The internet exploded after UFC 143′s fight between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz. Many fans were upset with the decision, to put it mildly, and Diaz’s talk of retirement in his post-fight interview made the eagerly anticipated grudge match with GSP seem less and less possible for the future. Fight fans who were upset with the decision will now get the rematch they’ve been waiting for. When @justScrap85 asked Dana White if rumors of a rematch that had been floating around were true, Dana White responded: “the rumor is true. Condit did accept the fight today and Carlos is coming on Friday not thurs.” Coming to Las Vegas, that is, to finalize the deal.
My Analysis: I was in the not-so-vocal minority for this fight. Like Dana White, I scored it in favor of Carlos Condit. Although Diaz kept moving forward, I thought Condit landed more strikes (and CompuStrike agreed), countered Diaz’s attacks with good movement and footwork, and in general effectively neutralized his game. (Incidentally, I thought Mike Pierce defeated Josh Koscheck, but that’s neither here nor there.)
However, with GSP sitting on the sidelines for up to a year or longer–and Condit holding the interim belt–turning down a rematch doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. GSP, Condit and Diaz are the highest ranked welterweights. Although I was originally intrigued by the possibility of Koscheck vs. Diaz or even someone like Hendricks vs. Condit, throwing them into the mix would not have the same appeal–or storyline.
Will Condit vs. Diaz II look different? How?