LONDON ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Carlos Condit of the United States defeats Dan Hardy of Great Britain by knock out during their UFC welterweight bout at the O2 Arena on October 16 2010 in London England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Carlos Condit may have gotten a UFC welterweight title shot against Georges St. Pierre more through Nick Diaz's shortcomings than any specific thing Condit did himself, but Carlos and his team say they were ready to make the most of their opportunity. Unfortunately, after an almost full training camp, the fight won't happen after a knee injury put GSP on the sidelines.
Condit's trainer, Mike Winkeljohn, says that the injury to GSP may have actually been a good thing for Carlos in the long-term (via Sherdog):
"Maybe it's a blessing in disguise," Winkeljohn told the Sherdog Radio Network's "Beatdown" show. "We had a game plan. We felt real good with it, but Chris Luttrell and I were talking about some things we'd like to see Carlos do, but we figured it was too late to even try to implement those things because the fight's coming up and you can only fill your fighter's head with so much information. In a way, now we can come up with a couple of more things to put us in a couple of better positions for this fight."
Despite some feeling that the UFC will skip Carlos' title shot should Nick Diaz beat B.J. Penn in the now main event UFC 137, UFC president Dana White says that won't be the case and that Carlos still will get his shot.
It will be interesting to see if Condit's camp can keep him from overtraining while continuing to get him ready in small doses for the shot at GSP. The one area where the challenger may have an advantage when the fight eventually does go down is that he'll fully trust his body (GSP may still be hesitant to trust his knee) and will have only been working toward the fight, not getting himself healthy.
Time will tell if Winkeljohn is correct that the fight is truly a blessing in disguise.