Breaking news from the desk of UFC President Dana White -- and it's a doozy.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has suffered a knee injury (again), described as a "blown ACL," and will be out of action for 10 months, effectively ending his participation on the UFC 143 pay-per-view (PPV) fight card for Feb. 4, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
GSP blown acl will be out for 10 mos. Now Condit vs Diaz for the interim welterweight title on Feb 4th in Las Vegas!!
Nick Diaz will remain as event headliner, but will now fight Carlos Condit for the promotion's Interim 170-pound title. That leaves "The Natural Born Killer's" original opponent, Josh Koscheck, without a date to the big dance.
This is the second time St. Pierre has been forced to withdraw from a headlining title defense against Diaz, which will no doubt do little to convince the fiery Stockton slugger that he ain't "scared."
"Rush" pulled out of their UFC 137 main event back in October after spraining his medial collateral ligament (MCL). It was not torn and St. Pierre was quickly re-booked to face Diaz, who bumped Carlos Condit from the number one contender spot after retiring B.J. Penn back on Oct. 29.
Now both Condit and Diaz get the opportunity they've wanted since day one: To fight for the UFC welterweight title. In fact, PPV buys notwithstanding, this 170-pound war could meet and perhaps even exceed the fireworks expected in the original billing.
Time will tell.
We're a little less than two months away from the new-look UFC 143 fight card. Aside from being bummed (or overjoyed) that St. Pierre is out of the picture, what was your initial reaction to the pairing of Condit vs. Diaz?
And do you agree with the inclusion of an Interim belt?
Lots to talk about Maniacs, have at it.