The welterweights battled back in 2012, and Condit won the tightly contested bout, and the interim belt, by unanimous decision. Condit went on to face champion Georges St. Pierre, who in turn, decisioned Diaz after that.
Well, fast forward to 2015 and Condit is scheduled to fight reigning champ Robbie Lawler on November 15th. Although Diaz is currently suspended and isn’t in the title shot mix at 170, fans still wonder if a rematch with Condit could materialize at some juncture.
Well, Condit recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing the Stockton star, here is some of what he had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Honestly, I don’t think anything short of a rematch with [Diaz] would change things in anybody’s mind,” Condit said. “I’m not worried about it. I went out there and I got the win. And … I’ve said it in interviews in the past, I’ve agreed to that rematch a couple times. I don’t know if he’s ever coming back.”
…I’d have to get my head right for that. Of course I’m not looking past Robbie Lawler, but if I get this belt, I’d like to avenge a couple losses to the next couple of guys who you mentioned earlier, Hendricks and Woodley.”
It’s hard to fault Condit for his thinking on this. After all, he has said he’d fight Diaz again in the past, but right now he’s preparing for a title shot. If Condit wins, then he’ll almost certainly face the winner of Johny Hendricks-Tyron Woodley, who both hold wins over him. That fight will happen on October 3rd at UFC 192.
Of course Condit-Diaz II would be awesome, but at the end of the day, the latter is winless in his last three fights and isn’t in the title shot mix. Now, if Condit loses at UFC 193, and Diaz is up for a rematch in 2016, well…then we have a no-brainer on our hands no?
UFC 193 will go down at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.