What would a win at UFC 132 this Saturday do for Carlos Condit or Dong Hyun Kim? Well, if you were to ask either of the welterweights, a victory should catapult them immediately into a title bout.
They’re fighters. What else are they supposed to say? When UFC president Dana White was asked if tomorrow’s pivotal contest inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada would serve as a top contender contest, MMA’s ultimate shot caller wasn’t as certain.
In fact, it hasn’t even crossed his mind.
“I haven’t even thought about it,” White told 5thRound. “I don’t know.”
The impending rematch between Jon Fitch and BJ Penn is likely the front-runner to land next dibs. Prior to their controversial draw at UFC 127, White professed the winner of the February affair would advance to challenge champion Georges St-Pierre for his crown.
Unfortunately for Fitch and Penn, each suffered injuries that postponed their mulligan. GSP has since been assigned to face former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz at UFC 137.
If St-Pierre retains his strap like his early 5-to-1 favorite status indicates, and the Fitch vs. Penn winner gets the next crack, it could be like déjà vu all over again.
GSP has already hung convincing wins over both, including two straight over Penn. Because of this, some enthusiasts have suggested the Condit vs. Kim winner deserves the title tango.
“I don’t know, we’ll see,” White expressed. “I don’t like to make decisions like that, anyway. You like to see the fight first and see what happens.
“[Condit and Kim are] definitely top contenders. We’ll see what happens.”
Condit owns an impressive 26-5 record and has won three straight scraps. He was last seen putting Dan Hardy to sleep at UFC 120 in October 2010.
Kim holds a nearly immaculate 14-0-1 (1 NC) resume. He posted a unanimous decision win over UFC 125 in past New Year’s Day in his last outing.