Though UFC star Georges St. Pierre may appear to be super-human in the ring it turns out he is very much a mortal man after all, as the popular welterweight champion has apparently torn his ACL while training for an upcoming title-bout on February 4 against Nick Diaz. The situation marks the second time “Rush” has been forced out of a championship defense due to a knee injury.
The unfortunate news was revealed earlier today by UFC President Dana White through his Twitter account. As a result Diaz will now face Carlos Condit on the same card – UFC 143 – with an interim belt at stake.
Condit was already scheduled to fight at the same event with Josh Koscheck as an opponent. He also saw Diaz slide into the contendership slot he’d already been promised after UFC 137, a fact likely adding a bit of incentive to shine against the controversial Californian when they meet inside the Octagon. Condit holds an overall record of 27-5 with twenty-six stoppages and is on a four-fight winning streak including victories over Dong Hyun Kim, Dan Hardy, Rory MacDonald, and Jake Ellenberger.
Diaz, a former Strikeforce champion, is coming off his finest performance to date when he dismantled BJ Penn in late October. The mean-mugged 28-year old hasn’t lost since 2007, picking up eleven straight wins in the period since.
No word has surfaced on what will be done with Koscheck.
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