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Who's Next in Line for Georges St-Pierre?

SodaHead Sports 2011/10/28 19:00:00
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UFC president Dana White announced during the "UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz" press conference on Wednesday that Carlos Condit will remain the number one contender for Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title. Condit was originally slated to challenge GSP in the main event, but the champion had to pull out due to injury. The fight is expected to take place early next year.

In its place is an intriguing welterweight match-up between former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz and UFC legend BJ Penn. Diaz was originally scheduled to fight GSP in a "champion vs. champion" themed fight, with the UFC title on the line. Unfortunately, Diaz no-showed two press conferences, drawing the ire of his boss and ended up being replaced by Condit. Diaz has won 10 straight fights and has not lost since 2007, although he has not faced a fighter the caliber of Penn in years -- if ever.

While Penn is coming off of a controversial draw against Jon Fitch earlier this year, the welterweight and lightweight champion looks to leapfrog in the rankings with a win over Diaz. What works against Penn's favor even if he does win is that GSP has already beaten him twice -- including a decisive beat-down in their title fight. Regardless, Penn is still a big name and could do big business for the UFC should he get back into contention.

Both fighters will be out to prove that they should be next in line after GSP vs. Condit. Given Diaz's camp's recent comments, if he finishes Penn, he will look to get a shot before Condit. That certainly remains to be seen -- especially when Condit has something to say about it. UFC 137 airs live on pay-per-view on Saturday, October 29.

ufc 137 gsp vs condit


Main Card on PPV - Welterweight bout: BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz, Heavyweight bout: Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione, Heavyweight bout: Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović vs. Roy Nelson, Featherweight bout: Hatsu Hioki vs. George Roop, Bantamweight bout: Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran

Preliminary card (Spike TV) at 8pm/ET - Lightweight bout: Dennis Siver vs. Donald Cerrone, Featherweight bout: Tyson Griffin vs. Bart Palaszewski

Preliminary card (Facebook) - Middleweight bout: Clifford Starks vs. Dustin Jacoby, Light Heavyweight bout: Brandon Vera vs. Eliot Marshall, Lightweight bout: Ramsey Nijem vs. Danny Downes, Middleweight bout: Chris Camozzi vs. Francis Carmont
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  • The Aging Yankee Liberal Do... 2012/01/15 23:22:17
    Nick Diaz
    The Aging Yankee Liberal Douche
    dont be scared homie
  • harley oldman 2011/10/31 13:22:44
    Nick Diaz
    harley oldman
    GPS is the Class Act of the UFC...!
  • Toby 2011/10/31 09:37:35 (edited)
    Nick Diaz
    Toby
    If they pay me as much as any of these other guys I'll fight GSP , sign me up... actually I'll do it for half of what they pay these other guys!

    Sure he has like maximum skills , but I'm unfairly above his weight/height and got decent skills myself...

    Dana White , call me :P
  • I NEED A HORSE 2011/10/30 08:17:42
  • coach k 2011/10/30 03:49:25
    Nick Diaz
    coach k
    nick is a bad man
  • El Prez 2011/10/29 22:10:11
    Nick Diaz
    El Prez
    This guy is a monster. He continues to knock down everyone who comes up. Hopefully Diaz can give him a fight.
  • El Prez El Prez 2011/10/31 19:02:14
    El Prez
    Now that Penn is retiring, it's all left to Diaz for the moment.
  • Melicious Kiss of PHAET 2011/10/29 19:51:25
    Nick Diaz
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    It should be Diaz as GSP has beaten Penn twice before, but Diaz has proven unreliable to showing up to scheduled events and press conferences.

    It wont be long until GSP goes up in weight class or Anderson Silva drops down. Really, at this point in the game, neither Silva nor GSP have any real competition.
  • Sexuall... Melicio... 2011/10/29 20:43:23
    Sexuallobster
    +1
    I agree with you mostly.

    But I wanna see him fight Jake Shields again, because tht night he looked incredibly sloppy. Nothing against GSP though, everyone has a bad night.
  • Melicio... Sexuall... 2011/10/29 20:47:47
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +2
    I'll admit that Jake Shields did not seem up to his usual fighting standards, so another fight might be warranted and have different results. He'd certainly be a better match up than BJ Penn, whom seems more interested in partying than training.
  • Sexuall... Melicio... 2011/10/29 21:00:38
    Sexuallobster
    +1
    He needs to do more than 5 minutes of cardio a week lol.

    But seeing as now that Shields is fighting top tier opponents he's on a 2 loss streak already, I don't think he'll be getting another title shot with the WW devision getting staced again.
  • Melicio... Sexuall... 2011/10/30 04:33:21
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +2
    Did you watch? BJ Penn killed the first round, then he got tired (like usual) and Diaz took it. It was a good fight though.

    One thing. Diaz looked so stupid calling out GSP and saying he was scared.

    1st... he BARELY held out against Penn. Did anybody see his face? And he thinks he can take GSP? What a joke. He better train really hard.

    2nd... he thinks GSP is scared? Who couldn't be bothered to show up for not one but two press conferences... the second after Dana White sent a plane for him, and he calls GSP scared. What a joke.

    I dislike Nick Diaz.

    That being said, I called the victor on every fight except one. Big Country. :(
  • Ves~Sai... Melicio... 2011/10/30 04:45:08
    Ves~Sailor Soldier of PHAET
    +1
    I love you. You enjoy UFC woman after my own heart haha :P
  • Melicio... Ves~Sai... 2011/10/30 04:48:44
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    I freaking love MMA. :) Heheh... I follow it like a mad woman. I know it is slightly barbaric, but watching men beat each other is exactly my cup of tea.
  • Ves~Sai... Melicio... 2011/10/30 04:54:19 (edited)
    Ves~Sailor Soldier of PHAET
    +1
    Lol, you are awesome. I usually have to follow online when I get the time since I don't have cable and the last time I saw a UFC fight on pay per view was when I went to the bar down my street and my bf and I watched Rampage vs Evans.
  • Melicio... Ves~Sai... 2011/10/30 04:59:25 (edited)
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    Ooooh... November 12th on Fox is a free fight. I think it's going to be Valasquez vs Dos Santos. :D No cable needed.


    Do you want a run down of tonight's fights? LOL

    http://www.mmafighting.com/20...
  • Ves~Sai... Melicio... 2011/10/30 05:01:41
    Ves~Sailor Soldier of PHAET
    +1
    Lol you rock, now I wish you lived closer so we could watch the fights together lol.

    But yes thank you for that link!
  • Melicio... Ves~Sai... 2011/10/30 05:03:18
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    That would be so much fun. :p I cook like mad for it. :) So I'd feed you too.
  • Ves~Sai... Melicio... 2011/10/30 05:10:13
    Ves~Sailor Soldier of PHAET
    +1
    Full.Of.Win <3
  • Sexuall... Melicio... 2011/10/31 04:17:44
    Sexuallobster
    +1
    I called everything right except for the Dennis Siver fight :o

    Yea I dislike Diaz too. He's been ducking fights with Jon Fitch and Mayhem Miller for like 2 years, but has the nerve to say GSP, the #2 P4P fighter is scared. Like you said; after not showing up for two press confrenses AND having like 3 different flights booked for him.

    Dana said just in re-booking his flights he spent like a grand. The guy's a dick. And after GSP takes out Condit, I can't wait to see Diaz' face and hear what he says after the fight.
  • Melicio... Sexuall... 2011/10/31 15:43:50
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    You and me both. :)
  • Dickens 2011/10/29 06:53:56
    Nick Diaz
    Dickens
    ...or Cameron Diaz...
  • mustachio 2011/10/29 04:05:12
    BJ Penn
    mustachio
    Haha bj
  • david shiel 2011/10/29 02:37:34
    BJ Penn
    david shiel
    I am mulling over an offer.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2011/10/29 01:48:35
    Nick Diaz
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Just a guess.
  • dandieselonian 2011/10/28 22:42:26
    Nick Diaz
    dandieselonian
    I think it will be Nick Diaz he is very strong and skilled fighter
  • All American 2011/10/28 21:51:27
    Nick Diaz
    All American
    +1
    Actually it should be this guy, Skippy "Bones" Kowalsky. He's undefeated:

    skinny guy
  • El Prez All Ame... 2011/10/29 22:11:53
    El Prez
    +1
    Go Skinny!! However, we should make his funeral arrangements in advance. Go Skinny!
  • All Ame... El Prez 2011/10/29 23:27:40
    All American
    and some life insurance, too!
  • El Prez All Ame... 2011/10/31 18:59:57
    El Prez
    +1
    Deal me in!!!!
  • Shawn 2011/10/28 21:03:57
  • Sexuallobster 2011/10/28 21:00:35
    Nick Diaz
    Sexuallobster
    +2
    BJ's biggest weakness is his cardio, and Nick runs marathons for fun. They both have great jiu-jitsu, but none is better than the other enough to decicively use it. On the feet I give Penn the advantage, but Diaz has a chin made of granite.

    I predictc a 29-28 Unanimous decision for Nick Diaz.
  • kraftymomma1979 2011/10/28 20:10:35
    Nick Diaz
    kraftymomma1979
    Actually, I have no idea. I just guessed. Both guys have great bodies. I may be 50, but I'm a long way from dead. :)
  • El Prez kraftym... 2011/10/29 22:13:45
    El Prez
    Actually, they all have great bodies. That is their weapon.
  • Melicio... El Prez 2011/10/30 15:46:07
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    Uh... have you seen Big Country? http://6th-round.com/wp-conte...
  • kraftym... El Prez 2011/10/31 17:03:47
    kraftymomma1979
    Their weapon and their babe magnet...
  • Daryl 2011/10/28 20:06:01
    Nick Diaz
    Daryl
    +6
    GSP is freaking amazing.
  • Melicio... Daryl 2011/10/29 19:52:08
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +2
    He truly is. We call him "The Specimen." But what I love about GSP is his personality.
  • Daryl Melicio... 2011/10/29 19:56:45
    Daryl
    +3
    He seems to be one of the most humble fighters in the UFC.
  • Melicio... Daryl 2011/10/29 20:07:13
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +2
    I completely agree. Even when fighters like Koscheck he rises above it, letting his performance in the ring speak for itself.

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