It’s really beginning to look like Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz just isn’t meant to be.
As seen above, Dana White tweeted just moments ago that GSP has blown out his ACL and will be out of action for 10 months, so in the meantime they’ve decided to do an interim welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit at UFC 143 instead. No word yet on what will happen with Condit’s original opponent, Josh Koscheck.
Major bummer, but at least they’re trying to make the best out of another shitty situation.
Update: Speaking to MMA Junkie, Georges St. Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi refused to disclose how GSP injured his knee but he did confirm that it will require surgery.
“We’re disappointed, but it could have been worse,” Zahabi today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following news that St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) tore his ACL and can’t fight Nick Diaz at UFC 143. “A lot of fighters have come back from that injury, so I expect Georges to make a full recovery and come back better than ever.”
“Fighters have come back from worse, and that’s what I’m trying to keep in Georges’ mind, and I think that’s the most important thing to remember,” he said.
“I’ve been telling him to take it easy now and let his knee heal 100 percent, and he just always tries to find a way to work around it,” Zahabi said. “But now, he’s going to require surgery, so there’s just no way around a surgery. You’ve got to do it, you’ve got to rest, and that’s the bottom line.”
Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie also spoke to MMA Junkie about the situation. They’re obviously disappointed but looking forward to the challenge Condit brings to the table.
“It’s very disappointing,” he said. “We were looking forward to the GSP fight. All of our training has been geared toward that type of fight, and things just changed around on us. It’s going to be different type of fight with Condit. Either way, Nick’s going to come in prepared.”
“I believe he’s better than GSP standing and not as good a wrestler, and [he doesn’t have] as good of a top game,” Gracie said. “I believe standing up, Condit is actually a more formidable opponent. So Nick is not known to force a takedown, so it’s actually a harder fight, as far as standing.”
In an interview with MiddleEasy, Gracie added that he thinks GSP should be stripped of his title.
Update: Georges St. Pierre and his doctor held a media call today to address the injury. His doctor says it was a complete ACL tear in his right knee and surgery is mandatory. He expects GSP to fully recover within 6-9 months following surgery.
GSP says he blames himself for the injury.
“A few months ago I was on top of the world and I’m now I’m in a downfall,” St-Pierre said. “But you recognize a champion from how he comes back from things that don’t go well. Everybody that says bad things and says bad stuff about me right now, mark my words. I’m going to tell you right now, I’m in a downfall in my life, but in a few months, I’ll be back stronger than ever, and I will be champion again. I promise.”
“I believe there is only one person to blame for what happened and it’s myself,” he said. “I’m the kind of guy, I endure pain and go through it. I learned a big lesson in my life. It’s going to make me stronger, smarter and more clever.”
“Some people will say bad stuff about me, that ‘he’s finished,’ and stuff like that,” he said. “What I’m going to tell you is t’s very easy to hit a guy when he’s down. We have a saying in France, ‘The life goes up and down.’ People will laugh because I’m in a downfall, I’m hurt, I’m not a threat to them. But I’ll be back on top, mark my words.”
Given the time frame, it’s likely that the Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit winner will defend their interim welterweight title at least once before GSP is healed and ready to go. Along with some choice words for Condit, Josh Koscheck tweeted today that he plans to be the one holding the interim title when Georges is ready.
Update: Carlos Condit’s reaction: