MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White said a rematch between interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz is possible given the close nature of their first fight.
Condit defeated Diaz via unanimous decision to win the interim welterweight championship in the main event of UFC 143, and he has a chance to be the undisputed champion should he defeat Georges St. Pierre later in the year.
But Diaz and his fans have complained about Condit’s win, as the fighter used constant movement and crisp counterstriking to out-point Diaz.
Diaz claimed that Condit ran away from him the whole fight.
“Carlos Condit won this fight.... Carlos Condit won, and I think the fans are mad at the way Carlos Condit fought. Too (expletive) bad. He came in with a game plan and stuck to it and won,” White said in an interview with Bloody Elbow.
White did say that he was open to making a rematch since the first match was close.
“You know, people are (complaining), and thinking that i was close or whatever, so we can do that fight against before GSP comes back,” he said.
“It depends on Carlos, too, he’s really gotta say, and Nick’s gotta say ‘I want to fight him again too,’” White added.
Diaz threatened to retire from the UFC after the fight and expressed his disgust with the way the bout was judged.
If the Condit-Diaz rematch does not happen, White said he will be happy with the Condit-GSP match-up.
“GSP and Condit will be a good fight, I guarantee you,” he said.
St. Pierre had made no secret of his desire to fight Diaz, even saying before the fight that he wanted Diaz to win.
But with Condit emerging as the winner, White said St. Pierre will have to adjust his mindset.
“I know GSP wanted that Diaz fight bad, but it’s not going to be Diaz so he better get angry with Carlos Condit or focus on Carlos Condit or whatever he needs to do,” he said.