One of the big hopeful headlines coming out of UFC 143 was Dana White saying there could possibly be an immediate Diaz / Condit rematch before GSP comes back:
“Carlos Condit won this fight. No matter how much Georges and Nick hate each other, Carlos Condit won, and I think the fans are mad at the way Carlos Condit fought. Too f—— bad. He came in with a game plan and stuck to it and won.”
“It’s crazy, but, I was thinking it after the fight. You know, people are bitching and thinking it was close or whatever, we can do that fight again before GSP comes back. It depends on Carlos too, he’s really gotta say, and Nick’s gotta say I want to fight him again too.”
Well, Carlos Condit was sitting right next to Dana White during the press conference and he seemed non-plussed at the idea of basically giving Nick Diaz another chance at not screwing up the big money fight everyone wants to see. It’s not like Carlos can just pull the same gameplan out and use it again. A large amount of it’s success relied on Nick Diaz being dumb, and as a fellow idiot once said, “Fool me one, shame on you. Fool me, I ain’t gonna get fooled again!”
Piling on the obvious ‘No’ answer is Condit’s management, who said this today:
“At this point, [a rematch] is not something we’re looking to do,” he said. “We’re looking for Georges. People forget, Carlos waited a long time to get this fight. He was moved around, and shuffled around between fights. He won the fight. It doesn’t interest us at all. I think clearly and decisively, he won the fight. Even [UFC president] Dana [White] scored it for him. All of the opinions that matter scored Carlos as winner.”
In addition to pointing out the unanimous judges’ decision as well as White’s opinion, Kawa noted that fight statistics showed Condit out-landing Diaz. FightMetric stats had Condit landing 159 total strikes, and Diaz landing 117.
“It was a performance that was excellent,” Kawa said. “He picked apart a very formidable fighter. Two judges saw it four rounds to one, and one saw it three to two. The fact that he didn’t stand and bang with him? I’m sorry, not every fighter has to do that. He did what he had to do, and that goes to show me that this guy is mature, he’s fighting fights that are smart.”
Condit had a lot of success taking a page out of the playbooks of Dominick Cruz and Lyoto Machida (circa 2007 before his daddy demanded more aggression). Unfortunately for him, most fans think those playbooks suck. He made his bed, now he has to lie in it. His bed full of money and title shots. Poor Carlos!