Cesar Gracie puts the brakes on Condit vs. Diaz II discussionPosted on February 8, 2012, 02:27 PM by Joey Santosus
Just hours after receiving confirmation that the newly crowned Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit had accepted, it now appears that the rematch between he and Nick Diaz will not happen.
UFC President Dana White announced late Tuesday evening that Condit had, in fact, agreed to face Diaz in a rematch, revealing that the Jackson's MMA fighter would be headed to Las Vegas on Friday to finalize the bout.
However, contrary to such reports, Diaz's manager, Cesar Gracie, has already put the brakes on any possible negotiations. When reached for comment by MMAJunkie.com, Gracie said only "no" in response to whether or not there would be a rematch, but declined to offer any further explanation.
Controversy arouse surrounding the outcome of their first meeting, which headlined last Saturday's UFC 143 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Though heavily favored to defeat Condit and move on to challenge Georges St. Pierre for the undisputed Welterweight title, Diaz found his normally high-volume offense stifled by a patient, more strategic Condit.
Despite outstriking Diaz, landing 46 more significant shots than the former Strikeforce champ to sweep the judges' scorecards and win a unanimous decision, many fans, as well as the Cesar Gracie team, felt that the "Stockton Bad Boy's" forward movement and aggression should have earned him the nod.
While the debate has shown little signs of slowing in the days that have followed, with the possibility of a rematch now off the table, "The Natural Born Killer" will remain the interim champ and await the return of Georges St. Pierre.
Further Reading: Dana White: Carlos Condit has accepted the rematch with Nick Diaz
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