If Carlos Condit exits UFC 143 tonight with the interim title in tow it appears he has plans to defend the belt before potentially facing linear champion Georges St. Pierre in November. Though “The Natural Born Killer” hasn’t discussed his plans publicly one way or another, his manager recently revealed the possibility of Condit taking out another top contender in a few months as a means of continuing to build up his profile until he’s a legitimate superstar in MMA.
Contrarily, the man Condit faces tonight – Nick Diaz – will apparently take the opposite approach, opting to fight as a middleweight while holding on to the interim strap until GSP returns from injury.
“I don’t blame them,” said Malki Kawa (Condit’s manager) to MMAJunkie Radio of Diaz’s team’s decision before continuing, “But if there’s another fight that makes sense stylistically, a guy staying busy – I’ve seen – is better than a guy who takes long breaks.”
“You can build a bigger fan base and get people excited,” he continued, adding, “It’d make the GSP fight even bigger…So if the right opponent steps up, I think we maybe need to take the fight.”
Catch Diaz-Condit tonight to see what the future of the division holds when they meet on PPV with the broadcast starting at 10:00 PM EST. Prelims are on Facebook/FX starting three hours earlier.
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