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Carlos Condit has time on his side.
That's because the UFC welterweight number one contender will be riding the pine until early 2012 following an injury to reigning division champion Georges St. Pierre, who was forced to withdraw from their UFC 137 title fight originally booked for Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.
There are, perhaps, two schools of thought moving forward.
Instead of cramming for the big exam, Condit can now revisit several different aspects of his training camp that may have been glossed over during initial preparations. Then again, it's been said that a knife can only be sharpened for so long before it becomes dull.
"The Natural Born Killer's" striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn, is choosing the former (via Sherdog.com):
"Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. 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."
Condit's biggest hurdle to clear will be the Canadian's wrestling.
St. Pierre has baffled many had-hitting sluggers en route to easy unanimous decision wins, including Thiago Alves at UFC 100 and Dan Hardy at UFC 111. He's also demonstrated a superior jab when paired against another offensive wrestler in Josh Koscheck at UFC 124.
Can the extra time to prepare give Condit the necessary skills to upset the champ? Or is St. Pierre just too good to be defeated by the former WEC titleholder?
What are your thoughts on St. Pierre vs. Condit, take two?