It’s kinda a moot point at this moment, but for the record Carlos Condit would like you to know he was going to take that Nick Diaz rematch. Here he is telling Sports Illustrated about his conversation with Dana:
“So I called him,” Condit said. “…We talked about [the fight] a little bit. He said he thought that I won, but at the same time a lot of people were calling for the rematch and it would be a huge fight. The day before I had told my manager that I’d be into a rematch, and I told Dana White the same thing. I said I’m down. Let’s just figure out the details and we’ll do it.”
Condit’s manager, Malki Kawa, had sounded considerably less enthusiastic about a rematch the day before, telling MMAFighting.com that it was “not something we’re looking to do,” but to Condit, it made sense. Even after going home and watching the fight on tape he felt he’d earned the decision, he said, “but I could see how it was somewhat of a controversial decision. It was close.”
So he told White he’d do it. And why not? As he explained, “I don’t think I need the rematch. I won the fight; I think I’d win a rematch. But the thing about it is, I want to be in big fights, fights where there’s a lot of buzz, a lot of people wanting to see the fight, and a rematch with Nick Diaz fits the bill.”
There’s ton’s of reasons why not. But it seems like Carlos Condit will do anything the bosses ask of him. Give up a title shot? Okay. Give it up again and rematch the guy you just beat? Okay. Give Zuffa brass oral pleasure? Okay. This just goes to show you why managers are supposed to take these kinds of calls. And why the UFC pulls a runaround on them.