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1/30/12 5:20 PM
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That leads to questions about how the division will move forward in his absence. And on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, Diaz's manager and trainer Cesar Gracie revealed that if Diaz wins, he'll urge his charge not to compete until St-Pierre is ready to face him.

"If we're fortunate and we win this fight, I would advise Nick to not take another fight before the GSP fight unless it was in different weight class," he said. "We want to wait for that 170-pound thing. The people I speak with, they want to see the GSP fight if Nick is able to defeat Condit. That's where I'm at with it. I'd advise Nick to not take another fight."

Depending on St-Pierre's recovery time, that could lead to a 10-month break between fights, a period that Gracie said could be broken up by a temporary move to middleweight.

Gracie's comment got under the skin of Condit's manager Malki Kawa, who wondered if the Diaz camp was looking past UFC 143 and into the future.

"At the end of the day, if people are writing Carlos Condit off, it's a big mistake," he said. "Carlos is coming to fight. The guy is in great shape. Remember, he was supposed to fight in October. He hasn't stopped training. He's coming to fight and this is going to be a real good fight. And if and when he wins this belt, if [the UFC] wants to put him back out to fight again, Carlos is going to fight again and defend his belt against anyone who challenges him. We're not going to sit around and wait for anyone, not Georges or anybody. If there's fights out there, Carlos wants them."

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1/30/12 5:26 PM
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What is Malki rambling on about? Cesar is not looking past Condit. In fact he prefaces his statement with:

"If we're fortunate and we win this fight..."
1/30/12 5:32 PM
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 who's scared now homie?
1/30/12 5:39 PM
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This is a no brainer.

#1) Nick will have fought four times in a year by the time he fights Condit. He should take some time off. Nick has been a very active fighter and an 8 or 9 month layoff is not unreasonable whatsoever particularly before the biggest fight of his life with much on the line.

It takes time to heal from lingering injuries and prevent further wear n'tear for the longevity of his career. The time off also allows Diaz to work on refining his BJJ and other areas of his game. It also affords him time for triathlons & Gracie Opens

#2) GSP/Diaz is the moeny fight everyone wants to see. Why risk this potential matchup by making Diaz defend an interim title against another contender? What purpose does an interim title defense serve anyhow? It doesn't do Diaz any good. Even in a win, he simply retains his opportunity to fight GSP. And who's to say that fight won't result in a major injury to Diaz?
1/30/12 6:00 PM
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Jamiee - What is Malki rambling on about? Cesar is not looking past Condit. In fact he prefaces his statement with:

"If we're fortunate and we win this fight..."

This.
1/30/12 6:04 PM
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 I'm pretty sure Cesar Gracie knows how dangerous this Condit fight is. IF Nick gets past him I would not blame them one bit for waiting for the GSP fight. That will mark the THIRD time Diaz/GSP has been set up and it would be foolish to give up that opportunity again.
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Diaz should defiantly wait for GSP if he wins, the money and main stream exposure he will gain for that fight is too great to risk.
1/30/12 6:06 PM
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"unless its in a different weight class"

WTF?

So you wont risk fighting anyone else at 170, but will risk losing to another fighter in a different weight class to kill the lustre of a fight with GSP instead.

1/30/12 6:08 PM
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MysteriousNinjaFromMars - Diaz should defiantly wait for GSP if he wins, the money and main stream exposure he will gain for that fight is too great to risk.

Yup
1/30/12 6:10 PM
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slamming - "unless its in a different weight class"

WTF?

So you wont risk fighting anyone else at 170, but will risk losing to another fighter in a different weight class to kill the lustre of a fight with GSP instead.

Exactly, WTF does he mean by that? and which weight class? Phone Post
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Smells like horseshit. They were prepared to sit and wait for GSP rather than take a Koschek fight before, now they will take on all comers.

Aside from that, how could either of them take on a challenger with the interim belt? Would they put the interim championship up for grabs?

If GSP isn't ready to fight by that time then whoever has the interim belt should become the real UFC champ by way of GSP title forfeiture, and then of course both of them will fight anyone else because nobody else is the threat that GSP is.
1/30/12 6:12 PM
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He won't get past Condit.
1/30/12 6:19 PM
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 condit's in for the beating of his life.
1/30/12 6:21 PM
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So they are going to duck an entire division? Phone Post
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LOL @ possibly winning the belt in February, not being injured and waiting until at least November for a fight.  10 months?  Ridiculous.
1/30/12 6:22 PM
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McCorkle at catchweight make it happen Dana
1/30/12 6:27 PM
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Cesar is a wise advisor. If you have Nick's best interest in mind, you'd know that sitting out for GSP is a no-brainer.
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Looks like he's ducking wrestlers like he has his whole career... If he gets past Condit, Ellenberger or Hendricks would finish Nick Phone Post
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Jamiee - This is a no brainer.

#1) Nick will have fought four times in a year by the time he fights Condit. He should take some time off. Nick has been a very active fighter and an 8 or 9 month layoff is not unreasonable whatsoever particularly before the biggest fight of his life with much on the line.

It takes time to heal from lingering injuries and prevent further wear n'tear for the longevity of his career. The time off also allows Diaz to work on refining his BJJ and other areas of his game. It also affords him time for triathlons & Gracie Opens

#2) GSP/Diaz is the moeny fight everyone wants to see. Why risk this potential matchup by making Diaz defend an interim title against another contender? What purpose does an interim title defense serve anyhow? It doesn't do Diaz any good. Even in a win, he simply retains his opportunity to fight GSP. And who's to say that fight won't result in a major injury to Diaz?


This, if Diaz gets past Condit, win or lose he is set for life, money wise, after a fight with GSP. Why not wait, get super healthy and train the fuck out of his BJJ.
1/30/12 6:36 PM
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adame09 - Looks like he's ducking wrestlers like he has his whole career... If he gets past Condit, Ellenberger or Hendricks would finish Nick


You keep telling yourself that, hater.

BJ Penn outwrestled Jon Fitch in the first two rounds. Nick Diaz more or less neutralized BJ Penn's offensive wrestling/BJJ while styming BJ's guard passing attempts & escaped BJ's modified back mount to scramble back to his feet. Nick actually knows how to generate scrambles off of sub/sweep attempts. Scrambles are how good grapplers submit other good grapplers. His threats extend beyond submissions on the ground. His leglocks, kimuras, omaplatas are utilized more-for transitional purposes.

Nick Diaz also submitted ADCC Stand-out Hayato Sakurai with utter ease & Cyborg, a BJJ Black Belt, on the ground within 15 seconds.
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adame09 -  Looks like he's ducking wrestlers like he has his whole career... If he gets past Condit, Ellenberger or Hendricks would finish Nick Phone Post

 finish,  BWAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!
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Because Ellenberger would beat Diaz bad.
1/30/12 11:06 PM
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Condit will be Diaz's 12th fight since 2008, Diaz will only be Condit's 8th fight since then and in the same period of time GSP has fought only 7 times. If Diaz wants to take a few extra months off for once in his career to wait for the biggest fight of his life and the fight that all the fans want to see, he has more than earned the right to do so.
1/30/12 11:15 PM
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Like Condit's management isn't thinking about the what ifs?


gimme a break

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 GSP may be ready for the July 4th ( July 7th) card.

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