The Ultimate Fighting Championship hosted a press conference Thursday to announce a welterweight title unification bout between reigning king Georges St-Pierre and interim champ Carlos Condit (Pictured) will headline UFC 154. A “Champion vs. Champion” affair, if you will.
However, despite the fact both fighters can stake claim to being the division’s top dog – as each had a bling-bling belt placed in front of them on the podium – neither of the 170-pounders wanted to be recognize as the weight class’ ruler.
“For me, in my contract, I was supposed to defend my title every year and I couldn’t do it because of injury,” St-Pierre stated. “So the real champion to me is Carlos Condit and it’s up to me to take the title. So I’m going for the title shot. That’s how I see it.”
Prior to December’s knee operation, St-Pierre was originally scheduled to defend his hardware against Condit at UFC 137. The baddest welterweight in bare feet hasn’t been seen since beating Jake Shields at UFC 129 in April 2011. The fight marked his ninth consecutive victory and sixth straight title defense.
“Rush’s” extended absence forced the UFC to manufacture a 170-pound belt. Condit captured the fabricated title by taking a controversial decision win over Nick Diaz at UFC 143 in February.
Because he took a crown that wasn’t sitting on GSP’s head, Condit doesn’t believe he has the right to consider himself king.
“I’m not the official champ,” Condit expressed. “Georges has been such a dominant champion over the last couple of years that, until somebody beats him, he’s the champion. He’s the undisputed champion.
“That’s my mind set. Until I beat him, I don’t feel like I’m the true champion.”
The two “challengers” will collide November 17th in St-Pierre’s backyard of Montreal. Perhaps a clear-cut ruler to the welterweight throne will be determined then.