GSP injured; Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit set for UFC 143 Interim Title fightPosted on December 7, 2011, 12:46 PM by Joey Santosus
Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre has been forced to withdraw from his February 4th title defense against Nick Diaz due to an injured ACL. Stepping in to replace the champ will be top contender Carlos Condit, who will now face Diaz in a 170-pound interim title fight.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement today via Twitter.
"GSP blown acl will be out for 10 mos," White tweeted. "Now Condit vs Diaz for the interim welterweight title on Feb 4th in Las Vegas!"
Diaz (26-7) was initially set to challenge St. Pierre at UFC 137, but instead went on to defeat B.J. Penn via unanimous decision after being removed from the title bout. The victory, which extended his current winning streak to 11, was the former Strikeforce champ's first outing under the UFC banner since his submission win over Josh Neer back in 2006.
Condit (27-5) was called upon to replace Diaz when "The Stockton Bad Boy" was removed from the UFC 137 headlining bout, but was left without an opponent when St. Pierre was also forced to withdraw from that match-up due to injuries sustained while preparing for the fight. Currently riding a four-fight win streak in the UFC, Condit's only defeat since signing with the organization was a narrow split-decision loss to Martin Kampmann in his promotional debut.
Diaz vs. Condit will headline the UFC 143 fight card, set to take place February 4th from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner the bout will be crowned Interim Champion and will await an eventual showdown with the reigning champ, St. Pierre, upon his return.