UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit appeared on HDNet's Inside MMA Monday night to reiterate that he has no interest in fighting anyone besides UFC welterweight title holder Georges St-Pierre in 2012.
“The bottom line is, I have my heart set on fighting Georges St-Pierre," Condit told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten.
"If Georges is back this year, even if it’s…later…even if it’s November, which is what’s being thrown out there, I’m waiting for Georges and that would be my next opponent.”
A former WEC welterweight champ, "The Natural-Born Killer" also went to say that if he fights someone other than GSP, it's not going to be until 2013.
Interestingly, Condit said the higher-ups of the UFC have not been pressuring him to defend the interim title he won against Nick Diaz at UFC 143.
“The UFC, I think, is looking at it from a business standpoint. They want to see the bigger fight, and basically, the biggest fight is me versus Georges St-Pierre," Condit stated matter-of-factly.
"That’s basically the sentiment I’ve gotten from Dana and some of the other UFC brass. I would love to fight some of these guys. There are some great contenders."
"Jake Ellenberger’s had a phenomenal run. Martin Kampmann just had a great fight, and I would love to avenge that loss, but Georges St-Pierre is one of the top stars in the sport, and a win over him would catapult me to a different level,” Condit added.
After losing a close split decision to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 18 in April 2009, Condit went on to win a controversial split decision over Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 19 in September 2009.
Ellenberger has recently made it clear that he feels Condit is ducking him, but that does not seem like it is going to be enough to coax the interim champ into signing up for a rematch.