Nick Diaz is out of UFC 137’s main event against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre after no-showing promotional appearances for the bout, including Wednesday’s UFC 137 press conference, where UFC President Dana White announced that former WEC champ Carlos Condit would instead challenge St-Pierre at the Oct. 29 event in Las Vegas.
Condit had been scheduled to fight in UFC 137’s co-main event against BJ Penn, who must now be booked for another matchup, possibly including a rematch with fellow contender Jon Fitch.
“The timing was perfect for this to all come together,” Condit said in a statement. “First I want to thank the UFC for allowing me this opportunity and also my agent Malki Kawa who saw an opening and took advantage of it. With me already fighting on that card, I will need to make some adjustments to get ready for a new opponent, but my actual training is still right on schedule.”
“It’s an honor to be able to fight for the championship, especially against one of the legends of our sport in Georges St-Pierre. I’ve been fighting for nearly a decade and there has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears that has gone into that. A lot of sacrifices have been made both personally and professionally, and I’m looking forward to showing the UFC that I am deserving of this opportunity,” Condit added.
The UFC 137 video announcing St-Pierre vs. Condit as the new main event is below:
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