After posting back-to-back no-shows to promote “UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz,” which included three missed flights, company president Dana White made the decision to pull the plug on Nick Diaz.
Prior to Wednesday’s press conference, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta tweeted, “Anyone know where nick diaz is?”
Shortly after the presser began, White revealed Carlos Condit would be St-Pierre’s new challenger on October 29th. Condit received the promotion just moments before the announcement was made, so he was not able to attend the press conference in time. However, he issued a statement expressing his gratitude.
“The timing was perfect for this to all come together,” Condit expressed. “First I want to thank the UFC for allowing me this opportunity and also my agent Malki Kawa who saw an opening and took advantage of it.
“With me already fighting on that card, I will need to make some adjustments to get ready for a new opponent, but my actual training is still right on schedule.”
Condit was slated to co-headline the card opposite BJ Penn. While facing the future Hall of Famer would have been an honor, the chance to challenge for the title against the division’s greatest was a no brainer.
“It’s an honor to be able to fight for the championship, especially against one of the legends of our sport in Georges St-Pierre,” stated Condit. “I’ve been fighting for nearly a decade and there has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears that has gone into that. A lot of sacrifices have been made both personally and professionally, and I’m looking forward to showing the UFC that I am deserving of this opportunity.”
After coming up short in his big league debut, Condit has since reeled off four consecutive wins, which coupled with Diaz’s disappearance, earned him the nod.
White said those that purchased tickets expecting to see the former Strikeforce welterweight champion face St-Pierre would be eligible for a refund. However, he does not believe there will be many in line waiting to do so.
UFC 137 takes place inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center.