In the wake of the results from last night’s UFC on Fuel lineup UFC President Dana White has addressed the future of Carlos Condit based primarily on welterweight Jake Ellenberger’s impressive outpointing of Diego Sanchez in the show’s main event. Ellenberger, who picked up his sixth straight win with the performance, fought to a Split Decision with Condit in 2009 and is a legitimate top contender to the divisional title.
“I have no idea. We’ll see what happens. Again, tonight’s the night of the fight. Carlos Condit’s sittin home tonight. In three months he might have a different opinion. He might say, ‘You know what, let’s do this.’,” said White on the post-event Fuel TV breakdown.
“I think that if I’m Carlos Condit and the Diaz match is available I take the Diaz match,” White continued while alluding to the possibility of Nick Diaz not being suspended by the NSAC for marijuana use. “If not, I probably sit around and wait for GSP. It makes all the sense in the world. He just came off a Split Decision against Ellenberger. He knows if he beats GSP he’s gonna end up facing Ellenberger again. But also on the May 5 card on FOX we have Koscheck fighting Hendricks so we’ll see what happens.”
With Georges St. Pierre out until at least November it seems possible Condit may get the itch to defend his interim belt after already having been out of action for the better part of a year leading up to his decision win over Diaz. If Condit does decide to wait and GSP suffers no setbacks while rehabbing from his knee injury a likely eliminator bout could potentially be put in place between Ellenberger and Johny Hendricks if he emerges victorious against Josh Koscheck.
As far as Sanchez, who could be moving to lightweight again, White showed nothing but respect, stating, “The kid’s a stud. He brings it every time. He comes to fight. Tell me the last Diego Sanchez that sucked. If the kid wants to fight at 55, 45, 25…he can fight wherever he wants to.”
Check out the full interview with White below:
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