Nick Diaz's life is a long, strange trip.
He was brought into the UFC to fight Welterweight champion GSP, failed to meet media duties and appeared possibly to be fired, and was brought back on the undercard with a different opponent and no cut of the PPV (estimated by Dave Meltzer to be a $2,000,000 loss). Then GSP was injured and Diaz was elevated to main event, vs BJ Penn. Finally, after beating Penn, Diaz's post fight remarks so incensed GSP that UFC president Dana White decided to make the fight, despite unequivocal words that Condit was next.
"Carlos Condit has agreed to step aside and get the next guy," White explained at the post fight press conference. "I didn't call him up and say (you're out). I like Carlos Condit. I respect him, and yeah. He's getting the title shot. He'll get the next shot at the guy, and he said he wants to fight on that card, too, so he's going to fight on that card. It was a good conversation."
And if Condit loses?
"That would suck," White conceded.
Carlos Condit's manager Malki Kawa expressed dissapointment with the change, via twitter.
"Carlos Condit didn't just step aside. GSP is choosing to fight Nick. Last I checked 'Carlos is the harder fight.' So I guess now he'll fight Nick. Wasn't our choice and not happy about it, BUT it is what it is, and we'll figure some things out. In the meantime, I'm sure Dana White is going to make it worth his while."
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