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Rematch?

One of the big hopeful headlines coming out of UFC 143 was Dana White saying there could possibly be an immediate Diaz / Condit rematch before GSP comes back:

“Carlos Condit won this fight. No matter how much Georges and Nick hate each other, Carlos Condit won, and I think the fans are mad at the way Carlos Condit fought. Too f—— bad. He came in with a game plan and stuck to it and won.”

“It’s crazy, but, I was thinking it after the fight. You know, people are bitching and thinking it was close or whatever, we can do that fight again before GSP comes back. It depends on Carlos too, he’s really gotta say, and Nick’s gotta say I want to fight him again too.”

Well, Carlos Condit was sitting right next to Dana White during the press conference and he seemed non-plussed at the idea of basically giving Nick Diaz another chance at not screwing up the big money fight everyone wants to see. It’s not like Carlos can just pull the same gameplan out and use it again. A large amount of it’s success relied on Nick Diaz being dumb, and as a fellow idiot once said, “Fool me one, shame on you. Fool me, I ain’t gonna get fooled again!”

Piling on the obvious ‘No’ answer is Condit’s management, who said this today:

“At this point, [a rematch] is not something we’re looking to do,” he said. “We’re looking for Georges. People forget, Carlos waited a long time to get this fight. He was moved around, and shuffled around between fights. He won the fight. It doesn’t interest us at all. I think clearly and decisively, he won the fight. Even [UFC president] Dana [White] scored it for him. All of the opinions that matter scored Carlos as winner.”

In addition to pointing out the unanimous judges’ decision as well as White’s opinion, Kawa noted that fight statistics showed Condit out-landing Diaz. FightMetric stats had Condit landing 159 total strikes, and Diaz landing 117.

“It was a performance that was excellent,” Kawa said. “He picked apart a very formidable fighter. Two judges saw it four rounds to one, and one saw it three to two. The fact that he didn’t stand and bang with him? I’m sorry, not every fighter has to do that. He did what he had to do, and that goes to show me that this guy is mature, he’s fighting fights that are smart.”

Condit had a lot of success taking a page out of the playbooks of Dominick Cruz and Lyoto Machida (circa 2007 before his daddy demanded more aggression). Unfortunately for him, most fans think those playbooks suck. He made his bed, now he has to lie in it. His bed full of money and title shots. Poor Carlos!

13 COMMENTS
  • OlyReigns says:

    I actually really enjoy that fighting style. I love watching Machida fight. I think that fighting style can also be more aggressive at the same time. Lots of counter punchers make great knockout artists. If you want to fight a fight that requires distance and uses more kicks and your opponent is content to try and stalk you down then there is nothing wrong with you running out of his way and creating space for yourself. If Nick had realized that he was losing and wasn’t such a cocky dick then he could have changed his plan as well and brought it to the ground and gone for the sub, like he did in the end but it was too little too late. Diaz’s face looked more messed up in the end as well even though most of the damage went to his legs.Condit clearly won in my eyes. Fuck Diaz for being a whinny bitch after the fight. He had 25 mins to win that fight and he couldn’t.

  • dignan says:

    I would love to see a rematch.

    While I do not think that Diaz won the fight outright, I wasn’t extremely impressed with Condit attack, or lack of attack.

    Just imagine for a moment, if Diaz chose to utilize a similar game plan. Both fighters backing up and neither engaging waiting for a counter attack. BORING.

    You need two to tango, and that is why in sports such as boxing, tae kwon do, and Pride, fighters lose points for being unwilling to engage.

    Nick will never play that game, and I don’t think he’s an idiot for wanting to actually fight. Unfortunately, the scoring of MMA is still evolving and they are setting a dangerous precedent by giving Condit this victory.

    Everyone knows Diaz is tougher than Condit, and a superior fighter.

  • 32hunter says:

    lol, we’ll make that shit happen yet.

  • Jarman says:

    Whoa, don’t be so quick to claim you know anything, if part of what you know is what other people know. If Diaz was in any way superior, and not a cocky asshat, he would’ve tried a different tactic than mean-mugging. If he was superior, he could have won that fight.

    Just imagine realistically, for a moment, both fighters came in with that same countering gameplan. Within a minute or so, they would realize that that is simply not a fight. The less patient, disciplined fighter will abandon the strategy, and respond to the passive style. A countering game plan can only be enacted against a complementary aggressive style. Nick DID play that game, for about 45 seconds. He backed off, and countered. What did Condit do? moved forward, and threw punches, landing ones with strange timing. Diaz obviously didn’t like that…..he immediately tasted failure at that tactic too, and went back to his old plan. he racks discprine! and it showed. His yapping, bullshit taunting, and childlike holding onto the leg didn’t even phase condit. He stayed disciplined, kept control of his emotions, and won the fight according to the established rules.

    Prior to this fight, I would have said Diaz was tougher than Condit, and a superior fighter. Now that the proof has been shown, I will say that Diaz is likely tougher than Condit (his punches definitely had a major effect, if not visibly damaging), but Condit is more intelligent, more disciplined, and an unquestionably superior fighter. Until he can solve Condit, that will stand. And GSP will own both….in five rounds.

  • OlyReigns, you made every point I was going to make exactly as…. as… Phoenix, what the fuck am I looking at?

  • frickshun says:

    Phoenigga–>very poignant.

  • iamphoenix says:

    I brought it straight to the only logical ending. This is a re-release, was supposed to be in 3D but I don’t have the funding.

  • 32hunter says:

    hey!!! we made this shit happen(pending official confirmation)

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    I cannot believe they’re doing this.  Maybe Condit doesn’t feel happy with the crowd reaction?  I heard Jackson even started dissing the crowd so I’m really surprised this is happening.

  • frickshun says:

    ^^Oh yeah….just can’t imagine why they’d agree to…….what’s that? Pay DOUBLES under the table?! WHERE DO I SIGN???

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Pay DOUBLES under the table?! WHERE DO I SIGN???

    That’d be awesome, he could finish his Natural Born Decorating.

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