“You know, I’m the champion and the way that works is, I don’t pick my fights. They pick the opponents, and it’s my job to be ready to face whoever it is. But this guy, he said so many things, things that aren’t true. He said these personal things and the way he acted, I don’t like that. I don’t agree with that. I wanted this fight. It is the best thing for me to fight Nick Diaz. He wanted his opportunity, but you know, I wanted my opportunity to fight him, too… This is a fight I am looking forward to very much, and it’s a fight that I wanted very badly. This is a very important fight to me personally. I am glad that the UFC did it for us.”
— Georges St. Pierre telling Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole that he wants to fight Nick Diaz
With the way Dana White described Georges St. Pierre’s backstage reaction to Nick Diaz at UFC 137, I was hoping we might actually get some fiery quotes from the welterweight champ, but I guess that was wishful thinking. That’s okay though. I guess the hook works better if GSP upholds his squeaky clean, nice guy image while a deranged Nick Diaz polishes his bird flipping technique for the press conference he may or may not show up to.
The guy who is genuinely pissed about the whole situation though is Carlos Condit. Well, at least that’s what his manager, Malki Kawa, says. Speaking with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour today, Kawa explained that not only did Condit not “step aside” like Dana White suggested, he’s also pretty upset with GSP for asking to fight Nick Diaz.
“I could understand them coming to us like that,” Kawa said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “The issue with the whole ‘he decided to step aside,’ obviously, that wasn’t the case. There was no just stepping aside. There was a little bit more than that. It’s going to take more than that. I think we’re way more upset with Georges and the way Georges handled it than we are with the way Dana presented it or anything like that.”
“[Carlos’] words were, ‘My heart hurts,'” he said.
“Are we pissed off about it? Absolutely,” he said. “But it’s not like I’ve never been on other end of stick where I put one of my fighters ahead of someone else and another guy got shafted or screwed over. It’s just business, it’s not personal. It’s nothing personal with Georges. Are we upset with him? Absolutely.”
I’m sure it sucks to finally get the title shot you’ve always wanted only to have it yanked right out from under you a few weeks later, but the reality of the situation is it was Nick Diaz’s title shot in the first place. We can argue till we’re blue in the face about who deserves it more, but Condit only got it because Diaz missed a pair of press conferences. As MMA Nation’s Jonathan Snowden put it earlier today, it was Nick’s shot. Condit was just keeping it warm.
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