Yesterday’s news that Georges St-Pierre was forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 137 title defense against Carlos Condit sent shockwaves throughout the MMA world, but nobody was more affected than Carlos himself. Rather than risk his title shot by facing a new opponent on the card, the UFC and Condit elected to pull out of the event in favor of facing St-Pierre in early 2012.
The following are statements from Condit and his manager, Malki Kawa.
Statement From Carlos Condit Regarding Fight Cancellation:
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
Statement from Malki Kawa, Condit’s Agent/First Round Management CEO
“Carlos Condit is the top contender in the UFC’s welterweight division, and as such, the most logical decision for him is to be ready for the title shot he has earned against Georges St-Pierre as soon as St-Pierre is fully recovered.
While it is disappointing that he will not fight on the UFC 137 card, it is my hope that fans understand that this is the best matchup at this weight class. Carlos is hungry for the title shot and when this fight is rescheduled, he will be ready to show the world what made him the top contender.”