Esther Lin for MMAFighting
Carlos Condit says his choice to wait and sit out for Georges St. Pierre wasn't solely based on his desire to fight the welterweight champion. The fact UFC never offered him another bout in the interim may have had a little bit to do with it, as well.
Much was made about Carlos Condit's decision to wait and sit out for Georges St. Pierre to return to action in order to unify the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titles instead of taking another bout in the interim, therefore holding the entire 170-pound division hostage.
It was probably for the best, really, seeing as how getting the opportunity to fight one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Just ask Jon Fitch.
At yesterday's UFC 154 press conference, Condit revealed he probably never had much of a choice, saying that matchmakers over at Zuffa never offered him another bought in the meantime, stating they wanted him to fight "Rush" all along.
"Well, first of all, the UFC never offered me or my management any other fight. No other opportunity was brought up. From the beginning, they made it clear they wanted me to fight Georges. And, also, personally, Georges is the guy I wanted to fight, looked up to in the sport, and you know, basically wanted that status for a very long time. Georges is the best in the world and I want to be the best in the world so I have to beat Georges."
On today's fan chat with ESPN SportsNation, UFC President Dana White says it was up to "The Natural Born Killer." He asked, Condit waited.
He said, he said.
Regardless of how it unfolded, it seems the Albuquerque native probably wouldn't have taken a fight either way, seeing as how he wanted to fight GSP all along, anyway. Like longtime professional wrestler Ric Flair says, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man."
Who's da man on Saturday night (Nov. 17, 2012) in Montreal?