The last time Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz met inside the Octagon, the former snagged the UFC’s interim welterweight title.
The unanimous decision victory didn’t come without controversy though.
Some MMA fans found the 48-47, 49-46, and 49-46 scorecards turned in by the judges a bit controversial, while others criticized Condit for his footwork-heavy gameplan against Diaz.
The “Natural Born Killer’ failed to live up to his moniker that night, spending a majority of his time circling away from Nick, while landing just enough shots to impress the judges.
Given the controversy surrounding Diaz and Condit’s UFC 143 encounter, it wasn’t much of a surprise when the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s president, Dana White, tried to organize a rematch.
Condit was willing to trade shots with the Stockton native at UFC 171, but, according to White, Nick wasn’t interested.
“The fight was offered to me. I agreed,” Condit explained during a UFC 171 pre-fight conference call. “I thought the first fight, there was obviously a lot of controversy after the fact. Probably a rematch a lot of people want to see; a lot of hype, a lot of buzz. It’s the type of fight I want to be in, so I pretty much agreed right off the bat. Nick, for whatever reason, I’m sure he’s got his reasons, didn’t take the fight. In the future I would be interested in the fight. I think rematches are always intriguing, especially when they’re close like that one.”
Diaz’ refusal led to the current Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley UFC 171 matchup. The winner of that bout will likely get a shot at the winner of the Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler matchup.
For now, Condit remains focused on getting past Woodley — who is coming off an impressive knockout victory against Josh Koscheck.
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