LAS VEGAS – Carlos Condit (27-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has replaced Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and now fights UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) at next month’s UFC 137 event.
At a press conference in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White today announced the news, citing difficulties in getting Diaz to show up for scheduled media events this week.
“He looked me right in my face and lied to me and told me he’d do [the promotional commitments],” said White, who played a video promoting Condit as Diaz’s replacement.
“Nick Diaz can’t handle the pressure of a major main event. … That’s what I think.”
UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The night’s main card, including St-Pierre vs. Condit, airs on pay-per-view.
Condit was scheduled to fight B.J. Penn in the co-headliner of UFC 137. That fight obviously has been scrapped, and White said he’ll need to talk to Penn about a possible next fight.
White expressed his disgust and disappointment with Diaz, who no-showed Tuesday’s press conference in Toronto and today’s presser in Vegas. Diaz left Strikeforce and vacated his welterweight bout to re-sign with the UFC, where he hasn’t fought in five years, for the opportunity to fight St-Pierre.
“I’ve had my reservations about this kid,” White said. “Nick Diaz has lost his opportunity at the welterweight championship, and Carlos Condit has gotten it.”
White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he’s not sure if Diaz will get future fights in the UFC, so he hasn’t counted out the possibility he’ll still fight in the UFC. Regardless, White said Condit, the WEC’s final 170-pound champ, clearly wanted the opportunity against St-Pierre.
“When we called Carlos, he started crying and had to call us back 15 minutes later because he was so happy,” White said.
“I just don’t understand how someone doesn’t show up for an opportunity like this,” St-Pierre said of Diaz. “I just can’t believe it. It’s amazing.”
(Pictured: Nick Diaz)