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Dana White reaffirms that Carlos Condit is next in line for welterweight title shot

Chael Sonnen thinks the winner of B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz at UFC 137 on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas is getting the next 170-pound title shot against Georges St. Pierre.

Cesar Gracie agrees and wants Diaz to fight St. Pierre next if the former Strikeforce welterweight champion can finish "The Prodigy" this weekend in "Sin City."

Unfortunately for them (and fortunately for Carlos Condit), that decision is up to Dana White, who told reporters yesterday at the UFC 137 press conference (via 5th Round) that no matter the outcome on Saturday night, "The Natural Born Killer" is still next in line.

"No, Condit’s in. Condit’s sitting and waiting. [Georges St-Pierre] should be [out] six to eight weeks. He’s just gotta have some rehab on his knee. Hopefully it doesn’t lead to surgery."

St. Pierre was forced to withdraw from the UFC 137 headliner after injuring his knee in training camp. Condit opted to preserve his 170-pound title shot, which he absconded from Diaz after the Stockton slugger failed to play by the rules.

Now Diaz has a chance to make a convincing argument that he is indeed the second best welterweight on the planet, if he can somehow find a way to overcome the dangerous Hawaiian.

Even if he does, he may need to take another fight while he waits for St. Pierre and Condit to settle their differences. As of now, the only forecast we've heard for the champ's return is "early 2012."

Any fight fans out there want to see the winner of Penn vs. Diaz get the next title shot? Or does it belong to Carlos Condit, for better or for worse?


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