Condit said. "The thing about it is, it's something they test for. It's against the Nevada [State] Athletic Commission [rules]. I don't really consider it to be a performance-enhancing drug, but the fact is, they're testing for it. And you know they're testing for it. Whatever you do in between camps, if you know they're testing for this stuff then you've got to figure something out. In the past, he's said, 'Oh, I can smoke and I can pass these tests no problem.' That attitude kind of came back and bit him in the ass," Condit told SI.com.
At UFC 143, Condit and Diaz locked horns for the aforementioned title, with the winner guaranteed a shot at the division’s perennial titlist Georges St-Pierre.
Diaz, who thought he’d done enough to capture the belt, felt hard done by, when a unanimous verdict was read out by the judges, a decision that prompted the Stockton native to take drastic measures—his retirement from MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).
If that wasn’t a bitter enough pill to swallow, he was then informed that he’d tested positive for marijuana metabolites, a banned substance that more or less will culminate in a fine and ban by the (NSAC) Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Although Condit won the bout, there were those who felt the fight was too close to call in favor of the latter and thus a rematch was bandied about.
And with UFC President Dana White's sign of approval, a rematch was set in motion, until news of the Californian’s positive drug test threw a spanner in the works.
The controversial decision, the rematch cancellation and Diaz’s failed drug test has in no small part taken the shine off Condit’s moment of glory, and he isn’t too chuffed about it.
“Honestly, I don't,” he said. "It was not as satisfying as it should be, with all this stuff that went on afterward.”
That said, “The Natural Born Killer” is still looking forward to his date with destiny and the contentment that will follow if he can usurp St-Pierre as the 170-lb kingpin.
“Ultimately, I see Georges St-Pierre as the champion," Condit said. "I'm not satisfied until I fight and beat the champion and I'm the undisputed welterweight champion. That's when I'll be satisfied.”
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