Should Nick Diaz Get An Immediate Rematch With Carlos Condit?
At UFC 143, Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz in a competitive — albeit slightly underwhelming and somewhat controversial — fight to win the interim welterweight title and a shot at current champion Georges St-Pierre later this year. It was a closely contested battle where Condit utilized his smarts and stuck to a strict game plan of circling the cage rather than using his brawn, ultimately earning a unanimous decision victory with scores of 49-46 (twice) and 48-47. Despite fight fans calling “bullsh*t” on the scores and Condit’s style of “points over power,” it appeared that the new interim champ was content on waiting for the injured St-Pierre to become healthy rather than leaving the door open to a rematch against Diaz. After all, Diaz abruptly “retired” from fighting after the scorecards were read, so why give him another opportunity? Right?
Well it appears that UFC President Dana White has been pondering the prospects of a rematch since the fight ended and tweeted late Tuesday evening that there will in fact be a Diaz vs. Condit II before a St-Pierre fight. Surprisingly, Condit has apparently softened his stance on not engaging in an immediate rematch and will jeopardize his shot at GSP to prove that the first victory was no fluke. The fight could happen this summer, which will give just enough time for the winner to heal by November.
But what happens if Nick Diaz wins the second fight? That’s not a prospect that anyone has discussed as of yet. It would certainly throw a monkey wrench in GSP’s immediate future as Condit and Diaz would surely have to face each other in a third fight. Maybe St-Pierre will take another fight before facing the winner. Maybe not. Who knows? With White planning to make a formal announcement on Friday, all of our questions will hopefully get answered.