Carlos Condit was blunt and to the point during a recent press conference when asked about not defending his interim UFC welterweight championship.
Condit stated that the UFC never offered him a fight. Instead, they wanted him to wait and unify the belt with Georges St-Pierre.
Well, Saturday night, Condit will do just that, as the two collide in the main event of UFC 154 from Montreal.
Malki Kawa, the manager for “The Natural Born Killer,” further explained Condit not making a defense of his interim title in an interview with MMA Weekly.
(Condit) called me a few times after the (Nick) Diaz fight and asked me to set up a rematch (with Martin Kampmann). He asked me when Johny Hendricks started talking, he wanted to fight him. When Kampmann said he was the No. 1 contender, Carlos wanted to fight him. So Carlos actually wanted to take other fights. I was pretty instrumental in telling him to chill and take it easy.
Kampmann and Hendricks meet in the co-main event Saturday. The bout has not been called a No. 1 contender match, but it likely will provide the next challenger to the title.
Kawa went on to say, “there’s no bigger fight than Georges St-Pierre. So to me, it just didn’t make financial sense, or any type of business-sense, or any type of fight-sense, to take any other fight in the interim.”
Condit scored his share of the UFC title when he defeated Nick Diaz earlier this year.