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George St-Pierre Blows Out ACL, Condit Vs. Diaz for Interim Belt: Fan’s View
In the early afternoon of Dec. 7, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White tweeted about another injury that will hurt a UFC event. This time, one of the greatest fighters in the sport today will be our close to a year.
" GSP blown acl will be out for 10 mos. Now Condit vs Diaz for the interim welterweight title on Feb 4th in Las Vegas!!"
The grudge match between the always respectful Georges St-Pierre and the always brash Nick Diaz was set to take place during Super Bowl weekend. UFC 143, taking place from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev., will now feature Diaz facing Carlos Condit for the interim UFC welterweight title. Condit, also originally on the Super Bowl card against Josh Koscheck, will get a chance to warrant the UFCs belief in giving him a title shot before Diaz earned his shot back.
The new fight sets up an interesting battle between an excellent boxer and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner in Diaz, and a well-rounded fighter in Condit. While many fans may hope to see a Diaz win, setting up a unification bout with GSP at some point near the end of 2012 or early 2013, Condit can't be overlooked.
He has won four in a row, and aside from a split decision victory over Jake Ellenberger, has done so with ease. Condit won't be scared by glitz and glamor of a title fight, as he is the former (and final) World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion.
For Diaz, he has been on a tear during the past three and a half years, winning 11 straight, including wins over B.J. Penn, Paul Daley and Hayato Sakurai. Diaz likes to beat people up, but has a solid chin and doesn't mind working off his back.
This fight will be a fun one to watch, but in terms of marketing, the UFC needs more star power with their annual Super Bowl show. Without the possibility of seeing GSP, Anderson Silva or Junior dos Santos because of injury, the promotion may look to signing Dan Henderson or another big name to help fill the void in the co-main event slot. With pay per view buys already hurting, this is something the UFC will desperately need to look at.
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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of mixed martial arts since the days of Tank Abbott and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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