Poor Carlos Condit. After working his way up through the ranks of the welterweight division, the Greg Jackson trained fighter was awarded a title shot against reigning division deity Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137.
Of course, that was only after Nick Diaz flaked on a few press conferences and was punished for insubordination. Still, if any fighter was worthy of taking his spot, it was "The Natural Born Killer."
Then the following sequence happened: Diaz was matched up against B.J. Penn, St. Pierre hurt his knee, the fight was postponed, Diaz vs. Penn was moved to the main event, Diaz smashed Penn, Diaz called out St. Pierre, "GSP" asked to fight him instead and Condit was pushed out.
Got all that? Good.
Reports quickly came out that Condit, nice guy that he is, had "stepped aside." This was not the case. Here's how he explains it:
"The thing about it is the decision was made before I was even contacted. It wasn't really... I didn't really... The decision wasn't mine. Things happen. This is a bump in the road but I'm excited for my next fight. It doesn't knock me too far down the ladder. ... It's just delaying the inevitable. I'm going to get the title shot."
The good news in all this? Condit was able to soak his tears in a large soda and an entire box of pizza before receiving a call about his next fight. Condit will now take on Josh Koscheck at UFC 143 on Feb. 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A win will mean he gets his shot once again. Assuming the powers that be don't find someone they feel is a better option at the last minute. Hear more from Condit about his rollercoaster ride after the jump.