Photo of Carlos Condit (L) thumbing Nick Diaz (R) in the UFC 143 main event by Eric Jameson via TheGlobeandMail.com.
Let's run it back.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit has had less than three days to enjoy his shiny new belt. No matter, he's apparently headed back to the scene of the crime, quite literally if you're a Nick Diaz fan, to negotiate a rematch.
One that, according to UFC President Dana White, he requested, despite winning a unanimous decision in the UFC 143 main event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past Saturday (Feb. 4, 2012).
Condit's manager, Malki Kawa, tonight (Feb. 7, 2012) took to Twitter, revealing that the presence of the "Natural Born Killer" was requested in Las Vegas, Nevada, and then White confirmed that he would be in town to hammer out the details.
the rumor is true. Carlos did accept the fight today and Carlos is coming on Friday not thur.... carlos wanted it.
Condit earned a unanimous decision over the Stockton, Calif., scrapper; however; the lopsided result, for most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, went over like a led balloon. Many felt that Diaz, who chased Condit for nearly 25 minutes of their five-round fight, as well as nearly finished him in the waning seconds of it, deserved the nod.
At the very least, a split decision.
However, Condit's accurate counter-striking, backpedaling attack was enough to win the bout in the eyes of the ringside judges, as well as earn him a future date with the true division champion, Georges St. Pierre. Prior to the bout, St. Pierre -- who can't compete until much later this year because of a knee injury -- made it clear that he wanted to fight Diaz, a bout that was originally scheduled to go down at UFC 137 back in Oct. 2011.
But, it never happened for a ridiculous amount of reasons.
And with Condit's win -- one that his trainer, Greg Jackson, and even UFC President Dana White, felt he deserved because the judges got it right on fight night -- combined with Diaz's hasty/bratty post-fight decision to retire from MMA altogether, it seemed that it may never happen.
Never say never.