A great man once said that if you tweet it, they will come. Yes it seems that after days of
tireless bitching reasonable pleas, we will in fact be treated to a Carlos Condit/Nick Diaz rematch in the near future. DW broke the news yesterday via his Twitter (go figure):
Perhaps the strangest aspect of this story is that it was Condit, not Diaz, who approached White to request the rematch. After being subjected to heated public outcry in the wake of his unanimous decision win at UFC 143, Condit went against the advice of both his camp and his manager to ensure that the fight was booked. So you can say what you want about Condit’s recent performance, but you have to respect a guy who’s willing to possibly lose yet another chance at facing GSP, all for the sake of the fans. That’s three thus far, Shooter.
As of this write up, Diaz has yet to accept the fight, and according to Cesar Gracie, is unsure if he even wants it anymore. Here’s what Gracie had to say on the subject, via his Twitter:
@ufc@danawhite Condit vs Diaz or Gsp will not happen this year. Being interviewed by Ariel Helwanie in 5 minutes. He will break the story.
Less than an hour after tweeting this, Gracie appeared to change his mind, stating that “things are being considered.” Considered? THERE’S NO ROOM FOR THAT KIND OF TALK IN THE 209.
What will be interesting to see is how the UFC markets this rematch, granted Diaz accepts it. Yes, the decision was controversial to many (not to me), and yes, a polarizing figure like Diaz can hype a fight in his sleep, but their first meeting clearly failed to live up to the hype, and are we to believe that Condit will try all that different a strategy the second time around considering his success the first time?
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.
Holy shit. Maybe Nick is more serious than we thought about this whole “retirement” hullabaloo. According to multiple sources, it appears that Diaz has turned down a rematch with Condit due to “issues” within his camp. Apparently Diaz’s coach and manager Cesar Gracie has stated that he believes the rematch will not take place and told The MMA Show that “everything will be out soon,” just a little while ago. Apologies for the vagueness, but that is LITERALLY the best we can offer you at this point in time, as details are still sketchy at best.
Jesus Christ; as I am writing this, I see that CesarGracieBJJ just tweeted the following to Dana White:
@danawhite Nick would rematch in a heartbeat. No extra money needed. He is a true fighter and fights for his team and you fans.
WHAT. THE. FUCK. Cesar, you are making me look like more of a fool than usual with this shit. Ugh. Let’s just assume for now that the fight is off. Now here’s a photo of a bunny with a pancake on its head. Enjoy, and good day, Potato Nation.