In the spirit of the season, UFC 137 dealt with a nightmare earlier today when it was announced welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre had withdrawn from the October 29 show after suffering a knee injury in training. As a result, BJ Penn’s bout with Nick Diaz has been bumped up to headliner status while St. Pierre’s scheduled opponent, Carlos Condit, has also been removed from the October 29 card.
No timetable has been given on St. Pierre’s return to the ring though it his injury has been labeled as a “bad sprain” and will likely keep him out of action for at least a few months. The unfortunate news was first revealed through Dana White’s Twitter and has since been confirmed by all involved parties.
“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,” said Condit in a prepared statement from his management team. “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.
“I have trained for over a decade in MMA 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,” he concluded.
Nothing official has been announced regarding what bout will fill the vacancy created by the removal of St. Pierre/Condit, though potential candidates currently on the preliminary portion of the card include Eliot Marshall vs. Brandon Vera, Ramsey Nijem vs. Danny Downes, and Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran.
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