It appears the welterweight division will have to deal without a title-defense for the bulk of 2012 after UFC President Dana White came forward to reveal interim champion Carlos Condit will twiddle his thumbs until November when Georges St. Pierre is expected to return from a knee injury. Previously it was believed Condit would face Nick Diaz in a rematch based on the controversial nature of their UFC 143 bout. However, with Diaz’s status still in limbo due to his pending retirement/suspension, it looks like no other opponents are on the table for “The Natural Born Killer” other than St. Pierre.
“We don’t know when Georges is coming back yet, but Carlos isn’t going to fight another fight,” said White in a conversation with MMAJunkie.
White also cleared the air surrounding a rumor Condit only accepted a second fight with Diaz after hearing from a source that the Stockton scrapper had tested positive for marijuana use.
“Condit won the fight. He won the right to fight Georges St. Pierre. He won the title. But I swear to God on my children’s lives, if you think there’s some conspiracy here or something, he accepted the f*cking fight.”
In the meantime it appears tonight’s tilt between Jake Ellenberger-Diego Sanchez and the recently announced UFC on FOX 3 fight between Johny Hendricks-Josh Koscheck will simply serve to help set up an eventual opponent for the winner of Condit-St. Pierre barring some sort of setback for GSP keeping him out longer than expected.
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