After beating Nick Diaz by mildly controversial unanimous decision at UFC 143, Carlos Condit was put into a difficult spot. UFC president Dana White suggested that a rematch between the two might be the way to go, an idea our own Kid Nate supported.
Condit already lost his scheduled title shot against Georges St. Pierre after the UFC took it away and gave it to Diaz following his win over B.J. Penn. When GSP got hurt, it gave Condit a chance to face Diaz and the win gave him a version of a championship and guaranteed a shot at Georges St. Pierre and the legitimate welterweight title.
So for his camp, the idea of fighting Diaz again is not that appealing right now. Or at least that's what Condit's manager, Malki Kawa, told MMA Fighting:
"At this point, [a rematch] is not something we're looking to do," he said. "We're looking for Georges. People forget, Carlos waited a long time to get this fight. He was moved around, and shuffled around between fights. He won the fight. It doesn't interest us at all. I think clearly and decisively, he won the fight. Even [UFC president] Dana [White] scored it for him. All of the opinions that matter scored Carlos as winner."
They have told other sites that they're willing to wait until roughly November to fight GSP, any longer than that and Condit will need another fight to keep busy. At that point a rematch could be talked about.
Thoughts on this after the jump...
As for me? I completely understand not wanting a rematch here. Diaz is a tough fight for anyone and Condit did his job and won the bout. He has already been pushed aside because of Diaz once, why should he not get his shot at GSP (assuming he is ready in time) again?
And what if Diaz pulls off the win the second time out? Does he get a shot at GSP right away? If so, why? It would seem the only fair thing to do in a 1-1 split would be to have the rubber match. Of course, that wouldn't happen because the UFC wants a fight between GSP and Diaz, it's something they felt they could market easily and is a bigger fight than Condit/GSP.
So Kawa is completely in the right to say that they don't want to rematch Diaz. There is almost nothing to gain and everything to lose in a rematch. Condit beat Diaz the first time around by sticking to a disciplined strategy, he isn't likely to suddenly engage in a firefight the second time around, so if he wins the same fight it's not going to do wonders for his reputation with people who hated the first fight. And if Diaz can make the correct adjustments to cut the cage off rather than chase, Condit loses and almost certainly doesn't get a rubber match as Diaz gets the title shot.
I can see no reason not to hold out for his shot at St. Pierre.