Earlier this week, UFC president Dana White revealed Carlos Condit (Pictured) preferred not to break in his freshly-minted interim welterweight belt until 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre returned from injury.
Many thought White would pump the breaks on that strategy because it would defeat the purpose of why he created the manufactured crown to begin with. However, MMA’s big boss revealed Wednesday that he not only agrees with Condit’s mindset, he would employ the exact same game plan.
“If you’re Carlos Condit, you just fought [Jake] Ellenberger not too long ago, I’d wait for GSP,” White frankly stated at the post-fight press conference.
After Ellenberger’s impressive victory over Diego Sanchez, many thought a rematch between he and Condit was the next logical bout to make. With St-Pierre hoping to return by November at the earliest, “The Juggernaut’s” meteoric rise and the fact he and Condit fought to a controversial split decision in September 2009, a summertime sequel seemed to fit like an MMA glove.
It would be a different story if Nick Diaz was available for an immediate do over, but with that fight unavailable courtesy of a flunked drug test, White has no qualms with Condit riding the pine until GSP comes back. With a blockbuster pay-per-view payday coming his way in a welterweight title unification bout against one of the UFC’s biggest draws, it’s easy to comprehend Condit’s logic.
While some might think Condit’s move leaves Ellenberger out in the cold, the skyrocketing 26-year-old completely agrees with the decision and he would execute a similar maneuver if the roles were reversed.
“The rematch with Condit, I would love to do that, but my job is to be prepared every time I get in there,” Ellenberger stated.
White suggested Ellenberger’s next opponent could be the victor of the Cinco de Mayo tango between Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks. That winner would then likely advance to a championship affair.