It's been a heck of a ride for Carlos Condit thus far and it's not even close to being over yet.
Just hours after learning that his title shot against Georges St. Pierre (thanks Nick Diaz) has been postponed for the near future due to a GSP knee injury, Condit released a statement on the situation through his management team.
The full text is after the jump.
“I am greatly disappointed, for both myself and UFC fans, that I will no longer be fighting for the Welterweight title at UFC 137, but I also understand that injuries are a part of this business.
As a professional fighter, it is my job to be prepared for any and all circumstances, positive and negative, that come my way during training and the actual fight. Georges is a great competitor and I know that he will want to return to 100 percent health as soon as possible so that this fight can be rescheduled.
This is the best training camp I have ever had, and I look forward to continuing the growth that I’ve experienced in this camp in my next one.
I have trained for over a decade in mixed martial arts with the clear goal of becoming the best fighter in the world at my weight class. I have worked this long to become the UFC Welterweight Champion. I will work a little longer.”
So now that Condit on the sidelines, St. Pierre will join him with what is being considered a "bad knee sprain" that was suffered this afternoon at the Tristar gym in Montreal. Firas Zahabi has the details:
“He was sparring today and he hurt his knee,” Zahabi confirmed to Sherdog.com. “I had a feeling it was bad, but then, once he cooled down, he started limping. There’s no way he would be able to fight.”
According to Zahabi, the injury is currently being classified as a “bad sprain” following a trip to the doctor. The trainer said that the sprain would significantly limit St. Pierre’s ability to punch or kick. St. Pierre’s injury occurred during a shoot boxing session, which mainly consists of standup sparring but also incorporates takedowns.
As for which fight will fill in the empty slot on the UFC 137 main card, I originally speculated that either Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver or Jeff Curran vs. Scott Jorgensen would take it. However, it was brought to my attention that scheduled Spike TV bouts are rarely ever moved to the main card. Marketing reasons I guess.
That doesn't Scott Jorgensen didnt at least campaign a little bit:
“The big one, the big GSP announcement today, every single person needs to look at that card. I heard Condit’s also pulling off, he’s not going to take any other fights, he wants the title fight. That leaves a gap on that main card,” said Jorgensen when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio on Tuesday. “You look through that card and you tell me who the hell is more exciting and a better fighter than me on the rest of that card?”
Too bad it looks like it's going to be Brad Tavares and newcomer Dustin Jacoby.