Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will no longer be fighting MMA veteran Carlos Condit at UFC 137. GSP pulled out of the fight on October 18, after suffering a knee injury while sparring on Oct. 18.
“It’s GSP’S knee,” UFC president Dana White tweeted. “We will sit Carlos to wait for GSP. It’s looking so far like he could be ready in a couple months. Still early to tell”
UFC 137 is scheduled to take place on Oct. 27, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With GSP out of UFC 137, Carlos Condit has also been pulled from the fight card.
“Oh, shut the [expletive] up,” Condit told MMAjunkie.com when he heard the news. “I’m pretty disappointed, man. That’s, wow. Just disappointed, that’s all I can say.”
UFC veteran Josh Koscheck offered to fight Condit at UFC 137, but White respectfully declined. Instead, the UFC president will stick with his plans to save Condit for GSP.
With the fight between GSP and Condit pushed back a bit, it will be interesting to see what the UFC decides to do with the winner of the BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz contest. The fight between the two boxing savvy BJJ experts will now be the main event at UFC 137, and the winner is expected to get a title shot.
Diaz’ camp has already expressed a desire to make it a five round encounter, and I’m sure many MMA fans wouldn’t mind watching the two go at it for 25 minutes. The UFC already plans to make all main event fights five round encounters, starting from the Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz fight scheduled for UFC 138. However, with UFC 137 only nine days away, it’s unlikely White will grant Diaz’ wishes.
Many MMA fans were looking forward to the GSP vs. Condit fight, and they’ll have to wait a bit longer before it happens. The UFC 137 fight card still has a few more intriguing matchups like Penn vs. Diaz, Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo, and Dennis Siver vs. Donald Cerrone, and it should still be an entertaining fight card.