If you haven't heard already, Georges St. Pierre has suffered a knee injury in training and has been forced to bow out of his seventh title defense against Carlos Condit next weekend. B.J. Penn and Nick Diaz will assume headline status.
This sucks actually. In my opinion, UFC 137 could have easily turned out to be one of the most entertaining cards of the year, if not the best. Thanks to a stacked undercard, there are still enough intriguing matchups that the event remains a can't-miss, but the growing feeling that Condit may do better than expected would have made things a lot of fun to watch.'
Dana White broke today's bad news on Twitter:
It's GSP'S knee. We will sit Carlos to wait for GSP. It's looking so far like he could be ready in a couple months. Still early to tell tho.
Putting B.J. and Diaz in the main event was a no-brainer, especially since that fight will likely be an all-out war. I'm super pumped for Hatsu Hioki's UFC debut. Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson remains and I'm hoping that Donald Cerrone and Dennis Siver's potential slugfest will get bumped up to the main card. Jeff Curran-Scott Jorgensen can easily slide into the Spike broadcast.
What's even more interesting is that Diaz's camp is attempting to make the fight with Penn a five-rounder, even though bout agreements have already been signed and approved by the commission for a three-round fight. Anything is possible though, right?
Gracie said he told White that Diaz wanted to change the fight to a five-rounder but had yet to hear back from Penn's camp. After speaking to Gracie, both White and Penn could not be immediately reached for comment.
"Dana is good with it," he said. "We've agreed to it. If BJ agrees to it, we'll make it happen."
Gracie added that there was no hesitation on Diaz's part to agree to a five-round fight after hearing the news of GSP's injury and subsequent removal from the card.
"These guys have to prove they are ready. These guys are fighters. BJ has always said he's a warrior. ... The old school days of MMA, back when it was NHB, they fought forever. Don't be scared, homie. Let's make it five rounds."
Predictions coming next week. More news to come I'm sure.
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