An all too familiar revolving door spun again today when it was announced UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre had torn his ACL and would be out for up to ten months while recovering. As a result, GSP will obviously no longer be able to compete at UFC 143 against Nick Diaz as originally scheduled based on the condition of his knee.
Stepping in for the fallen star will be Carlos Condit who himself was believed to be in line for the title-shot, even booked for it at UFC 137 until St. Pierre backed out with a separate injury, but watched Diaz snatch his spot with a dominating performance against BJ Penn at the same event. Condit was already in the midst of training for a fight at UFC 143 with Josh Koscheck and should be in solid condition already as a result.
Since St. Pierre’s last championship defense came in April an interim belt will be created for the purpose of Condit vs. Diaz.
Both Condit and Diaz are on impressive winning streaks with Diaz’s dating back to 2007 and spanning eleven fights, while “The Natural Born Killer” has put together four victories in a row with success against Dong Hyun Kim, Dan Hardy, Rory MacDonald, and Jake Ellenberger. Each is also known for finishing opponents with Condit putting together 26 stoppages in 27 total wins and Diaz 21 of 26.
UFC 143 is also scheduled to feature Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier, as well as Amir Sadollah in action. It is not yet known if Koscheck will be given a new opponent at the event though it seems likely given the amount of time involved before the February 4 show.
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