MENU
#UFC 217 #Conor McGregor #Michael Bisping #GSP #UFC Fight Night 55


Nick Diaz UFC 129After UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre on Friday declared he was taking a leave of absence and vacating his belt, UFC president Dana White moved swiftly to fill the void.

He announced that Johny Hendricks would face Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas to declare a new champion. White added that he had something special in the works for Carlos Condit, another fighter that many considered a viable contender to the vacated belt.

At UFC on Fox 9 on Saturday night, White revealed that he offered a bout with Condit to “is he retired or is he not fighter” Nick Diaz. And evidently, at least for the foreseeable future, Diaz is still retired.

“I was trying to make Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz,” said White. “Nick Diaz turned the fight down tonight. He didn’t want it.”

It was a disappointment for White, who said that Condit accepted the fight immediately. At this point, it was up to Diaz to make the fight happen, but he declined.

White said he spoke to Diaz face to face at UFC on Fox 9 about the match-up, but he wasn’t about to press him on it if he didn’t want to fight. It wasn’t a matter of the details; it was a matter of desire.

“It’s not about negotiating. He’s under contract. It’s do you want to fight or do you not want to fight,” said White. “What you don’t want to do is pressure a guy that doesn’t want to fight.

“You gotta have (that fire) or you shouldn’t do it.”

Diaz apparently mentioned possibly coming back to fight sometime around May, but White later added that he wasn’t going to keep offering Diaz fights. He told Diaz to let him know when he’s ready to fight again.

In the meantime, it’s back to the drawing board for a fight for Carlos Condit, who was originally slated to meet Matt Brown on Saturday night. Brown, however, suffered a couple of herniated discs and had to bow out.

White wanted to broach the Condit vs. Diaz fight first, so now that the fight isn’t going to happen, he said they’ll rethink things and try to find a fight for Condit.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Galleries

Carlos Condit Fights

  • a year ago
  • 1731 views

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Watch Dana White goof on the tattoos of Conor McGregor, Brock Lesnar, Alan Belcher

  • 20 days ago
  • 25 views

UFC President Dana White says he isn’t really a tattoo guy, which might be surprising for an MMA promoter. Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White: No one wants Conor McGregor vs. Paulie Malignaggi, who turns focus to Artem Lobov

  • 26 days ago
  • 52 views

UFC President Dana White adamantly denies Paulie Malignaggi’s claim that a fight with Conor McGregor is in negotiations.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Report: UFC President Dana White 'getting into boxing, 100 percent'

  • 14 days ago
  • 10 views

Turns out Zuffa Boxing really is more than just a T-shirt.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Not retired? Then Siyar Bahadurzada wants Matt Brown (but don't bring the kids)

  • 9 days ago
  • 30 views

If Matt Brown isn’t going to retire just yet, at least one fellow welterweight is willing to give him a fight.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>

Dustin Poirier adamant about Eddie Alvarez rematch after TKO win over Anthony Pettis

  • 11 days ago
  • 8 views

Turns out Dustin Poirier isn’t through with Eddie Alvarez and is rooting for him to take out surging lightweight Justin Gaethje next month.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Rizin Boss Claims Mirko Cro Cop Returning for a 'Few More' Fights Before Retiring... Again | MMAWeekly.com

  • 10 days ago
  • 9 views

It appears that Mirko Cro Cop's most recent retirement, which he claimed "really is the end," isn't really the end. read news >>

Back from long layoff, Tatiana Suarez wants to take scenic route to UFC title

  • 9 days ago
  • 8 views

Tatiana Suarez isn’t looking to rush into a UFC title shot after returning from a long layoff at UFC Fight Night 120.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White Rips Colin Cowherd For 'Dirty' Tactics During TV Deal Negotiations | MMAWeekly.com

  • 9 days ago
  • 243 views

As the UFC begins negotiations on a new TV deal that will begin in 2019, UFC president Dana White is already seeing some dirty tactics being played. White reacted to a statement he heard from FOX hos read news >>

Dana White Rips Mike Swick for Doing the 'Worst Thing to Ever Happen to the UFC' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 1615 views

UFC president Dana White credits Mike Swick with one of the worst things to ever happen to his company. read news >>

VFC 59 headlined by two title fights Dec. 16 in Omaha

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 views

VFC intends to conclude 2017 on a high note.Filed under: News read news >>