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Carlos Condit was totally down for that rematch

It’s kinda a moot point at this moment, but for the record Carlos Condit would like you to know he was going to take that Nick Diaz rematch. Here he is telling Sports Illustrated about his conversation with Dana:

“So I called him,” Condit said. “…We talked about [the fight] a little bit. He said he thought that I won, but at the same time a lot of people were calling for the rematch and it would be a huge fight. The day before I had told my manager that I’d be into a rematch, and I told Dana White the same thing. I said I’m down. Let’s just figure out the details and we’ll do it.”

Condit’s manager, Malki Kawa, had sounded considerably less enthusiastic about a rematch the day before, telling that it was “not something we’re looking to do,” but to Condit, it made sense. Even after going home and watching the fight on tape he felt he’d earned the decision, he said, “but I could see how it was somewhat of a controversial decision. It was close.”

So he told White he’d do it. And why not? As he explained, “I don’t think I need the rematch. I won the fight; I think I’d win a rematch. But the thing about it is, I want to be in big fights, fights where there’s a lot of buzz, a lot of people wanting to see the fight, and a rematch with Nick Diaz fits the bill.”

There’s ton’s of reasons why not. But it seems like Carlos Condit will do anything the bosses ask of him. Give up a title shot? Okay. Give it up again and rematch the guy you just beat? Okay. Give Zuffa brass oral pleasure? Okay. This just goes to show you why managers are supposed to take these kinds of calls. And why the UFC pulls a runaround on them.

  • iamphoenix says:

    that condit is such a brick smasher.

  • CAP says:

    Yep, no reason to have a manager at all.

  • ghostboner says:

    That pic is so scary! Look at that fucking pile of bricks! And that badass shirt! Karl Conduit=new fav fighter

  • kwagnuth says:

    Yeah he needs to find a good manager who will teach him how to go the safe route. Thats what being a true champion is all about just ask George.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    I thoroughly see where you’re coming from vis-a-vis Managers, but his manager wasn’t gonna be the one booed for not taking the rematch.  His manager hasn’t busted his ass to be a fighter who’ll take on anyone, anytime.  Condit has.

    He still would’ve had to clear the choice with Condit, so it would’ve probably happened anyway.  It’s that discussion that I think is important for managers to have with talent, so they at least think about long terms consequences, but I I just think this particular issue is a no-brainer.

  • CAP says:

    When it comes to one on one conversations with Dana not many fighters will have the balls to say no. The precedent has been set when it comes to not being a “team player” and where that gets you. Fighters will be giving up a lot of control (what little they already have) by not having a manager.

  • Symbul says:

    What CAP said.

    Fighters need someone to play hardball with the UFC for them. Hey the UFC might be generous and always pay them as much as is feasible for them and give them the best, most appropriate fights for their careers to blossom.

    But then, they probably won’t. That’s what managers are for. Negotiate up your contract, posture like you just wanna hold out for GSP so they offer you more money to fight Diaz again, that kind of thing.

  • frickshun says:

    You guys act like Zuffa tries to ruin young careers. They bring people along pretty fairly. Anybody that loses a big, step-up fight isn’t just cut. They seem to always be given another chance as far as I can recall.

  • Alara says:

    His fight against Johnson is going to be epic. I relaly can’t tell which way this one will go but I know that it will be standing because Johnson has the better wrestling but never showcases it. Hardy and Pearson are my favorite UK fighters, and I want to see them both do well. Some people lose control of their sporting mentalities, when watching MMA, and believe it goes for both Americans, and English people. I wish most people would just pull their heads out of their asses/arses, and be nice.