Carlos Condit on Nick Diaz Drug Test: “With Nick’s past history I guess it’s not too big of a surprise”

February 14, 2012 – 8:45 am by Chris Fedor

While the fans might not have liked his fighting style at UFC 143, Carlos Condit did what he needed to do that night by beating Nick Diaz and capturing the UFC Welterweight Championship belt. Because it was a close fight between him and Diaz there were talks about a rematch while Georges St. Pierre continues to rehab from his latest injury. Condit had no reason to accept a rematch. He won the fight. There was no controversy with the decision. He shouldn’t have to beat Diaz twice, but Condit was still willing to do it because he wants the best fights possible. The rematch isn’t going to happen though. Shortly after the fight, Diaz tested positive for marijuana. Now the future of Carlos Condit inside the cage is a bit cloudy. What we do know is that he is the new king of the Welterweight division in the UFC. At least until GSP makes his return.

Carlos Condit joined ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas on MMA Insiders with Cofield, Trigg, and Iole to talk about whether he saw the news about Nick Diaz testing positive for drugs coming, if he thought a rematch was going to happen between him and Nick Diaz, on the idea that fans were not happy with his game plan against Diaz, whether he thinks he ran from Nick Diaz, what his next fight will be, and why he was willing to take the rematch with Diaz before it fell through.

Whether he saw the news about Nick Diaz testing positive coming:

“No, but honestly with Nick’s past history I guess it’s not too big of a surprise.”

If he thought a rematch was going to happen between him and Nick Diaz:

“Yeah I had talked to Dana and talked to Dana I believe Tuesday morning and he said it would be a huge fight and I agreed. So we were just going to hash out the details. Then there was word coming from Nick’s camp that the fight might not happen so we were sitting around very curious why the rematch might not be happening.”

On fans not being happy with his game plan against Diaz:

“Right after the fight I felt I won four rounds to one. It was a very decisive victory…then I went back and watched the fight and from what I saw man it was very, very close. Depending on your judging criteria, some of those rounds could’ve gone either way. It was a very close fight and say what you will about the fight and what my strategy was, I think we put on an entertaining show and it would be a fight that fans would want to see again. That was my thought process when I agreed to the fight, to the rematch.”

Whether he feels like he ran from Nick Diaz:

“I’m not going to sit here and say it was my most aggressive performance or that I had my normal killer instinct. I think there were some moments where I could’ve pushed but as far as running, Nick Diaz likes to push you into the cage and bombard you with punches, that was his strategy. Mine was to keep distance and keep the fight in the center of the cage. That’s what I did. People who are saying that I was running maybe they are not as educated on the sport. A lot of people just like to see two guys stand there and slug it out and see who can bash the other guys head in the fastest. It went well. There were a lot of people who were disappointed but there were a lot of people who really enjoyed the fight.”

When his next fight will be now that it looks like the rematch is off:

“Well I think that it really depends on Georges St. Pierre’s recovery timeline. Is he out until September? Is he out until December? A lot of that depends on George. If he’s going to be out until November or December we may think about taking another fight. It’s up in the air at this point.”

Why he would’ve been willing to take a rematch with a fighter he had already beaten:

“I think I also said I want to be in big fights and regardless of the opponent or circumstances, I want to be in fights that there’s a lot of buzz about and a lot of people are excited to see. A rematch with Nick Diaz fits that criteria.”

Listen to Carlos Condit on ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas here

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  1. 18 Responses to “Carlos Condit on Nick Diaz Drug Test: “With Nick’s past history I guess it’s not too big of a surprise””

  2. Au contraire. There was LOTS of controversy with the decision, because Condit flatly lost rounds 1, 2, and 5.

    By L. Furis on Feb 14, 2012

  3. Carlos says a lot of things.

    In chronological order:
    -If he won he would defend the title.
    -It would be a dog fight with Diaz.
    -He is waiting for GSP and doesn’t want to defend.
    -He doesn’t want a Diaz rematch.
    -He wants a Diaz rematch.

    By Word Up on Feb 14, 2012

  4. On first viewing I had Diaz 1,2,5.

    On second viewing the first round was a lot closer than I remembered. Condit got the best of the exchanges early on and Diaz finished strong. Tough call, and I want to give it to Diaz, but I could see it going to Condit.

    Contrarily, the third round was also closer than I remembered. Diaz strong early on and Condit was getting the best of him towards the end of the round. Pretty even overall, but I could see it going to Diaz.

    The fifth should go to Diaz for the groundwork but who knows how the judges saw that one. It seemed like Condit was winning the round until the last minute when Diaz took his back and tooled him until 10 seconds remained on the clock and he had to go for something.

    The second and fourth are the only rounds that everyone agrees on. So yeah, there’s controversy.

    Props to Condit for being real.

    By Carl Weathers on Feb 14, 2012

  5. Condit, sure did do what he had to win. And that was simple run,run, run, and run. even Diaz ask why are you running? Heck! for a minute there I thought I was watching forrest Gump. Ouch! sorry but, it’s the truth. Condit lost my respect Diaz don’t worry you have our respect. Looking forward to seeing you back in the ring.I think I’ll join the UFC knowing running is allowed and make some $$$ at the same time.

    By roland on Feb 14, 2012

  6. Carlos Condit admitted if he would have fought any-other fight, Diaz would have beaten him.
    Condit literally did runaway from Diaz on multiple occasions. Condit should be embrassed for his game plan. (Running)
    When Pacquio defeated Marquez most recently, Marques threw more, even landed more. However, Pacman landed the higher percentage. Pacman was considered and awarded points for being the aggressor. And Pacman landed the harder punches.Thus, Pacman retained.
    Winners are not runners!
    And the marijuana test will be thrown out in April.

    By Ben Franklin on Feb 14, 2012

  7. Journalism is not for you; I have yet to read past the first paragraph because I’m stunned by your stupidity…. You actually said, “There was no controversy with the decision.” You’re either stupid or a liar; either way, even the most simple forms of journalism are not for you.

    Condit fought Nick Diaz as if Nick had superior ground skills and stand-up skills, he fought like a child fighting an adult, and if he thought Nick was so much better than him, he shouldn’t have taken the fight. Condit fans immediately recognized that Condit was not fighting the way he fought everyone else: he was not using his extremely powerful, formidable, unique style.

    Furthermore, Condit was exploiting loop-holes in the UFC system and clearly fighting for points. When asked, Greg Jackson acted like a politician and said, “no, it’s stupid to fight with the intention to go to decision…” I mean, what a sick politician-like statement; yeah Condit INTENDED to throw 20 spinning backfists and pray one of them knocked Nick out, BUT he fought for points.

    Fighting for points is a serious problem in jiu jitsu tournaments becuz people will stall and do nothing but hold positions instead of advancing; but the Gracies stepped up, and in their tournament you could only win with a submission. The point: In jiu jitsu, the difference between fighting to win and fighting for points was EXTREMELY apparent; in MMA it’s less apparent, but there’s still a major difference.

    I don’t think I’ve talked to one person who denies that Condit fought like Nick had superior skills in all aspects of the game. But there’s no controversy right? And regardless of ALL of that, how many MMA fighters & experts say Nick won rounds 1, 2, and 3???? But there’s no controversy, right?

    By Blake on Feb 14, 2012

  8. At the end I meant, “rounds 1, 2, and 5″. I don’t think Condit realizes how many fans he lost and how many people lost respect for him. I’m certainly not going to be watching any more of his fights… unless he fights Nick before GSP, idc if it’s in a backyard; the only way for me to even consider gaining respect for Condit again is if he embraces the person he truly is again, and fights with his unique style, and with the intention to literally win instead of technically win.

    By Blake on Feb 14, 2012

  9. Absolutely nothing controversial about the fight.At best it was a close fight that either man could have won which Condit did.
    Its not like Diaz dominated at all-he was outworked and oustruck in every round apart from the 2nd.
    In fact Diaz won the 2nd round and Condit the 3rd and 4th easily-the other 2 were close and could have gone either way-close but not contreversial.
    More a horrible case of sour grapes,gripes,whining and spitting the dummy by Diaz who has to learn to stop being childish.
    In reality Nicks performance was rubbish-he was slow,outthought and outfought

    By mo on Feb 16, 2012

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