On today’s UFC 171 conference call, UFC welterweight Carlos Condit discussed his upcoming bout with Tyron Woodley in the co-main event of UFC 171 on March 15th.
Condit spoke on his readiness to fight and the dangers that Woodley brings with him in to the Octagon.
He also spoke about the original opponent for that spot, Nick Diaz.
The pair was reportedly supposed to rematch at UFC 171 but Diaz turned the bout down but Diaz turned the fight down, according to Condit.
They first fought in the main event of UFC 143 in a title eliminator bout, which Condit won via unanimous decision although some viewers saw the fight for Diaz following a strategic five rounds of Condit evading Diaz and refusing to be caught up in his type of fight.
Condit went on to fight welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre but lost via unanimous decision.
Diaz is not one to turn away from fights and due to a mysterious semi-retirement and a desire for a title shot upon his conditional return, he may just not have interest in a fight that he believes he won.
This is the second time news has surfaced on Diaz turning down a fight with Condit. Here is UFC president Dana White’s statement on the fight when it was first turned down for UFC on FOX 10 last December: “He doesn’t want the fight,” White said at the post-event press. “I thought he wanted the rematch – No. 10 [Diaz] vs. No. 1 [contender Condit]. But he’s not interested. He said maybe he’d be interested in coming back in May.”
White touched on Diaz’s request for a title shot, even then, “He said, ‘I’ll fight the winner of Hendricks and Lawler.’ I said, ‘You’re ranked No. 10. It kind of doesn’t work that way’.”
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