Carlos Condit (Pictured) shed tears of joy after receiving the call that he would be the next to challenge welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre for his crown. On Tuesday, the top contender wasn’t crying that GSP was abruptly forced out of their UFC 137 shootout just 11 days before showtime, but he was still thoroughly disappointed his shot at the throne was postponed.
“I am greatly disappointed, for both myself and UFC fans, that I will no longer be fighting for the welterweight title at UFC 137, but I also understand that injuries are a part of this business,” Condit expressed in a statement released by First Round Management. “As a professional fighter, it is my job to be prepared for any and all circumstances, positive and negative, that come my way during training and the actual fight.
“Georges is a great competitor and I know that he will want to return to 100 percent health as soon as possible so that this fight can be rescheduled.”
The 170-pounders were slated to headline the October 29th pay-per-view broadcast, but GSP suffered a knee injury Tuesday that will keep him sidelined for four to six weeks. Per UFC president Dana White, Condit’s his next dibs status is still intact.
While “The Natural Born Killer” is anxious for his opportunity, he’s willing to wait for the king to return to action.
“This is the best training camp I have ever had, and I look forward to carrying over the growth that I’ve experienced in this camp to my next one,” Condit added. “I have trained for over a decade in mixed martial arts with the clear goal of becoming the best fighter in the world at my weight class.
“I have worked this long to become the UFC welterweight champion. I will work a little longer.”
The previous co-main event between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz was promoted to UFC 137’s featured attraction.