UFC: Carlos Condit Loses Shot at Title Not Once but Twice
The world is buzzing about the upcoming championship showdown between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.
But Carlos Condit is in disbelief, due to the biggest opportunity of his life being taken from him twice in the same month.
The former WEC welterweight champion was originally slated to face St-Pierre for the UFC title at UFC 137, but an injury in training forced St-Pierre to withdraw from the bout.
UFC President Dana White decided to postpone the title and ensured Condit would get his shot at a later date.
With the St-Pierre and Condit bout postponed, the welterweight showdown between Diaz and B.J. Penn was named main event of UFC 137.
Leading up to the fight, there was talk coming out of Diaz's camp about the former Strikeforce champion surpassing Condit as the No. 1 contender, depending on his performance against Penn.
Still, White assured Condit his spot was safe.
Regardless of the outcome of the Diaz-Penn bout, Condit would still be facing St-Pierre for the world title.
On fight night, Diaz impressed the MMA world, picking Penn to pieces in the second and third rounds and earning a unanimous decision.
At the end of the fight, Diaz grabbed the microphone and issued a challenge both St-Pierre and the UFC could not refuse.
"Where you at Georges? Where you at mother (expletive)?," yelled Diaz. "I don't think Georges is hurt, I think he's scared. I think he's scared to fight everybody right now."
According to White, St-Pierre "flipped out" over Diaz's comments. He pleaded for the bout with Diaz, and it didn't take long for the UFC to cave.
At the post-fight press conference, White handed Diaz a shot at the UFC title.
"Nick needs motivation. He's got it. He's going to fight Georges St-Pierre," White said. "Carlos Condit has agreed to step aside and get the next guy. [St-Pierre] said, I quote, '[Diaz] is the most disrespectful human being I've ever met, and I'm going to put the worst beating you've ever seen on him in the UFC.'"
Who turns down a UFC title shot?
Not Carlos Condit, according to agent Malki Kawa, who issued a statement to Inside MMA.
"We are obviously disappointed in the UFC's decision to cancel its commitment with Carlos Condit to give another fighter an opportunity at the welterweight title based on emotional reactions from UFC 137."
"Contrary to what has been stated, Carlos did not step aside to allow this to happen, and would not just hand over an opportunity for him to achieve his greatest career goal, one that he has earned through strong performances in the Octagon. No option was given to him."
"For the second time in less than two weeks, Carlos has had an opportunity swept out from beneath his feet. He has shown nothing but pure class in his drive to the title, and will continue to do so."
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