Word is now making rounds in the MMA world that we are set for Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz 2. UFC President Dana White has now gone as far as to confirm the bout on twitter. While a rematch for the interim welterweight championship and right to fight Georges St. Pierre when GSP returns is certainly an appetizing pay-per-view event, one has to wonder if Condit is really making a wise decision to step into the cage with the Stockton scrapper again.
Although I’m a Diaz fan and picked him to defeat Condit in last weekend’s match-up, I’m somewhat disappointed at the way he and his camp have conducted himself after the loss. Diaz, forever wallowing in his petulance, first insisted he was retiring after the fight. Then Cesar Gracie insisted it was the Nevada judges who had a personal issue against Nick and that was the real reason Diaz didn’t leave with his hand raised.
This is the second time Team Cesar Gracie has levelled that allegation, the first coming after Diaz’s victory over Takanori Gomi was overturned after Diaz tested positive for marijuana. Diaz has also had his issues with the California State Athletic Commission. Two questions need to be asked at this point, when will Diaz stop blaming everybody else and take a look in the mirror; and when will Dana White stop rewarding Diaz for his childish behaviour?
As a fight fan, I will certainly be watching Condit-Diaz 2. But if I were part of Condit’s management, I would be telling him to relax and enjoy the summer. Take a vacation, maybe go with Greg Jackson on one of his ghost town expeditions. Focus on the bigger, more important challenge looming on the horizon. An undisputed title fight against the biggest star in the sport seems like a good enough reason to wait.
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