As if UFC 137 wasn't crazy enough, UFC President Dana White just announced that welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has pulled out of his fight with Carlos Condit due to injury. Condit had originally been scheduled to fight B.J. Penn, but he was moved into the main event after Nick Diaz no-showed two consecutive press conferences. White's tweet announcing the news:
This leaves the UFC in an interesting position. With less than two weeks away from the event, it's unlikely they'll find a replacement for Condit to fight. It's even more unlikely they'll find a replacement for Condit to fight in the main event. So Penn and Diaz, it would seem, slot into the top spot, which of course puts the UFC in the hilarious position of having Diaz in a position where he has to carry some of the PR load.
Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times tweets that "UFC leaders" told him that St. Pierre went down with a knee injury in camp.
MMA Junkie broke the news to Carlos Condit. His response:
"Oh, shut the [expletive] up," a flabbergasted Condit told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) when told the news. "I'm pretty disappointed, man. That's, wow. Just disappointed, that's all I can say. But I gotta go, brother."
Expect a rash of updates throughout the upcoming days.