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With UFC 143 in the books, many fight fans are bemoaning the loss of the much-anticipated match-up between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and former Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz, but is it because they've been blinded by the emotional build-up and the Diaz mystique?
An unbiased comparison of the resumes between the Stockton slugger and new Interim 170-pound champion, Carlos Condit, clearly shows what St. Pierre himself said in the now-infamous Diaz no-show press conference: "The Natural Born Killer" is a tougher challenge for him.
And a more deserving contender.
Condit may not have the polarizing charisma to sell as many tickets as Diaz, but realistically, he poses a much more serious threat to the throne. This is also a better fight. As a die-hard St. Pierre fan, this fight makes me nervous, whereas the Diaz fight looked like a cakewalk, comparatively.
Lets look at some key facts the Diaz bandwagon seems to overlook:
Condit has as many finishes as Diaz has total wins.
With 13 KOs and 13 submissions, Condit is the most well-rounded guy GSP has fought since Penn, maybe ever, and he's much bigger and more powerful than Penn was. There's nowhere GSP can take this fight and feel safe.
Condit's only loss in the last six years was a split decision to Kampman in his UFC debut.
Condit finished his last five UFC opponents, all but Hardy are current UFC contenders, not Strikeforce wannabes.
Diaz has only one meaningful win over UFC-level talent. And we all know how inconsistent Penn is, especially at anything over 155-pounds. Before that, Diaz's biggest win was over Robbie Lawler EIGHT YEARS AGO!
Diaz has NEVER beaten a serious wrestler or takedown artist. In his previous UFC stint, he lost to Karo Parisyan, Sean Sherk, and Diego Sanchez. He hasn't faced a serious wrestler since.
Condit finished Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald, both undefeated before and since they lost to Carlos. He also finished Jake Ellenberger who hasn't lost in four years -- except to Condit. That's three contenders who haven't lost a fight in the UFC to anyone but "The Natural Born Killer."
I honestly think Carlos Condit could well be THE MOST DANGEROUS FIGHTER GSP HAS EVER FOUGHT!
Add to that the fact that GSP will not have his master game-planner Greg Jackson in his corner and that many of his coaches are currently coaching Carlos, and the fact that GSP will be coming off a VERY long layoff and major surgery that could seriously hinder his explosiveness and power, and I see this as very possibly the toughest test of St. Pierre's career.
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