Nick Diaz pulled from UFC 137 Headliner; Carlos Condit steps in to challenge GSPPosted on September 7, 2011, 04:21 PM by Joey Santosus
After failing to appear for multiple media commitments, Nick Diaz has been removed from his UFC 137 title fight with Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and will now be replaced by top contender Carlos Condit.
UFC President Dana White broke the news today at the UFC 137 Press Conference, explaining that after booking multiple flights for Diaz, the former Strikeforce champ failed to arrive and has not been in contact with the organization.
"Nick Diaz missed his flight on Tuesday," White explained. "He apologized and I re-booked him a flight to make it to Toronto and he text me saying he couldn't make that flight either. I told him he needed to play the game, I told him he had to promote this fight, he had to show up for press conferences and Nick looked me in my face and lied to me. He said he'd do it. Nick Diaz has lost his opportunity at the Welterweight Championship. Carlos Condit is taking his place. When we called Condit and offered him this fight, he started crying and had to call us back 15 minutes later. I don't know what else to say. It blows my mind."
Condit was initially scheduled to meet BJ Penn in the co-main event, but will now step into the headliner riding the momentum of a four-fight win streak. While White said Penn had not yet been informed of the change, he promised something special was in store to fill the vacated slot.
"I've got to talk to B.J. Penn now too," said White. "He doesn't know about it and he's gonna be one seriously pissed off Hawaiian."
St. Pierre, meanwhile, who will look to make his seventh consecutive title defense on October 29th, said he gave Diaz the benefit of the doubt when he missed his flight to Toronto, but admits to being shocked by today's no-show.
"To tell you the truth, when I went to Toronto and he didn't make it, I didn't judge him right away," St. Pierre stated. "I thought something happened to him. I don't know the guy. Then I talked to some people and I heard what happened and that's really unprofessional... I just learned the news not too long ago, I'm surprised, I'm shocked, I dont' know what else to say.
I have to reorganize my training camp completely. Condit has way more power, way more diversity of attack than Nick Diaz has. I think he's gonna be a way more dangerous opponent than Nick Diaz. I was happy to fight Nick Diaz because he's been saying a lot of things about me. He was champion of an organization and I am champion of the UFC. I do think if Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit would fight, I think Carlos would win. I would put my money on Carlos Condit."
Though White was uncertain regarding Diaz's future with the promotion, he did say that barring a vindicating explanation, the Cesar Gracie trained fighter would likely be released.
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